Posted by Sigismund on October 25, 2009, at 19:06:18
In reply to Re: Why antidepressants don't work for so many, posted by Cecilia on October 25, 2009, at 18:10:00
>I don't get it. How do you even know if a rat is depressed?
>They certainly don't get depressed the way people do.
How do you know?
>They may have a few of the same physical symptoms that some humans get, but the worst symptoms, the feelings, the self hate and shame and hopelessness and despair and constant terrifying panic and loneliness and guilt-doubt rats get any of these, animals live in the moment, not in the past which equals depression or the future which equals anxiety. I suppose it's possible they do get some of these feelings but how would the researchers know.
I think it's as possible as it is impossible, which is to say I have no idea.
I feel sure that humans have had strange ideas about what animals do or do not feel.