Episode 13: "The Evolution of Depression" with Ed Hagen, PhD

Ed Hagen, PhD
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Ed received his doctorate in anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, after which he worked at the Institute for Theoretical Biology in Berlin. He is currently a professor of evolutionary anthropology and director of the Bioanthropology Lab at Washington State University Vancouver. His research focuses on evolutionary medicine and finding evolutionary explanations for the origins of substance use and other mental health issues. His work challenges the notion that depression is caused by a dysfunction of the brain and argues that it is likely an adaptive response passed down through natural selection.

In this episode, Bruce talks with Ed about his theories and how they can affect the way we view clinical practice.

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