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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury USA
 | 
January, 2018
ISBN:
9781632868305
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$35.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, here’s a radical new exploration of… What really causes depression and anxiety—and how can we really solve them? 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 the real causes, they led him to scientists who are discovering very different solutions--ones that work.

I started to see depression and anxiety as like cover versions of the same song by different bands. Depression is a cover version by a downbeat emo band, and anxiety is a cover version by a screaming heavy metal group, but the underlying sheet music is the same. They’re not identical, but they are twinned.

Hari is a bracing and fluid writer; he researched widely and deeply. And Big Pharma will not like his conclusions.

Depression and anxiety might, in one way, be the sanest reaction you have. It’s a signal, saying—you shouldn’t have to live this way, and if you aren’t helped to find a better path, you will be missing out on so much that is best about being human…

 

Depression, I realized, is itself a form of grief—for all the connections we need, but don’t have…

 

Many of us are homeless in the West today…

You have to turn now to all the other wounded people around you, and find a way to connect with them, and build a home with these people, together…

 

We have been tribeless and disconnected for so long now.

It’s time for us all to come home…

 

We need to stop trying to muffle or silence or pathologize that pain. Instead, we need to listen to it, and honor it. It is only when we listen to our pain that we can follow it back to its source—and only there, when we can see its true causes, can we begin to overcome it.

 

Just as Chasing the Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, Lost Connections will lead us to a very different understanding of depression and anxiety--and show how, together, we can end this epidemic.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 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 the real causes, they led him to scientists who are discovering very different solutions--ones that work.

Just as Chasing the Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, Lost Connections will lead us to a very different understanding of depression and anxiety--and show how, together, we can end this epidemic.

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