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Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of mood--and his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adult--Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. Moods, high and low, evolved to compel us to more efficiently pursue rewards. While this worked for our ancestors, our modern environment--in which daily survival is no longer a sole focus--makes it all too easy for low mood to slide into severe, long-lasting depression.Weaving together experimental and epidemiological research, clinical observations, and the voices of individuals who have struggled with depression, The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures--and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition. In so doing, Rottenberg offers hope in the form of his own and other patients' recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.


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29 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fascinating, must-read if you know someone with or yourself have depression 1 mars 2014
Par jdmjdmjdmjdm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A very new and interesting perspective on depression based on the author's two decades of research in the field. He makes a very persuasive case against the "chemical imbalance" explanation for depression -- and the accompanying view that depression can be categorized into discrete states, e.g. normal, moderately depressed, severely depressed -- and offers as an alternative the theory, backed by psychology experiments, that feeling "down" is a tool the brain uses for demotivation (when we're wasting energy pursuing an impossible goal). Depression, in this model, results from, among other things, continuing to pursue an unattainable goal, or at least continuing to work without signs of progress, because this prompts the mind to ramp up how "down" you feel. The harder you push, the harder it pushes back.

If that sounds simplistic and like it misses a lot, that's because it's just one of many elements of depression Rottenberg touches on. I don't want to recap the whole book here; suffice to say that it's an illuminating read, particularly if you or someone you know has depression -- there are a lot of "oh, now it makes sense why [I/he/she] do/es that."
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A enlightening read 24 mars 2014
Par Dan Fields - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This well-written book has changed the way that I think about depression. Rottenberg presents the latest research in animals and human on the evolutionary function of mood, including low mood. He in no way dismisses the anguish caused by depression and candidly describes his own experience with severe depression. But the studies that he discusses pose a serious challenge to the common notion of depression as a chemical imbalance and also shed light on why depression can be so tenacious. I applaud the author for seeking to spark a long-overdue national dialogue on depression and to reduce the stigma attached to it. As someone who has dealt with depression and has read a lot on the subject, I found Rottenberg's arguments refreshing and persuasive.
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Hint: focus in increased well-being, not happiness 15 mai 2014
Par JC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A worthwhile and comfortably logical read. The author, a doctor specializing in and with first-hand experience with depression, convincingly uses facts and perspective to explain depression. I would recommend that the reader read the first and last chapters in that order before proceeding with the other chapters. The first chapter is powerful in placing weight on the issue and the author's suggested perspective while the last chapter, by way of discussing what is successful, makes a compelling case of what is missing in today's typical approach. 5 Stars for ease of explanation and compelling message.
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Difficult topic, worthwhile read 22 avril 2014
Par Gretchen M. Gillis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This thoughtful, well-writen book includes enough science to be credible and enough personal history to be compelling. We are all surrounded by people who are depressed, so it is useful and comforting to gain an understanding of depression from this book. Much as I would like to re-read this right away, it's more important to share my copy with family and friends.
Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Rottenberg for this book.
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a new approach to depression 20 avril 2014
Par KAY AUGUSTINE - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Rottenberg explains depression as a natural function in both animals and humans which has both positive and negative effects. He envisions a paradigm shift in our approach to depression which, rather than stigmatizing those who suffer or have suffered from depression, we recognize and honor their strength for having overcome its challenges. I find his message so hopeful and helpful that I bought several copies to share.
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