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Social Darwinism and psychopathology

In recent years, aspects of Darwinism have been widely discussed in psychiatry to explain the origins of mood disorders [13]. 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 [4] and temperament [5]. 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).

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  • Public Health
  • Affective Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • Social Consequence