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in many cases, depression is a mental disorder, not just the opposite of happiness. It's often caused by easily correctable physiological problems. In these cases, it makes sense to correct the underlying factors. In addition, a huge percentage of college students report being depressed. I still disagree with monitoring peoples internet activity, but for privacy reasons, not the reasons you mentioned.



Huh? Any chance you could supply me with some citations for the easily correctable physiological problems that cause depression?

This is not snarky, I am genuinely interested, if a little unbelieving.

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You can just look at the non-psychiatric section of causes of depression on wikipedia -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_(mood).

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Sure, just look at the selectively published research that drug companies use to market antidepressants.

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