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Book Reviews

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 illnesses 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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Health & Health Care, Mental Health, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

IMDB I recently learned from a fellow blogger about the Dunedin Study, which explored the issue of nature vs. nurture and turned up some fascinating results.  The study followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in the New Zealand city of Dunedin.  Interviewing and testing with these individuals still continues, and the study… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

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Depression

Why Did I Get Depressed?

There is so much that we don't know about what causes mental illness, and very little that we do know.  This means that asking why is rather futile at this point, but it's hard not to.  It feels like maybe if I had some idea where my depression was coming from, I'd have a better… Continue reading Why Did I Get Depressed?