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

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions


Published: 1st February 2018
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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 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 anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told like his entire generation that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate this question and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari discovered social scientists who were uncovering their real causes and they are mostly not in our brains, but in the way we live today. Harie s journey took him from a life-threatening experience in Vietnam, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin all showing in vivid and dramatic detail these new insights. They lead to radically different solutions to the ones we have been offered up to now.

Just as Chasing The Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, The Lost Connections will lead us to a very different debate about depression and anxiety one that shows how, together, we can end this epidemic.


The high price of modern living doesn't involve money


This is a very relevant book for those feeling depressed or disillusioned with everyday living. We take a pill for everything that ails us but we miss out on much of what it really means to be human. Some of the content calls into question modern values and our disconnected lives even though we share so much superficially on social media. We've never been more alone. Take a look at the inspirational stories of real communities making people value themselves and others. Johann Hari writes with conviction. He's been lost and has found the way back. It's a great read.

Cooma, NSW, Australia

A transformative reaf


Informed and inspiring insights into very important issues.

Canberra, Aus

I always knew depression needed addressing at its cause,


This book has given me the desire to rethink my life, and that of my family!

Young NSW

Solves the depression epidemic in a logical and elegant way


I bought this book following a social media recommendation and it turns out to have been one of the best non-fiction I've read for a while. Such an excellent accessible treatise on what it is like to be alive right now, especially in western societies. Many recent parenting books have been highlighting similar things to the information contained in this book - I feel that all I have been reading about how to help grow decent human beings is similar to how the information presented in this book. But the beauty of Johann Hari's work is that this is not a parenting book, it's a reminder about how to live properly. Written so clearly and easily. For everyone. I feel that if all of us read this, the penny would drop across the globe and humanity would start to work better. The format is delightfully straightforward: a synopsis of the current situation, discussion of all the likely causes of anxiety/depression in a very scientific manner then clarification of the solutions using all the available evidence. In fact, this whole work is determinedly evidence-based. But written in an engaging style.

Western Australia



It is an interesting book with gives another perspective to depression and how to avoid it or help to get to improve your condition . Definitely worth considering


Fantastic - changed my husbands life


This was a book about Depression and how it can be overcome. Excellent.

Stanthorpe QLD


4.7 6


If you have ever been down, or felt lost, this amazing book will change your life. Do yourself a favour - read it now * Elton John * Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society * Hillary Rodham Clinton * Wise, probing and deeply generous Hari has produced a book packed with explosive revelations about our epidemic of despair ... I am utterly convinced that the more people read this book, the better off the world will be * Naomi Klein * A brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health * Matt Haig * This book is a game changer * Davina McCall * A prescient and compassionate Rosetta Stone for those trying to understand mental illness. Beautiful * Russell Brand * Extraordinary ... A highly personal book, written with humility, humour and candour, it nonetheless heralds a crucial new discussion about our mental health - and health of the world we've created for ourselves ... I honestly couldn't put it down. What a stunning piece of work * Brian Eno * As with his book on drugs, Johann Hari has delivered a remarkable tour de force on a difficult, complex and controversial subject and made the reader think anew * Alastair Campbell * This is a bold and inspiring book that will help far more than just those who suffer from depression. As Hari shows, we all have within us the potential to live in ways that are healthier and wiser * Arianna Huffington * An exquisitely lucid treatise on why no person is, has been or ever should be an island. This book is the most exciting thing I've read this year. From slightly seedy to suicidal - however you are feeling - read this book and it will honestly help you to understand which roads we must walk if we want to see true, lasting change * Emma Thompson * A vital, compelling and eye-opening examination of the myths we have been taught to believe about depression and anxiety ... Hari again proves that he is one of the world's most important and most enlightening thinkers and social critics * Glenn Greenwald * This is an astonishing book, that transforms our understanding of one of the crucial issues of our times. Johann Hari asks the big questions and provides the big answers - answers that have been neglected for far too long. You cannot fully understand this great curse of our age until you have read it * George Monbiot * Johann Hari has written a book that could actually make us happy. It is very important everyone read this book and do what he says as quickly as possible * Simon Amstell * A beautiful book from the person that brilliantly once said "the opposite of addiction is connection" and who now explores and offers some solutions to our disconnection * Jemima Khan * This is an extraordinary, elegant exploration of a timely problem. It is written with wit and elan and provides a devastating analysis of our society that is both shocking and profound * Dr Max Pemberton of the Daily Mail * A bold call for a complete re-evaluation of what is causing the western epidemic of mental illness -- Isabel Hardman * Sunday Times * You might think Lost Connections is a self-help title but in reality it's a book that aims to change society, not individuals ... Lost Connections is an important and controversial book because it asks questions about the biggest problems we have in the world * Attitude Magazine * Brilliant -- Liz Jones * Mail on Sunday * A compassionate, common-sense approach to depression and anxiety ... His book brings with it an urgency and rigour that will, with luck, encourage the authorities to sit up and take note -- Fiona Sturges * Guardian * Thought-provoking ... His comprehensible and penetrating study features extensive research and interviews with everyone from leading scientists and medics to members of the Amish community. This heartening book reveals the mutual social benefits of reconnecting with others and helping them to help yourself * Western Mail * Lost Connections isn't as much about science and mental health as it is about society, and the stories we tell around mental illness ... This book's value lies in its attempt to change the stories we tell about the depressed and anxious, and perhaps help some of those suffering change how they think about themselves -- Barbara Speed * Independent i *

ISBN: 9781408878699
ISBN-10: 1408878690
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 23.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.5