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Possibly in response to the New Yorker article questioning the legitimacy of  depression, this article argues that not only is depression a real biological illness, but that it may have vast benefits to society. For instance, they alleged that Charles Darwin possibly suffered from it, enabling him to write one of the most significant and controversial tombs in history. It also argues that treating the illness with anti-depressants may take-away from these “beneficial effects”.  I think the controversy here lies with situational sadness and melancholy being called depression.  Yes, in my teen and early adult angst, and through some normal life changes, sadness has propelled me to some great learning and realizations; however, to someone suffering from clinical depression, is there really an upside?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28depression-t.html?pagewanted=1&hpw

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Are you really depressed?

Let’s start this blog off with a big debate happening in the field right now. Thanks to a new and widely publicized study pointing to the fact that SSRI’s are no more effective in treating mild to moderate depression than placebo’s  (see original study here: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045 ), a controversy is brewing.  Here is an interesting piece from the New Yorker that boldly asks, is depression even a real illness?

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/03/01/100301crat_atlarge_menand

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