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  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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This groundbreaking study of depression urges listeners to rethink what they know about mental health issues and reconsider how they are treated.

In Lost Connections, Johann Hari unpacks a distressing statistic: cases of anxiety and depression have been steadily on the rise since the 1980s, when he was diagnosed with depression as a teen. Curious as to why so many others in the Western world were also suffering from depression and anxiety and frustrated by the actions of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, Hari sets out to find the real cause of the mounting mental health crisis. He asks questions of himself and society at large, navigating the psychological and environmental factors that can generate such painful feelings of disconnection. 

Drawing conclusions from observations of different communities and lifestyles, this listen reveals that the stressors and loneliness of modern life may have more of an impact than you might think. Having battled such demons himself, Hari narrates his own audiobook with a sense of hard-won perspective that adds an element of powerful poignancy. Heavily researched and compelling, Lost Connections offers brand new insight on a critical subject matter.

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From the New York Times best-selling 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 antidepressants 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.

©2018 Johann Hari (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Some good ideas, a lot of incomplete science.

There is no doubt that many of the ideas in this book will be really helpful to a lot of people. People who have low to moderate depression will really benefit from this book. Sadly this book will not be helpful to people with severe depression or complex trauma. There are far too many places where Harri offers an oversimplified approach, for example he says if you have experienced childhood trauma, name it and you can move on. In reality trauma is much more complicated than this, it often requires medication to get people to a place where they can do the things he says. In some cases it requires months or even years of specialist treatment to get well. See The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk.

I am also concerned that a book like this would have the glaring omission of not talking about the importance of sleep, we have countless studies that show how poor sleep can trigger mental illness.

He says the Armish do the things he says and they are well. Yet a simple Google search will show that they do experience depression. Mental illness is immensely complicated and sadly this book offers fairly simple answers.

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Interesting to begin with but went off the rails..

Author started well with the narrative constructed around carefully selected scientific studies. However, as the book progressed the author's political views started to replace academic sources as the basis upon which the narrative was based. By the end I'd had enough of the socialism cures depression line being pushed. Antidepressants sure don't cure depression but neither does repressive government intervention into every aspect of people's lives which is what the author idealistically advocates.

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Fantastic concepts

I loved it, a great overview of the research and literature investigating depression and anxiety. As someone who has suffered from multiple mental health issues over time this was refreshing to hear. Highly recommend.

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Angry

This book left me angry because it stigmatises the use of antidepressants. It should have a more balanced view and more research behind it.

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Interesting

I found this book quite helpful in simple ways like pointing out some obvious points. I enjoyed all the scientific studies he uses to back up his claim - however, like all biased books, please remember that they have been cherry picked.
Overall, I love that this book has come out to say what it has and it is important for people to realise that depression is a symptom, not a disease (in my opinion/research into the matter).
Well done.

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Amazing insight into depression and anxiety

Amazing insight to how we can help people with depression. Lots of info about studies done in this area. We need the whole community to help. Thanks Johann for looking into this area with much thought and research.
I couldn't stop listening this this book.

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Timely and well-researched

I was very glad to find Johann Hari taking on the brain-chemistry model of depression and anxiety, which has been used to sell masses of drugs over the years. Hari alone with not stop this, but he will at least make lots of people think before they take yet another anti-depressant - and as he discovered, these can work for a certain period, or very well for some people. I appreciate Hari's urging us to look at social and personal causes first - making changes in these big areas could be highly disruptive of course, but in the end prove to be the only effective fixer. I enjoyed his reading of the book, but got a bit bored with all those surveys, while recognizing their importance to the story. On the whole I found the audio book most enlightening.

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Loved it

Fantastic book! Easy to digest and full of useful concepts! A must-read for anyone who wants to be up to date with mental health and effective strategies to improve it!

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Refreshing and brilliant

Really enjoyed learning and unlearning about depression and it’s causes. I feel hopeful that more research and projects will take place to explore the opportunities of non medical anti-depressants and give us all an understanding of the tools we need to live happier more connected lives.

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Do not waste your time. This book sucks!

Misrepresents the scientific community unfairly and is riddled with scientific innaccuracy and bias. Honestly, do not waste your time on this book.

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