Robert Sapolsky argues that depression is not only a mental but also a biological disease.
Wow. This is an eye opener. I always thought that depression is just a mental disease. I dont kow anybody who was born depressed and I also dont know any two people from the same family who is depressed. So this is really amazing!
My father suffered from depression and anxiety and all 4 of his children suffer from depression and/or anxiety. He also died when all of us were still very young, I was the youngest at 1 years old, so we all suffered a traumatic loss at a young age. I won’t go into the rest of my life but I certainly had many other major “stress events” in my childhood that contributed to my current illness. Also, being the youngest, my fathers death seemed to have the most dramatic effect on me, and it took me years to begin to function normally again, according to my mother. This lecture just made so much sense for me and really clarified for me what caused my illness.
This construct (people getting better now have the energy to do something about depression and be a suidcide) would explain why Prozac, though effective, was replaced by more somnolescent SSRIs like paxil baring any patent motivations. (I hated paxil)
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