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Emotions and depression
Medicographia N°116

Emotion and depression are words that go together very naturally in ordinary language. It would be unexceptional to say that major depression is a disorder of the emotions. But while the definition of depression is operationalized and agreed, the definition of emotion has been, and is, surprisingly controversial. A recent review effectively suggested that it had come to mean anything one wants it to.1 The present volume certainly illustrates the pleomorphic character of the idea of emotion from infant development through neuroscience to psycho-pathology.
It may be worth grounding the concept in its historical description and how I see it emerging in contemporary clinical controversies relevant to the treatment of depression. (…)

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