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Social Darwinism and psychopathology
Annals of General Psychiatry volume 9, Article number: S56 (2010)
In recent years, aspects of Darwinism have been widely discussed in psychiatry to explain the origins of mood disorders [1–3]. Authors were particularly focusing on the psychopathology of depression, while other considerations in the field of affective disorders have more broadly included the phenomena of mania  and temperament . This paper will review aspects of Darwinism in the psychopathology of mood and its social consequences.
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Erfurth, A. Social Darwinism and psychopathology. Ann Gen Psychiatry 9, S56 (2010). https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.1186/1744-859X-9-S1-S56
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- Mood Disorder
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