By H. M. van Praag, E. R. de Kloet, J. van Os

Can worrying existence occasions reason melancholy? experiences in most cases aspect to a connection among hostile existence occasions and melancholy. despite the fact that, developing a causal, instead of associative, connection is extra complicated. The authors constitution this exam of the query round 3 significant subject matters: the pathophysiological position of pressure in melancholy; even if a subtype of melancholy exists that's relatively stress-inducible; and, ultimately, how top to diagnose and deal with melancholy with regards to its organic foundation.

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They absorb the shock; disruption of professional and social life is short lasting; the painful memory is ignored, accepted as such or transmuted into an enriching experience; scars that do remain cause no disabilities. Mental breakdown due to war conditions – called ‘shell shock’ in World War I and ‘battle fatigue’ or ‘war neurosis’ in World War II – afflicted only a minority of soldiers. The unimaginable woes in the German extermination and concentration camps damaged some of the few survivors irreparably, while others were able to straighten themselves and live a relatively normal life.

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