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This book is in a word: brilliant. In many more words, Lost Connections is an insightful look into the causes of anxiety and depression. However, the book is not written by a preacher or self-help guru, but someone with the first-hand experience of anxiety and depression who is trying to work out his own place in and amongst all of the research.
Lost Connections is partly a tale of Johann’s own journey of understanding about his mental health. It is also partly a summary of research that connects to depression and anxiety from experts in a wide range of fields. And finally, it is partly an attempt to offer effective solutions to those in despair.
I was left astounded at a number of points in this book - mainly at the dates of the studies mentioned, and why I (and no doubt so many others) hadn’t heard that one of the most talked about “causes” of depression may not really be a cause at all. As someone who feels like they constantly have to manage anxious thoughts I found this book a breakthrough and I was enthralled from the first chapter, never wanting to put it down once I started reading.
Johann Hari’s easy, almost colloquial writing would appeal to anyone with a professional or personal interest in psychology. It is a spectacular and groundbreaking look at two of today’s most significant mental health issues.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the New York Times bestselling 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 anti-depressants 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. His TED talk - `Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong' - has been viewed more than 8 million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.
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
It's brilliant for anyone wanting a better understanding of mental health - Zoe Ball, Stylist
A brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health - Matt Haig
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
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||11th January 2018|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Lifestyle & Health, Mind & Body, The Real World,|
Johann Hari is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream. He was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and the Nation. He has been awarded the Comment Award for Cultural Commentator of the Year by Editorial Intelligence, and has been named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. His TED Talk `Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong' and ...More About Johann Hari