Lost Connections

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Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

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: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety.

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 like his entire generation that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate this question and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari discovered social scientists who were uncovering their real causes – and they are mostly not in our brains, but in the way we live today. Hari´s journey took him from a life-threatening experience in Vietnam, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin – all showing in vivid and dramatic detail these new insights. They lead to radically different solutions to the ones we have been offered up to now.

Just as Chasing The Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, The Lost Connections will lead us to a very different debate about depression and anxiety one that shows how, together, we can end this epidemic.

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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.