Psychology Today: What If Certain Mental Disorders Are Not Disorders At All?

Bron: Psychology Today

Datum: 18-08-20

Auteur: Alison Escalante M.D.

Originele bron: Syme, KL, Hagen, EH. Mental health is biological health: Why tackling “diseases of the mind” is an imperative for biological anthropology in the 21st century. Yearbook Phys Anthropol. 2020; 171: 87117.

What if mental disorders like anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t mental disorders at all? In a compelling new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness. With a thorough review of the evidence, they show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances. And ADHD could be a way of functioning that evolved in an ancestral environment but doesn’t match the way we live today.

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