Lost Connections

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-- and the Unexpected Solutions

Book - 2018
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"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 [believe they] are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari's journey took him from a ... series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered [what he argues are] nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions"--Amazon.com.
Contents: Prologue: The apple ; Introduction: A mystery
Part I: The crack in the old story. The wand ; Imbalance ; The grief exception ; The first flag on the moon
Part II: Disconnection : nine causes of depression and anxiety. Picking up the flag (an introduction to Part Two) ; Cause one: Disconnection from meaningful work ; Cause two: Disconnection from other people ; Cause three: Disconnection from meaningful values ; Cause four: Disconnection from childhood trauma ; Cause five: Disconnection from status and respect ; Cause six: Disconnection from the natural world ; Cause seven: Disconnection from a hopeful or secure future ; Causes eight and nine: The real role of genes and brain changes
Part III: Reconnection; or, A different kind of antidepressant. The cow ; We built this city ; Reconnection one: To other people ; Reconnection two: Social prescribing ; Reconnection three: To meaningful work ; Reconnection four: To meaningful values ; Reconnection five: Sympathetic joy, and overcoming addiction to the self ; Reconnection six: Acknowledging and overcoming childhood trauma ; Reconnection seven: Restoring the future
Conclusion: Homecoming
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2018
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 H
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781632868305


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JCLJenP Mar 19, 2020

Makes the case that anxiety and depression are not individual disorders that can be resolved with medication, but rather a response to social problems.

Feb 25, 2020

I learned a lot reading this book about people and events I had no inkling of before but am glad I now know. The writing is really engaging and content vital to all humans, not only those who suffer from depression, but those also who love them.

Feb 20, 2020

This is not the book you think it is. It is not the book I thought it was. When you download books on your kindle, several at a time, you might unexpectedly think you’re reading Paul Hawken writing about climate change. You think, hmm, this is a weird introduction. But okay, I guess it makes some random sense to begin the book with a story of almost dying in Vietnam by eating half a pesticide-covered apple.

Only after you put the book away and come back to it do you realize you’re reading a completely different book. By then, it’s too late. You’re in deep and it’s got you. It’s not Prozac Nation and it’s not a rant about the evils of anti-depressants or how bad someone’s life was before drugs miraculously cured them. And it’s not just a bunch of research about what works or - mostly - what doesn’t work about drugs and mental health.

It’s a story which pulled me through an interesting character’s experience in something I will never experience. Which is why I read non-fiction in the first place. And why this is mind-blowing, heh heh.

Dec 29, 2019

advocates addressing depression without pharmaceuticals as the first choice. has been widely criticized as having plagiarized. He purports that the main reason for depression is loss of connection.

Dec 24, 2019

I found this book to be both thought provoking and insightful. The book describes how our societies prescription for depression is sadly lacking and missing the target all together. This idea that depression is largely due to a chemical imbalance and therefore requires a chemical solution is unfounded and unsupported by evidence. Depression has psychological, social, and biological causes and in looking for an antidote, we must address them all. We are driven by our society to live with a consumer mindset. We convince ourselves we need more money, more possession, and more status to be happy. The research shows different. Ultimately, we need a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaning. The book is dense with research supporting this thesis. The book also discusses the discontentment brought on by the individualistic and materialistic world we live in and how we can strive to live in a way that doesn't contradict our deepest intrinsic values. The major aspects of the solutions the author presents are not solutions to be implemented at an individual level but need to be implemented by society as a whole. This idea was a bit depressing but made sense. There were a few chapters I found to be tainted by the authors naturalistic and political beliefs but still found the book to be a good read.

Aug 01, 2019

The first part of the book was really good. However, the second part on how to reconnect was no help whatsoever.

Jun 23, 2019

An "incisive analysis" (from book cover) of depression and what to do about it. The startling thing is his debunking of the myths that anti-depressant medications help very much and that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. His bottom line is that depression is caused by loneliness, because we live in such an individualistic society. Solution: seek out and nurture community. I was most fascinated by his finding that meditation (and LSD for that matter) takes us out of ourselves, reduces our ego, leaves us less obsessed with our own feelings and helps us to care more about other people and be more a part of the whole world. It's not as flaky as it sounds. He's a journalist but has experienced his own severe depression, has successfully practised nurturing community in his life and has done some very rigorous analysis of the research to write this book. Highly recommended.

Jun 18, 2019

Every so often ,a book comes along that
turns ‘heads’.
This is one of them.
Johann Hari’s treatise on depression and it’s causes
Is so well polished in presentation and research it almost
Seems glib.
But it’s not.
It gives boot to the common belief that despair is all in one’s head..
The answers , he writes lie elsewhere :not in the contents of a plastic pill bottle.
Such a pleasure to read a work so provocatively original.

SurreyLibrarian Mar 28, 2019

-Submitted by Marnie-
This non-fiction book discusses such a prominent topic of depression. I love that the author is not actually a doctor or psychologist, but an investigative reporter who researches studies on depression and travels the world to interview all the “who’s who” in this realm. It’s written in a “journalistic” style with many anecdotal stories and personal accounts which makes it short-story like, while keeping facts, research, and breakthroughs in science as a top priority and maintains validity on every point. Personally, I feel that Hari (the author) is spot on about his reasons why today’s world has such a high rate of depression. And while this is a fantastic read if you have depression, it’s just as an important read if you don’t! I feel the main component – Connections – is useful for personal growth, medical science, but also in business. A focus on re-connecting in every aspect of our lives could be the positive change in our humanity and businesses that can incorporate this philosophy into their plan and vision, will ultimately keep customers happy, coming back, and CONNECTED!

OPL_BreanneS Mar 23, 2019

Lost Connections by Johann Hari is a devastating indictment of how depression is treated globally. It begins with the debunking of the "serotonin story"--the theory that depression is caused by low serotonin levels and can be fixed simply by taking a pill manufactured by Big Pharma--and then goes onto argue that depression is a sort of grief response that happens when our basic human need for connection (to nature, other people, meaningful work and values, status and respect, a hopeful and secure future) is not being met. It's a desperately needed paradigm-shift approach to treating depression, but if I'm being honest, it's also quite a depressing read that forces you to contemplate how deeply screwed up society is, and in turn how deeply damaging it is to our emotional health.

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Sep 13, 2019

page 256: "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 respected. You need a secure future. You need connections to all these things. You need to release any shame you might feel for having been mistreated."


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