Animals and Mental Illness

The search for animal analogues for mental illness continues to inadvertently show that much if not most of what is thought of as mental illness can readily be understood as the result of trauma. Here, a touching story of a lovelorn goat, having gone viral on youtube, is re-interpreted as proof that mental illness can be found in animals.

This is echoed in the Mad in America news item, Robot Bullies Rats into Depression to Test Antidepressant Medication, about the search for a rat analogue of depression, using a robotic rat to terrorize lab animals into a  state that could then be treated with medication.

Animals Suffer Mental Illness (ABC News)