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What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we really solve them?

New York Times best-selling author 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.

On a 40,000-mile journey 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. They taught him a radically different story about why so many of us are in deep pain – and how we can find our ways back.

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.

LOST CONNECTIONS is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today.

 

What They’re Saying About “Lost Connections”

 
‘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 CLINTON

‘Wise, probing and deeply generous Hari has produced a book packed with explosive revelations about our epidemic of despair. Yes, this work is about depression but it is also about the way we live now – and the havoc perennial isolation is wrecking on our collective mental health and general wellbeing. I am utterly convinced that the more people read this book, the better off the world will be’

– NAOMI KLEIN, AUTHOR OF ‘THE SHOCK DOCTRINE’

‘A brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health’

– MATT HAIG, AUTHOR OF ‘REASONS TO STAY ALIVE’

‘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

‘Like a secular oracle Johann Hari stands on the periphery observing what is coming. This book is a prescient and compassionate Rosetta Stone for those trying to understand mental illness. Beautiful.’

– RUSSELL BRAND

‘About midway through Johann Hari’s book, you begin to wonder why nobody else has written this. It’s so clearly true, and thrilling for that reason. The answer of course is that Hari is brave and clear thinking. I hope he writes many more books.’

– TUCKER CARLSON, TOP-RATED HOST ON FOX NEWS

‘I love the book’

– EZRA KLEIN

‘This is one of those extraordinary books that you want all your friends to read immediately – because the shift in world-view is so compelling and dramatic that you wonder how you’ll be able to have conversations with them otherwise. A highly personal book, written with humility, humour and candour, it nonetheless heralds a crucial new discussion about our mental health – and the health of the world we’ve created for ourselves. I haven’t been so gripped for ages … I honestly couldn’t put it down. What a stunning piece of work’

– BRIAN ENO

‘Johann Hari follows his ground-breaking and revolutionary book on addiction with an equally vital, compelling and eye-opening examination of the myths we have been taught to believe about depression and anxiety. With this book that is brilliant interweaves science, philosophy and searing personal experience, and which methodically dissects the truth around mental health, Hari again proves that he is one of the world’s most important and most enlightening thinkers and social critics’

– GLENN GREENWALD, WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

“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

‘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 OF THE GUARDIAN

‘Johann Hari is again getting people to think differently about our mood, our minds and our drug use, and that is something we need a lot more of’

– BILL MAHER

‘Depression and anxiety are the maladies of our time, but not for the reasons you think. In this compulsively readable history of these ailments, Johann Hari tells us how the science went wrong and the obvious got overlooked. An important diagnosis from one of the ablest journalists writing in the English language today’

– THOMAS FRANK, AUTHOR OF ‘WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS’

‘A special writer, a great researcher and a great wordsmith… This look at depression will change everything you think about it’

– TOURÉ

‘Johann has a knack of making me reframe the way I look at issues. This book is a game changer’

– DAVINA MCCALL

‘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 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

‘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, PRESS SECRETARY TO TONY BLAIR

‘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… This book deftly challenges the current orthodoxy around depression and is a breath of fresh air’

– DR MAX PEMBERTON OF THE DAILY MAIL

‘Through a breath-taking journey across the world, Johann Hari exposes us to extraordinary people and concepts that will change the way we see depression for ever. It is a brave, moving, brilliant, simple and earth-shattering book that must be read by everyone and anyone who is longing for a life of meaning and connection’

– EVE ENSLER, AUTHOR OF ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’

‘Johann’s book skewers every fundamental question we should be asking today, as a society, about our frazzled minds. I couldn’t put it down.’

– ELEANOR MORGAN OF GRAZIA MAGAZINE

‘The wisest, smartest, most eye-opening book I’ve ever read about mental health, and how to stop the world from making us so miserable.’

– DECCA AITKENHEAD OF THE GUARDIAN

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