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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

Paperback Published: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781408878699
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.


Easy to read and helpful.


Bought 4 copies to hand around. The really fascinating bit is the way modern reasearch, written up by an athiest, agrees so beautifully with what God wrote in the Bible thousands of years ago. For example, covetousness (he calls it by a fancy modern phrase, but the emotion is the same) and envy - both forbidden to Christians - raise your chance of depression. Putting other people first and focusing on relationships - both things Christians are commanded to do - lower your chances of depression. Well, fancy that. When all else fails, read the maker's instructions :-) The book spends a lot more time explaining the problems than telling us how to solve them - the author seemed to find some of the problems hard to suggest a solution to (which is hardly surprising, since many of them are community-based and can't be fixed singlehandedly). To me, that wasn't a problem; since i read the Bible daily i had a lot of answers already under my belt, and i spend most of my time among committed Christadelphians who are, like me, trying to live according to the maker's instructions. They help me, i help them, and a lot of those problems just aren't there for us. But if, like Johann Hari, you're an athiest, you might find the lack of real, workable solutions a little frustrating. Still worth a read, though.



Extremely compelling read


A really compelling and interesting style. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down .Read in three days

New Zealand

This was a real eye opener of a book.


Wow what a great read. I have recommended this to many of my friends. And agree with all of the views in the book. thank you





A good self help book for those struggling with Anxiety, but also an insightful book for those that don't and want to understand



This will change your world view.


The author clearly has a passion for research and uncovering expert opinions around depression. He has consistently referenced scientific studies throughout, and it's clear that he comes from a journalism background. Easy read, well researched and informed that's profoundly eye-opening. Well worth a read.



I have recommended this book to many people.


Very useful and insightful. Well researched. Would like to see this added to the high school curriculum.

St Georges Basin


Buy this book up to date info on you, me & everyone.


This book shows why you do, act, feel & why certain things upset you. It helps us understand that what happened in our childhood makes us who we are today & what to do about it. If you are a parent this book is a must it will help you deal better with your children/child

Croydon, Vic


Outstanding book


The best publication of the subject of depression and anxiety ever written. Everyone should have a copy whether or not you suffer from these ailments, could not put it down.



The most important book on depression to date


Lost Connections first drew my attention due to the amount of endorsements - you've got the likes of Elton John praising it on the cover. And add to that a podcast with Joe Rogan, I knew I was in for a treat. This is a book that reads so easily, given that it is chock-full of interesting stories about people and their experiences either treating or dealing with depression in a way that has not had much discussion to date. The essence of the book is pretty simple - the best antidepressant is a social prescription - and how this contrasts with the standard rhetoric around depression as a chemical imbalance. The book is light on advice, and is definitely not self-help (there are plenty of decent options in that genre), but rather through anecdote it inspires the potential for change. I could not recommend this highly enough.

Gold Coast, Australia


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



4.8 15


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 *
A brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health * Matt Haig *
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 *
It's brilliant for anyone wanting a better understanding of mental health * Zoe Ball, Stylist *
Coupling diverse personal narratives with an intense investigation into the failings of Western society to better connect us all ... I strongly believe that what Hari has created may be one of the most important texts of recent years. The book gives a voice to those who cannot speak and hands them a megaphone to vibrate the monolithic towers of the antidepressant drug industries. It teaches that through community, through social and natural connection, and through understanding, depression can be tackled via alternative means -- British Journal of General Practice
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 brilliant book for gaining a better understanding of mental health -- Zoe Ball
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: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.44