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Depression May Be A Form Of Adaptation

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The researchers at McMaster University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health were able to show a meaningful connection between answers to their 20-question test and analytical rumination -- a type of distraction-resistant thinking that is characteristic of clinical and sub-clinical depression alike.

"Depression has long been seen as nothing but a problem," says Paul Andrews, an assistant professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster. "We are asking whether it may actually be a natural adaptation that the brain uses to tackle certain problems. We are seeing more evidence that depression can be a necessary and beneficial adaptation to dealing with major, complex issues that defy easy understanding."

That recasting of depression is entirely possible.

Perhaps for some human ancestors it was their depression that enabled them to survive. 

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