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Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illness may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of … Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

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Is oversimplification of mental illness useful?

We've all heard of the "chemical imbalance" explanation for mental illness.  This terminology has served a purpose in making the argument that mental illness is actually an illness.  However, it is a gross simplification of what's actually going on in the brain.  Lately I've read criticism of the chemical imbalance idea as being inaccurate, which … Continue reading Is oversimplification of mental illness useful?

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