The Alternative Rumination Hypothesis postulates that the short term symptoms of depression observed are a side affect of underlying ruminations on the triggering problem that induced the depression.[1] The traditional understanding of depression is that it is unhealthy due to obvious detrimental symptoms, recently however the development of evolutionary medicine, evolutionary psychology and consequently evolutionary psychiatry have cast a new light on an old condition. therefore to disrupt the rumination can have negative and long lasting effects on the individuals long term mental health


  1. The bright side of being blue: Depression as an adaptation for analyzing complex problems Paul W. Andrews and J. Anderson Thomson Jr.
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