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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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Must read

For those of us who have experienced depression as a personal crisis, and for all of us who need to recognize it as a public health crisis. Hari is a brilliant investigative journalist (see Chasing the Scream, about addiction) who brings his personal experience, taut and engaging research style, and profound empathy to this widespread but yet hidden malady. The medical and pharmaceutical model of depression is just not supported by the research, and Hari discusses 9 other causes/contexts for understanding depression that are backed by scientific evidence. From the treatment perspective, not much mention of CBT, DBT or mindfulness practice might be a flaw in the book to some. Current practices in psychiatry and psychology are not quite as drug reliant as Hari suggests. But almost. For a book about such a weighty and, yes, depressing topic, it trips along like an adventure story as research findings are tracked down and humane and personable scientists are interviewed. The narration is pleasant, earnest but never harping. Well worth the credit on all counts.

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A game changing book on depression & anxiety

Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Connections to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I'm buying it. I think its great to listen to because you get the connection to the author which given the content matter of this book seems highly relevant!

What did you like best about this story?

I've read numerous books on depression by therapists, psychiatrists, mindfulness experts, religious authors...rather I should say I've read a few chapters or less of numerous books...and none of them helped me much beyond a few flaccid insights or suggestions. I struggled with depression for 15 years and finally found my way out of it by challenging the mountains of crap I'd been fed by the well-intended experts who don't know what they're talking about because they're stuck in outdated paradigms based on bogus science, untested assumptions and capitalism. What I like best about this book is it wasn't written by one of them so I didn't have to listen to the same old same old failed ideas and bankrupt methodologies. This was written by someone who's been through depression and taken a stance to really understand what's going on which requires challenging the conventional solutions and exposing how poorly conceived they are. I take my hat off to Hari for being one of the pioneers in standing up to the misinformation and for bringing us back to what matters most - our connections to each other, nature, a sense of purpose.

What about Johann Hari’s performance did you like?

He goes to the root causes rather than being led by quick solutions. He shows the appropriate level of vulnerability to be credible without making it about him. And he keeps it real. Anyone who's willing to selectively use F bombs and other color get's the double thumbs up from me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to mention but 2 things that really resonated for me were:

"depression is largely a reaction to the way that we”re living"

"stop asking what’s the matter WITH you to and start asking what matters TO you.

So profound and so wise. Ideas like this have the power to change reality for many people who are needlessly suffering because of ideas that run contrary to this.

Any additional comments?

Stop listening to your doctor and especially stop listening to your psychiatrist until you've read this book.

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This book is about more than just depression.

this book is full of great information about the causes of depression. But it's also a book with a bigger idea; an idea about changing our society, changing our culture, changing the way we think about the things that we need as human beings and some ideas about how we might be able to put them back into our lives.

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I cried

What did you love best about Lost Connections?

How personally familiar I felt with the Author's story. In so many ways we are all the same.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Connections?

When Johann Hari walks us through his experience with losing a child. I've lost twin boys who were very premature and my wife and I three years later still weep on occasion. Hari goes on to ensure us that pain is our connection to their life. We don't want to lose that connection. We don't want to forget their names and their faces. It's human nature to feel sadness after experiencing loss many years after the occurrence despite what DSM thinks.

What about Johann Hari’s performance did you like?

When Johann shares his experience with loss you can almost hear the pain in his voice. It helped me connect with him. Also his narrating voice is spot on and he speaks clearly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Human Nature-A closer look into the human experience

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Incredible. The words can't describe how thankful I am for Johann to share his story. To share insight. To ask questions and show his findings. And thank you for your podcast with Joe Rogan. Very informative. Thank you.

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Best book on anxiety and depression

Why is everyone I know depressed and anxious?! This book spells it out, and makes sense!!!!!!
Tell the world!

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Life changing

Validating, well researched and compassionate. This is so important for those of us struggling in today’s disconnected world.

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A Book Full of Truths that Resonate

To me, this book was the inspirational speech a leader gives to his troops before heading into battle. It fills me with fire and drive to make change in our world. Near the end when he talks about all the times big societal changes were derided as utopian, I wept. He’s so right. I wish everyone could read this book and feel so moved.

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Enlightening/fascinating

Listened to it in a weekend. I’m a single mom with a four-year-old so that’s a very rare occurrence. Some of the information wasn’t new to me but I like the way that was put together. I think it was important for him to stress that SRI’s are not just a placebo, they’re a hurtful one with terrible side affects.

Nicely done Mr. Hari

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Most important book I've ever read/listened to

If you deal with or have dealt with depression I can't recommend this book enough!

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This was, hands down, the best, most enlightening book I have read in a very long time. I recommend it to everyone!

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  • Annie crabtree
  • 02-04-18

Highly recommended.

