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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings review - a new approach to mental disorder

8 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Randolph Nesse's insightful book suggests that conditions such as anxiety and depression have a clear evolutionary purpose Randolph Nesse is a pioneer in what he argues is a new way of thinking about psychiatric disorders and the science of mind. He sees his work as a branch of Darwinism. This intriguing book turns some age-old questions about the human condition upside down: “Why,” Nesse wonders at the outset, “do mental disorders exist at all? Why are there so many? Why are they so common?” Surely, he suggests, “natural selection could have eliminated anxiety, depression, addiction...
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