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Considérations évolutionnistes à propos de la dépression

Abstract : Depressive disorder is the most common psychiatric disorder. Its etiology remains obscur, like all psychiatric diseases. The Darwinian approach proposes to consider depression with an evolutionary perspective. This point view has been neglected, because the theory of evolution applied to humans raises ethical questions. We have, here, presented the necessary concepts for this type of reflexion. Then, we discuss the different darwinian models about depression. They describe the advantages and disadvantages of depression, in short and long term on the individual fitness. They agree to give a social value to the depression. Finally, we comment on these different theories, discuss about the eventual and paradoxical social interest of depression, and debate on the boundary between Normal and Pathology. This approach allows our knowledge about depression to gain new considerations, and may be transposable to other neuro and psychiatric disorders.
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Vincent Shannon. Considérations évolutionnistes à propos de la dépression. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2013. ⟨dumas-01148287⟩



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