Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Lost Connections

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 antidepressants 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 ...

Details Lost Connections

TitleLost Connections
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Health, Mental Health, Self Help, Science

Reviews Lost Connections

  • Mallory
    I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. First, I would like to note that, as a psychiatric nurse, I like to consider myself a mental health professional who knows a little something about things like depression and anxiety. Second, I’m also certified in choice theory/reality therapy, which meshes pretty well with a lot of ideas in this book. Third, as someone who copes with (self-diagnosed) anxie...
  • Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
    I thank the author for writing this book and the person who gifted me a copy. Finally, the truth!!Every psychiatrist who believes that serotonin chemical imbalance in the brain is the reason for depression and anxiety should read this book! Anyone taking prescribed anti-depressants and not finding relief from their symptoms needs to read this book. Like the author, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at a young age and prescribed medicati...
  • Leo Robertson
    I was gonna set this to 4* but Mr Hari does leave me feeling ever so empowered :)And seems to provide me with new reasons to criticise Russell Brand! Which I love doing anyway ;) Because unfortunately for Mr Hari I'd argue, he seems trapped into calling for revolutions."Hey!" his publishers say. "Do that calling-for-revolution thing you do. Really gets books flying off shelves!"The last book I read of Hari's, Chasing the Scream, I did so when a b...
  • Michelle
    Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions is by renowned UK author journalist Johann Hari. Through extensive research and interviews with a host of experts, educators and other medical professionals; the connection between depression and anxiety is established with its huge impact on all aspects of humanity. In addition, Hari shared his own stories of near death illness after food poisoning in Vietnam...
  • Gary Moreau
    Like many who will consider reading this book I have suffered from bouts of severe clinical depression for a long time despite a life that has been, by any standard measure, filled with success, recognition, and good fortune. And I know, like most who suffer from depression do, that 1. the pain is very real, and 2. career recognition, material success, and a comfortable life have little to do with the ultimate quality of life.Three decades ago I ...
  • David
    It's strange when the book you need more than any other finds you. This incredibly well researched book takes a look at the antidepressant industry and then in a heartbeat tells you what things other than simply biology, are making us stare longingly into the bottom of a river in the dark, weighing up whether or not the intensity of death would outweigh the constant relentless pain of the day to day. The journey of the read was more efficient at ...
  • Patrick Lights
    An important read in such a critical time. The author goes on a long journey to the beginning of the story of serotonin-levels in the brain and their connection to the disease. As someone who's currently prescribed SSRI's for my anxiety, this read was especially important to me, as I'm sure it will be for many of us. As depression and anxiety are the diseases of our age and are expected to be the second cause of death after heart diseases soon.Th...
  • Kristine
    Lost Connections by Johann Hari is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.Hari is studying from the perspective of living pillfree after increasing their milligram dosage on a series of different SSRIs for years (i.e. placebo effect, publication bias, the sheer mystery of a brain's chemical imbalance, and grief as a dynamic kind of expression apart from depression and anxiety). It'll be fairly controversial for some, particularly if ...
  • Cherie
    Throw away all you're books on depression, this is the only book you will ever need, Well written with research all over the world. I loved the part about child trauma, parts about healing and people coming together. I learned a lot about myself in this book too. I have a different outlook on life now.Thank you Good Reads for the free book for my honest review.This should be a bestseller.Cherie'
  • Lynn
    In spite of the sub-title, no real, practical solutions offered here. Good book at explaining why depression (or loneliness as other people studying this refer to it as) is so rampant today; very good points about how our materialistic hypercapitalist, shrinking-middle-class society is leading to human disconnection. (Altho Laura Pappano wrote a better book on this subject, The Connection Gap, back in 2001; highly recommended.) But as is the case...
  • Laura
    This book really is profound and extremely well written, taking care to be both open and empathetic in the ideas portrayed. These are really revolutionary multifaceted ideas brought together in a concise and harmonious way to suggest the possible causes of our broken society and the ways in which these can be remedied. I have been thinking these ideas in the abstract for a while and not really put them together as well as this book does. I will s...
  • Sindhura
