Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

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 antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told?like his entire generation?that his problem From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a ...

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Title:Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
Author:Johann Hari
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Lost Connections
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Number of Pages:322 pages pages

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Apr 05, 2018
    The book?s description field at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...) gives a more than adequate summary of its contents so I won?t make a point here of giving any further details here. As usual, it?s hardest for me to write reviews for books I love the most. T...
  • Trevor
    Jul 10, 2018
    Disclaimer: It is not the intention of this review to tell you how you should or should not medicate yourself. Personally, I would not take anti-depressant drugs in a pink fit, and have, in the past, refused them when they have been offered to me by well-meaning doctors. You should do ...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 05, 2018
    This book is really good--with the caveat that I have never struggled with depression or needed medicine for it. The argument is that the medicine doesn't deal with the underlying causes of depression and that depression is a signal that should not be ignored. I basically agree with th...
  • Sadie
    Feb 01, 2019
    Long German rambling review ahead (below), be aware*, I'll try to wrap up a shorter English version, here we go: I really enjoyed the second half of the book, which reads like a collection of essays about people who challenge the current system with alternative ways of living in a (mor...
  • Xe_maria
    Feb 08, 2018
    I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it raises really important topics and there is a lot of very interesting data in there. There were bits of this book that I found helpful and insightful. On the other hand, there is a lot of oversimplification in this book. I ...
  • Emily
    Apr 18, 2018
    I realized how controversial this book was as soon as I started talking about it to people in my life who have been diagnosed with depression. Challenging the strictly pharmaceutical approach to addressing depression is no small thing, and when I factor in that I?ve never been treate...
  • David
    Jan 24, 2018
    It's strange when the book you need more than any other finds you. This incredibly well researched book takes a look at the antidepressant industry and then in a heartbeat tells you what things other than simply biology, are making us stare longingly into the bottom of a river in t...
  • Makenzie
    May 28, 2018
    This is definitely not a perfect book by any stretch, nor do I have enough of a background in psychology to assess the validity of Hari's research, but to me he seems to approach this topic with a lot of understanding, balance, and nuance. His central thesis - that depression is in man...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 05, 2019
    Instead of a personal failing or a chemical imbalance, what if depression is actually a symptom of a sick society? That?s the central question Hari asks here. He pinpoints various ways in which we are fundamentally disconnected from other people and from ourselves: disconnection from...
  • Emily
    Apr 08, 2018
    This was a frustrating and infuriating book. I kept wanting to shout ?but what about us who HAVE the connections you talk about, have everything going for us, and yet have lifelong depression?? Being told to join a gardening group and make friends is NOT HELPFUL when you have frien...
  • Leo Robertson
    Jan 21, 2018
    I was gonna set this to 4* but Mr Hari does leave me feeling ever so empowered :) And seems to provide me with new reasons to criticise Russell Brand! Which I love doing anyway ;) Because unfortunately for Mr Hari I'd argue, he seems trapped into calling for revolutions. "Hey!" his...
  • Petra
    Apr 29, 2018
    "You aren?t a machine with broken parts. You are an animal whose needs are not being met. You need to have a community. You need to have meaningful values, not the junk values you?ve been pumped full of all your life, telling you happiness comes through money and buying objects. Yo...
  • Mallory
    Nov 07, 2017
    I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. First, I would like to note that, as a psychiatric nurse, I like to consider myself a mental health professional who knows a little something about things like depression and anxiety. Second, I...
  • Steffan Bard
    Nov 16, 2018
    As someone who's suffered from existential depression throughout their life, I appreciated this book and found Hari's analysis to be personally validating and liberating while shedding light on the less-known roots of depression and anxiety. Some random things I remember about the b...
