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DarwinianPsychotherapy.com is the home of a Randomized Clinical Trial examining the efficacy of an Evolutionary-Driven Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression. The host institution of this project is Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy / International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Depression, with a prevalence of almost 7% in the general population, is the most important cause of disease burden in middle- and high-income countries. Psychotherapists normally focus on events within the lifespan of a patient and examine proximal (mechanistic) causes of depression (e.g., maladaptive behaviors or dysfunctional beliefs in the case of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). Recent advances in Evolutionary Psychology, however, propose that low mood has an adaptive function, signaling fitness problems. This leads to the empirical question whether interventions on distal (or ultimate) causes of depression can have therapeutic value.

The main goal of this Clinical Trial is to test the hypothesis that such interventions are beneficial.

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