Darwinian models of depression: A review of evolutionary accounts of mood and mood disorders

  title={Darwinian models of depression: A review of evolutionary accounts of mood and mood disorders},
  author={N. Allen and P. Badcock},
  journal={Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry},
  • N. Allen, P. Badcock
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
  • Over the last ten years, there has been increased interest in the evolutionary origins of depressive phenomena. The current article provides a review of the major schools of thought that have emerged in this area. First, we consider important Darwinian explanations of depressed mood, including an integrative social risk hypothesis recently proposed by the authors. According to the social risk hypothesis, depression represents an adaptive response to the perceived threat of exclusion from… CONTINUE READING
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