The Point of Depression?
Major Depression strikes one in six people. For those struggling with depression, it's agony--like living in the dark when everyone else is in the light. During COVID, unsurprisingly, depression and anxiety have surged with the case numbers. We are isolated, locked in what seems like a never-ending uncertainty, bereft of friends, family, physical contact, and even simple pleasures like haircuts and coffee dates. I thought this was a good time to share an article by Matthew Hutson about the evolutionary purpose of depression. For those suffering from low motivation, fatigue, sadness, rumination, it's hard to imagine this state could be of use to humans. But could there be a point? Hutson explores several theories in this well-researched Nautilus piece. It's a comfort to some of us and offers a glimpse of hope for those in the darkest depths. https://nautil.us/issue/45/power/does-depression-have-an-evolutionary-purpose