    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. The premise of this book is simple - depression and anxiety are not just biological and individual problems. Environment and psychology play a significant part in triggering or elevating them, and so we need to tackle them collectively. What if depression is, in fact, a form of grief-for our ...
  • Amy Hyde
    Hari does a great job summarising research into the biopsychosocial underpinnings of high prevalence mental illnesses (depression and anxiety), and discusses the social factors contributing to their high prevalence in western culture. For mental health practitioners and doctors all of this is a bit of a ‘duh’, but for novices it is fascinating reading.His second half is about ways to reconnect with the world to mitigate anxiety and depression...
  • Elizabeth
    It would be five stars for the content of his message, but the occasionally rambling personal stories were sprinkled too liberally throughout the book for my taste. Hari acknowledges that there are three kinds of causes of depression and anxiety -- biological, psychological, and social -- and keeps his focus pretty steadily on ways to address the social causes. The book is informative, reassuring, and inspiring. "You aren’t a machine with broke...
  • Andrea Paterson
    I'm not sure there was anything specifically ground breaking in this book, but what was amazing about it was the attention to detail, the rigorous evidence based investigation, and the in depth plan for treating depression with something other than chemical antidepressants. I found the argument balanced and rational. The author is cautious about any research that requires further testing and his conclusions are carefully considered. He always pre...
  • Travis Lupick
    This review was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper.With 2015’s Chasing the Scream, British journalist Johann Hari laid out a compelling case against the war on drugs. Prohibition is more harmful than the drugs themselves, he argued. Core to that thesis is what Hari describes as a deeply entrenched misunderstanding of drug-use disorder.“Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong,” Hari has said in many intervi...
  • Kevin Warne
    Really interesting book and highly recommended. Hari's argument is that we tend to think of depression as a biological disorder that can be treated with antidepressants, but that in most cases, these antidepressants don't actually help people long term. Instead, he says that for most of us, it's our lifestyle, our society and our jobs that is causing us to feel disconnected from people and values. He suggests solutions for these, some easy to do ...
  • John Willis
    I won this advance copy in a Goodreads giveaway and I was very excited as I loved his first book "Chasing the Scream". This book didn't let me down, Hari interviews and talks to the leading experts in this field and has a unique way of telling a story that makes a subject that is not exciting into a story that I couldn't stop reading. Hari challenges conventional thinking in this area and gives new ways to look at depression and anxiety that are ...
  • Iz
    I was expecting this to be great after reading Chasing the Scream, and this did not disappoint. The idea is that depression and anxiety are not common illnesses just like any other, like diabetes or a broken leg, but rather symptoms of unfulfilled human needs such as connection. These have cultural roots and come from individualistic values and isolation. Not much of a shocking revelation as Chasing the Scream, but felt like something we kind of ...
  • Scott Helms
    It’s Not You, It’s USFor years I have advocated for and used SSRIs to “fix” the chemical imbalance inherent in most depressed and anxious folks.This book is a real paradigm shift that persuasively suggests that depression and anxiety arise from other triggers related to society.Specifically, the notion of community is one to which I return when reading books like this. It absolutely does take a village. Contribute to, create, or join your...
  • Helen Gauperaa
    Persuasive arguments, not just those Dean Burnett is rather hysterically in opposition to. Hari argues from a wider perspective than that of pure biochemistry to look at depression from a sociological point of view.
  • Thomas
    Not just self-help.This book gives a much more holistic accounting of the causes of and treatments for depression and anxiety than you'll find just about anywhere. The reframing provided is refreshing. We're not alone. We're in this together.
  • Megan McKenzie
    Absolutely wonderful. Probably one of the most important books I have ever read and will ever read. I hope this takes off, because it could change the world.
  • Lorin
    Good insights on what causes depression, but the solutions are not something anyone can achieve in their own lives.
  • Natalie
    Follow up article by Dean Burnett
  • Karsten Fyhn
    A fantastic book. Explaining what is causing depression and what to do about it. A most read for everyone!
  • Ampersand Inc.
    I loved this book. It was fascinating and empathetic, and really made me think about the way I am in the world. Highly recommend to anyone, not just people with depression.
  • Ruaan Uys
    Important book to readBrilliant insight in to the current state of depression and anxiety. Truly an eye opener. Recommended for all, even if you don’t have depression or anxiety, you might help someone close to you who does.