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Disorders

In class we talked about how mental disorders can give individuals certain skills and talents. This made me think of a article I read awhile ago that is similar to the Scientific American article I linked. The article claims that depression gives individuals an evolutionary advantage of being able to analyze problems better than non-depressed people. Understanding depression from this perspective make you think of depression less as a disorder and more as an adaptive function.  I think many other mental disorders can provide an evolutionary advantage based on the specific skills and talents they create. Maybe mental disorders are too much of a good thing. 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=depressions-evolutionary 

 

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