Prior research, including that of the Principal Investigator, has shown that Darwinian fitness is negatively associated with a variety of psychopathologies, particularly depression.

The present study’s aims are:

– To develop a manual for an evolutionary-driven form of psychotherapy for depression, in which therapeutic interventions focus on ultimate causes of this condition.

– To conduct a randomized clinical trial to determine the efficacy of such interventions. Subjects are recruited and randomly assigned to two conditions: a) Cognitive Therapy (CT) and b) Evolutionary Intervention (EI). The participants in the CT and EI conditions will receive 12 weeks of cognitive therapy and the proposed evolutionary-driven intervention, respectively. Clinical measures will be administered pre- and post-treatment, as well as each therapy session.

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