Most people think of depression as a mental disorder, that is, a biological illness of the brain.

In this TED talk, I argue that the concept of depression as a mental disorder has been unhelpfully overextended to include all manner of human suffering, and, more controversially, that "depression" can even be good for us—an idea that I first visited in my book The Meaning of Madness.

Please note: from 11 to 15 December, The Meaning of Madness ebook is FREE through Amazon

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Neel Burton is author of The Meaning of MadnessThe Art of Failure: The Anti Self-Help Guide and Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception

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