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Why does mental illness persist when it would seem to be counterproductive in an evolutionary sense? Kahn argues that certain traits that promote group fitness can, in a modern context and if exaggerated, manifest as serious mental illness . . . A lively presentation.
Origins of Anxiety and Depression
by Jeffrey P. Kahn
(November 1, 2012 304 pp. $34.95 ISBN13: 9780199796441)
For many, understanding why they or a loved one has been diagnosed with a disorder such as depression or anxiety is itself a challenge. In a new book titled, ANGST: Origins of Anxiety and Depression author Jeffrey P. Kahn provides a meaningful answer to that question without oversimplifying or using too much jargon. While herd-like animals share a set of evolved social instincts, we humans use reason to defy our biology, and we experience five specific Anxiety and Depressive disorder subtypes as a result. Basically, we are built to be sheep, but for some reason prefer to be human. The downside of this is that our sheepish instincts complain in the form of Anxiety and Depressive Angst.
ANGST asserts a new theory that common Anxiety and Depressive Disorders experienced by a large number of peopleabout 60 million according to Kahnare modern consequences of biologically evolved social instincts. Kahn looks at five basic types of modern-day angstPanic Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD, Atypical Depression, and Melancholic Depressionand shows how each derives from primeval social instincts that once helped our ancestors survive. He chose these five because they are not only the most common in the general population but are also the most common among people who are generally successful who walk into a psychiatrists office. Kahn examines how each instinctive syndrome evolved with the development of Homo sapiens, how they resemble behavior in other species, how they correspond to the five clinical syndromes and what we know about their biology, genetics, and epigenetics.
Here is the short version of what the instincts are and what they once did for our
primeval selves and tribes:
Purpose: Kept us close enough to home and group that we could find our way back.
Motto: Catastrophes await if you cant find your way home.
Purpose: Kept us in line in our tribal social hierarchies to keep the peace at home.
Motto: Shame and embarrassment come from not knowing your primeval rank.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Purpose: Kept us on track for the work needed to let people live together safely.
Motto: Clean, arrange, save and behave for a sure and tidy nest.
Purpose: Kept us well-enough behaved for a cooperative society.
Motto: Behave yourself to avoid rejection, remorse, and exile.
Purpose: Death kept us from using scarce resources when no longer useful to the group.
Motto: Take one for the team if you are too old or too ill.
Purpose: Kept us responsive to our companions and environment
Motto: Thoughtful understanding leads to better solutions.
Topics for discussion include:
· What makes us uniquely human is our rational ability to transcend biological social instincts
· What are some cultural or music references that illustrate some of the ideas discussed in the book?
· Why careful psychiatric diagnosis is so often overlooked?
· Beer as a catalyst for human civilization
· Do we already have the knowledge and tools to cure Schizophrenia?
While other books have focused on these disorders and the drugs used to treat them, ANGST provides a reasoned and entertaining new framework for understanding our knowledge of psychiatric neuroscience, clinical research, diagnosis and treatment. Ranging from Darwin and Freud to the most cutting-edge medical and scientific findingsdrawing from ancient writings, modern humor and popular lyrics, and with many amusing cartoons ANGST offers us an exciting new slant on some of the most pervasive mental health issues of our time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York City and Westchester County.
ANGST: Origins of Anxiety and Depression by Jeffrey P. Kahn will be published, in hardcover,
by Oxford University Press on November 1, 2012.
(304 pp. $34.95 ISBN13: 9780199796441)Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D.
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