I was wary of listening to this book as I am always wary of simplistic “answers” to depression and anxiety. But this was not that. It is a beautifully put together, well researched, considerate and open minded look at anxiety and depression. I found it interesting from an intellectual perspective, enlightening and reassuring from a personal perspective. Highly recommended.

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  • Jason
  • 02-08-18

this could and should change the world

thank you Johann for your diligence in putting together such comprehensible picture of the society surrounding depression and anxiety. this book is something everyone should read regardless of how your feel about your life and mental health. there are so many lessons to be learnt from so many of the beautiful stories within it.

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  • Gillian
  • 02-13-18

#lifechanger 🙏🏻💗🙏🏻💗

After winning my first ever award from Audible (listening to the most books) for my ongoing search to quieten my constant internal chatter by having audible play through the night consistently for the past 1 1/2 years I have finally found the answer to my misery! This book is a must for anyone with a busy & beautiful mind.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-25-18

Eye opener, must read

This book is excellent for anyone who has suffered with depression, anxiety or just simply feeling fed up with life. We tend to find something to blame for all that we feel, either the kids, the boss, partners etc and we look for solutions in drugs, drink, over-spending etc with no reward and no break from the cycle. This book is brilliant at raising awareness around personal voyages of discovery and why these are so important to us as individuals and as team players. I love this book, it makes me want to be a better person.

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  • Konstantinos
  • 02-26-18

life changing

Absolutely mind boggling insights. you might know all that deep down or at an intellectual level but he somehow brings everything together and makes it clearer. thanks Johann.

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  • Libby Davis
  • 01-29-18

Brilliant

Well worth a read / listen if you suffer from or have suffered with anxiety and or depression. At some points I felt somewhat despondent because my parameters to change are narrow but I'm glad I perservered. This book gives you hope, a new perspective and something to work with. Fantastic work.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 01-27-18

fantastic book.

superb again from Johan Hari. well researched, absorbing and eye opening. would recommend to all people, even those who do not suffer with mental illness.

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  • kelly
  • 04-05-18

exceptional

I absolutley loved this book. it has changed the way I see the people around me for sure.

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  • miss elizabeth m oldham
  • 01-24-18

A must read!

As a mental health nurse who also experiences depression this has really made me think about both my personal and professional life. A huge eye opener!

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  • Cian
  • 04-18-18

This book has triggered a turning point in my life

Such an interesting and well researched book. Really opened my mind on a number of topics that I previously dismissed or never placed much value on.

Speaking for myself but I think the majority of society especially in the west can relate, that our values have been greatly distorted. I focus on improving "myself", stress over my job and money then buy stuff to feel better and to feel a greater sense of "status" in relation to others.

This book is a turning point that can guide us back to what truly matters. Which at its core is a sense of community and connection with the people around us.

One of the best books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

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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  • Sharon
  • 02-08-18

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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  • Mike
  • 01-25-18

Johann Does it again

Love the book so much that i will buy it as a paperback too. The content is awesome, great stories. Johanns voice is way too soothing and hard to pay attention to specially when in a noisy environment. sorry johann, i loved your ted talk and interviews but your narration was a bit quiet. That is the only critique i have. Otherwise another masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-18

A Personal Journey Well Told

A big fan of Hari's Chasing the Scream, I was keen to give this a go and, while it didn't hit the heights of Scream, it was well worth a listen. Hari delves into some of the perpetuating myths and big pharma propaganda surrounding depression and, in particular, medication for. I agreed with much of what he said and in most cases felt he backed it up with solid research, but as is usual with non fiction written by a layman, there is a personal side to the story and with it, an inevitable element of bias.

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  • cate edwards
  • 04-12-18

Made me cry out loud

Brilliantly put together
I love the writer's voice
An extremely important book for our time

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  • vegelove99
  • 04-11-18

as a mental health nurse I loved it

Great in every way. reach out to others. Yes. thank you. Will use what I have learnt

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  • Sonia Garozzo
  • 04-06-18

Enlightening

Loved this book and the narration by Johann!! A must read for all who want answers to depression.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-18

Must read!!!

This is a must read! Just like chasing the scream this book will change your perspective and make you look at society with an awkard "what are we doing?"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-18

Utterly life changing

Every page was like a lightbulb moment for me. Thank you Johann, you have changed my life...for the better. Every.single.person. Should read this book, as mentioned it’s not just about depression but the crazy way we live in this beautiful today!

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  • Nipun S.
  • 03-22-18

Much needed insights into the obvious but ignored

This book is a must listen/read that provides much needed insights into the causes of pain and the obvious, simple and effective solutions that are all around us but have been overlooked for decades due to our lack of understanding about depression and anxiety, and the influence of the phrmasuitical industry.