Posts tagged depression

The upside of depression

An article from the New York times exploring the benfits of depression and maybe why it is so common.

“Depressed affect made people think better.” The challenge, of course, is persuading people to accept their misery, to embrace the tonic of despair. To say that depression has a purpose or that sadness makes us smarter says nothing about its awfulness. A fever, after all, might have benefits, but we still take pills to make it go away. This is the paradox of evolution: even if our pain is useful, the urge to escape from the pain remains the most powerful instinct of all.

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Software Listens for Hints of Depression

MIT Review has published a story on how patient voices could be monitored for changes as an indication of depression.

“the software could be a valuable tool in managing patients with chronic diseases, which often lead to depression”