Friday, October 15, 2021

Comments by J.L.

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  • In response to Jill: The question is whether there is such a thing as “mental illness”. Thus, even if inflammation is correlated with depression in some people this does not prove that those affected are mentally ill. On the contrary, we have good reasons to believe that their depression is a response to a physical condition, and not the result of a diseased brain. Moreover, psychological life-events, such as trauma and loss, are in most cases much more plausible explanations for depression than inflammation. Finally, I find it ethically dubious to inject LPS (a poisonous substance) into human subjects in order to study whether they become depressed and anxious.