Depression’s Upside – NYTimes.com

There’s an article called Depression’s Upside in this Sunday’s NY Times magazine, written by Jonah Lehrer.

The alternative, of course, is that depression has a secret purpose and our medical interventions are making a bad situation even worse. Like a fever that helps the immune system fight off infection — increased body temperature sends white blood cells into overdrive — depression might be an unpleasant yet adaptive response to affliction. Maybe Darwin was right. We suffer — we suffer terribly — but we don’t suffer in vain.

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