Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

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Unsurprisingly for a book at the intersection of self-help and popular science, Lost Connections is written in a twee register that some may find grating.
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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 radical 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.
 

About Johann Hari

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Johann Hari became a columnist and reporter for The Independent at the age of 23, and he has also been a contributing editor at Slate. He has reported from dozens of countries, and has won several leading journalism awards, including, twice, the Newspaper Journalist of the Year award from Amnesty International UK, and the Stonewall Journalist of the Year. He currently produces Russell Brand's podcast and YouTube channel. Hari's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.
 
Published January 23, 2018 by Bloomsbury USA. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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on Oct 30 2017

In a sure-to-be-controversial book, Hari delivers a weighty, well-supported, persuasive argument against treating depression pharmaceutically.

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Reviewed by Fiona Sturges on Jan 17 2018

Elsewhere, the prose suffers from Hari’s tendency to underestimate the reader’s capacity to comprehend digestible concepts, leading to some overwrought metaphors and flashes of daft melodrama...But his book brings with it an urgency and rigour that will, with luck, encourage the authorities to sit up and take note.

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Reviewed by Houman Barekat on Feb 17 2018

Unsurprisingly for a book at the intersection of self-help and popular science, Lost Connections is written in a twee register that some may find grating.

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