Lost Connections

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Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

by Johann Hari

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2018

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety

What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true – and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari´s journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today. His TED talk – 'Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong' – has been viewed more than 8 million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.

“If you have ever been down, or felt lost, this amazing book will change your life. Do yourself a favour – read it now” – Elton John

“Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Wise, probing and deeply generous Hari has produced a book packed with explosive revelations about our epidemic of despair ... I am utterly convinced that the more people read this book, the better off the world will be” – Naomi Klein

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Johann Hari

Johann Hari is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream. He was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK.

He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and the Nation.

He has been awarded the Comment Award for Cultural Commentator of the Year by Editorial Intelligence, and has been named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. Hari lives in London.

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  • Review by Robert @ Angus & Robertson

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    Johann Hari is a journalist with depression. After treatment using various antidepressants failed to arrest his condition, Hari saw the need for another approach and went into investigative journalist mode. His searching questions have led him to an interesting hypothesis, detailed thoughtfully here in "Lost Connections".

    Hari looks outside chemical balances in the brain as the only culprit, pointing instead to environmental causes, genes, physical wellbeing and social life. In doing so he dismantles our perceived wisdom on depression. "Deep connection," a concept addressing the basic human need for things to matter, is the way we arrest this malady, and this very readable book travels through various cultures and lives in search of the means for healthy connected living. It is also a deeply personal quest for satisfaction and healing. Not shy of being provocative, Hari takes many a shot at Big Pharma and the clinical mythology of depression. His stories of dismissive and over-prescribing doctors may resonate with some readers, but his solutions will be inspiring to all.

    Depression is a widespread problem that many of us know too well, and "Lost Connections" is a thoughtful and valuable contribution to the treatment debate, as well as a compassionate and hopeful call to action.