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, Self Help, Health, Mental Health, Science

Reviews Lost Connections

  • Emmy Gregory
    Hoo boy! Where to start? Well Hari starts by saying that everything I know about depression is wrong, which is a bold claim given that I've lived with it, waxing and waning, for most of my life. So what does he say?Hari: Everyone thinks that depression is simply caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain!Me: Well, of course depression is caused by chemicals in the brain. Every part of our experience is caused by chemicals in the brain. That's wh...
  • 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...
  • Trevor
    Disclaimer: It is not the intention of this review to tell you how you should or should not medicate yourself. Personally, I would not take anti-depressant drugs in a pink fit, and have, in the past, refused them when they have been offered to me by well-meaning doctors. You should do what you think is best given advice from your doctor – with that said, read this book so you might have some questions to ask that doctor when and if they tell yo...
  • Lisa Vegan
    The book’s description field at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...) gives a more than adequate summary of its contents so I won’t make a point here of giving any further details here. As usual, it’s hardest for me to write reviews for books I love the most. This might be the best book I’ve ever read about depression and anxiety, and I’ve read dozens, maybe hundreds, over many decades. It’s a book that I wish I could o...
  • Zora
    At his best, Hari writes with real compassion and insight, advancing an important argument that we need to expand our understanding of both depression and of anti depressants. Popping pills to solve a chemical imbalance is not the answer, but rather identifying what it is that you/ we are disconnected from - including with the help of mental health professionals, but not exclusively. He consults experts, showcases innovative approaches and resear...
  • 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...
  • Heather
    "We need to move from 'focusing on chemical imbalances to focusing on power imbalances.'"You are not suffering from a chemical imbalance in your brain. You are suffering from a social and spiritual imbalance in how we live. Much more than you've been told up to now, it's not serotonin; it's society. It's not your brain; it's your pain. Your biology can make your distress worse, for sure. But it's not the cause. It's not the driver. It's not the p...
  • Aisha Smith
    This book purports to be groundbreaking but is actually an example of sloppy and unscientific reasoning. The author quotes studies published in the 1990's to critique "modern thinking" about clinical depression and anxiety. However, modern thinking on clinical depression and anxiety has advanced by leaps and bounds just in the time I've been typing this review. At a minimum, a book about science should refer to science published in the New Millen...
  • Arani Satgunaseelan
    Just not for me. I found that this book unnecessarily portrayed psychiatrists and anti-depressants negatively. I was presented with plenty of studies related to other causes but the idea of anti-depressant studies was quickly dismissed as being biased because of ‘Big Pharma’ funding - which I think is an insult to the men and women scientists working for companies conducting this research.For me, the causes and ‘reconnections’ highlighted...
  • 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...
  • Emily
    This was a frustrating and infuriating book. I kept wanting to shout “but what about us who HAVE the connections you talk about, have everything going for us, and yet have lifelong depression?” Being told to join a gardening group and make friends is NOT HELPFUL when you have friends and already garden. Being told you need a job you feel is worthwhile, and a living wage, is not the answer when you already have both. It comes off as extraordin...
  • 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 ...
  • Emily
    I realized how controversial this book was as soon as I started talking about it to people in my life who have been diagnosed with depression. Challenging the strictly pharmaceutical approach to addressing depression is no small thing, and when I factor in that I’ve never been treated for depression, I feel...maybe not like the ideal person to sing the praises of this book or the ideas therein. But since the ideas make a lot of sense to me, 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 ...
  • Xe_maria
    I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it raises really important topics and there is a lot of very interesting data in there. There were bits of this book that I found helpful and insightful. On the other hand, there is a lot of oversimplification in this book. I have been particularly annoyed with the oversimplifications around biology/psychopharmacology and almost dropped the book after the first few chapters and then I remind...
  • Petra
    "You aren’t a machine with broken parts. You are an animal whose needs are not being met. You need to have a community. You need to have meaningful values, not the junk values you’ve been pumped full of all your life, telling you happiness comes through money and buying objects. You need to have meaningful work. You need the natural world. You need to feel you are respected. You need a secure future. You need connections to all these things. ...
  • Samidha Kalia
    *Note: A copy of the book was provided in exchange of an honest review. I would like to thank @BloomsburyIndia for the copy. The quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof copy and are subject to change.” Review: In my second semester of college, we did a paper called “Group and Youth Psychology”. What I remember most from the class is a sense of understanding that what is actually happening to me isn’t unique or tabooed in any way, and ...
  • Lisa
    3.5I'd recommend just listening to Hari's episode on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, episode #1077, because you'll hear the most important points of his book and Joe Rogan is a pretty good person to hear responding to it. I thought the book was unnecessarily lengthy, I guess he wanted to show off his journalistic skills because he had a few deep experiences talking to people about this. He divided his book into two parts: what causes depression...
  • إدريس
    والله انه ما يستاهل، بس اعطيته نجمتين لأن من بين الأفكار العديدة الي ما لها داعي أتى بفكرة واحدة جيدة ألا وهي أهمية التواصل البشري الصحي.
  • Holly Loucks
    Hari’s attempt to brainwash people into thinking socialism is the cure for depression, completely taints the rest of what-would-be legitimate arguments. I wanted to give Lost Connections one star because of how infuriating it is that Hari politisizes depression. BUT, when I reflected at the end of this book - it did connect some dots in my own struggles. I did like the point that Hari conclusively makes that “pain is our ally.” We NEED the ...
  • Steve
    What an underwhelming experience, this read. The author devotes the first half of the book to his observations involving the cause of depression and the last half to possible remedies.Mr. Hari fails to break new ground in the first half. You mean environment is a major contributor to depression? That big pharma pushes medications with low long-term efficacy for their narrow profit motives? Thank you Captain Obvious. Now I know why I suffered majo...
  • Mehrsa
    This book is really good--with the caveat that I have never struggled with depression or needed medicine for it. The argument is that the medicine doesn't deal with the underlying causes of depression and that depression is a signal that should not be ignored. I basically agree with this message and of course, Hari's review of the science is convincing. I also love his solutions--community, getting outside, finding meaningful work, connection to ...
  • Erik Nygren
    Great popular science read. However, the main study this book opens with, regarding antidepressants being snake oil has been put under a lot of scrutiny recently (have a google). So maybe everything we knew about depression wasn’t wrong after all.Still, the book brings light on a lot of interesting research for understanding what aspects of life we all need to feel human, and how some of these are going missing in the modern world.All in all, t...
  • Makenzie
    This is definitely not a perfect book by any stretch, nor do I have enough of a background in psychology to assess the validity of Hari's research, but to me he seems to approach this topic with a lot of understanding, balance, and nuance. His central thesis - that depression is in many ways a natural response to a society that increasingly no longer meets our emotional needs - is coupled with nine different factors that contribute to depression....
  • 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'
  • Steffan Bard
    As someone who's suffered from existential depression throughout their life, I appreciated this book and found Hari's analysis to be personally validating and liberating while shedding light on the less-known roots of depression and anxiety.Some random things I remember about the book: Hari's noted that our water systems can't actually filter out the amount of anti-depressants that are in our sewage and water system because of how many people tak...
  • Alessandro
    It’s hard to talk about this book without upsetting somebody. Most people have a specific idea of what causes depression and haven’t heard of an alternative narrative in a long time, probably since depression was shrugged off as a weakness and an excuse of the lazy.Those who do not suffer from depression may have a hard time believing the content of this book. They only know *about* depression; an alternative explanation might not click with ...