Open Access Review Article Article ID: ADA-6-145

    History of depression through the ages

    Michel Bourin*

    Depressive thoughts appeared from the origins of Humanity. They are found in philosophical writings and in literature since Antiquity. They have been approached in a religious or medical way since always, with conceptions which sometimes mixed physiological and mystical explanations. With the advent of psychiatry as a medical discipline, depressive disorder was included in the classifications of mental disorders. In the first half of the 20th century, depression was only a detectable syndrome in most mental illnesses, psychoses and neuroses, and received no special attention in our societies. Its determinism is designed in a multifactorial way, integrating psychological, social and biological factors.


    Published on: May 6, 2020 Pages: 10-18

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-5460.000045
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