  • Emmy Gregory
    Feb 27, 2018
    Hoo boy! Where to start? Well Hari starts by saying that everything I know about depression is wrong, which is a bold claim given that I've lived with it, waxing and waning, for most of my life. So what does he say? Hari: Everyone thinks that depression is simply caused by a chemical ...
  • Brendan Monroe
    Feb 18, 2019
    "It's all in your head." That, essentially, has been the medical community's response to those suffering from depression for decades now. That answer isn't just wrong, it's glib, it's cruel, and it's proven to have fatal consequences. I read Chasing the Scream: The First and Las...
  • Michelle
    Dec 31, 2017
    Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions is by renowned UK author journalist Johann Hari. Through extensive research and interviews with a host of experts, educators and other medical professionals; the connection between depression and an...
  • Zora
    Feb 10, 2018
    At his best, Hari writes with real compassion and insight, advancing an important argument that we need to expand our understanding of both depression and of anti depressants. Popping pills to solve a chemical imbalance is not the answer, but rather identifying what it is that you/ we ...
  • Holly Loucks
    Feb 17, 2018
    Hari?s attempt to brainwash people into thinking socialism is the cure for depression, completely taints the rest of what-would-be legitimate arguments. I wanted to give Lost Connections one star because of how infuriating it is that Hari politisizes depression. BUT, when I refle...
  • Heather
    Jan 08, 2018
    "We need to move from 'focusing on chemical imbalances to focusing on power imbalances.'" You are not suffering from a chemical imbalance in your brain. You are suffering from a social and spiritual imbalance in how we live. Much more than you've been told up to now, it's not seroto...
  • Arani Satgunaseelan
    Mar 24, 2018
    Just not for me. I found that this book unnecessarily portrayed psychiatrists and anti-depressants negatively. I was presented with plenty of studies related to other causes but the idea of anti-depressant studies was quickly dismissed as being biased because of ?Big Pharma? fundin...
  • Gary Moreau
    Jan 25, 2018
    Like many who will consider reading this book I have suffered from bouts of severe clinical depression for a long time despite a life that has been, by any standard measure, filled with success, recognition, and good fortune. And I know, like most who suffer from depression do, that 1....
  • Samidha Kalia
    Feb 12, 2018
    *Note: A copy of the book was provided in exchange of an honest review. I would like to thank @BloomsburyIndia for the copy. The quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof copy and are subject to change.? Review: In my second semester of college, we did a paper called ?Gro...
  • Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
    Jan 23, 2018
    I thank the author for writing this book and the person who gifted me a copy. Finally, the truth!! Every psychiatrist who believes that serotonin chemical imbalance in the brain is the reason for depression and anxiety should read this book! Anyone taking prescribed anti-depressants...
  • Steve
    Dec 10, 2018
    What an underwhelming experience, this read. The author devotes the first half of the book to his observations involving the cause of depression and the last half to possible remedies. Mr. Hari fails to break new ground in the first half. You mean environment is a major contributor ...
  • Ashlula
    Mar 16, 2019
    This is such a beautiful book that lays out the real reasons behind depression, the lies of pharmaceutical industry, the indecency of the so called scientist; and also shows us, providing real-life evidence on why people get depressed and how to deal with it. In our day, the amount...
  • Lisa
    Apr 06, 2018
    3.5 I'd recommend just listening to Hari's episode on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, episode #1077, because you'll hear the most important points of his book and Joe Rogan is a pretty good person to hear responding to it. I thought the book was unnecessarily lengthy, I guess he wan...
  • Erik Nygren
    Mar 12, 2018
    Great popular science read. However, the main study this book opens with, regarding antidepressants being snake oil has been put under a lot of scrutiny recently (have a google). So maybe everything we knew about depression wasn?t wrong after all. Still, the book brings light on a...
  • Adele Shea
    Feb 15, 2019
    As I woman that has suffered on and off with depression and anxiety, I found Lost Connections very interesting and insightful. ...
  • Aisha Smith
    Mar 27, 2018
    This book purports to be groundbreaking but is actually an example of sloppy and unscientific reasoning. The author quotes studies published in the 1990's to critique "modern thinking" about clinical depression and anxiety. However, modern thinking on clinical depression and anxiety ha...