How Depression Could Save Your Life

by Rachel Baker on March 10, 2014

Nick Romeo at has a very well written review of Jonathan Rottenberg’s new book, In the Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic.

despite the countless titles promising infallible strategies for attaining happiness, depression is reaching epidemic proportions. More than 30 million adults in America now suffer from depression. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 depression will surpass cancer and heart disease to become the leading cause of worldwide disability and death.

Dominant models of depression tend to treat the condition as a defect or deficiency. Psychiatry emphasizes a deficiency in the brain, cognitive therapy sees the shortcoming in our thoughts, family or couples therapy focuses on defects in our relationships.

The deficiency approach regards depression as the malfunctioning of the human organism; it’s what happens when something is missing or flawed. In The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg presents a compelling inversion of conventional wisdom, arguing that depression is not only a natural response to certain conditions, it’s a state that often promotes our very survival.

Read the review here:

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