Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope

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Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope


Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope is a widely renowned book by top-rated TED speaker and New York Times best-selling author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Johann Hari. Lost Connections raises some interesting thoughts about the causes of constantly increasing rates of depression in the world. Depression diagnoses are often sub categorized as “endogenous” or “reactive.” Reactive depression is differentiated as a response to negative stimuli produced by a person’s environment, and endogenous depression is considered a response to internal cognitive or biological stressors. Hari takes this taxonomy to task by positing that the “chemical imbalance” theory is overstated, and many cases of “endogenous” depression may actually be perfectly normal responses to traumas that have just been overlooked.

New York bestselling author of Chasing the Scream Johann Hari writes about a new way to start thinking about depression and anxiety, including their causes and treatments. Award winning author Johann suffered from depression since early childhood and began taking anti- depressant medication in his teens because he was told that he had a chemical imbalance in his brain.

As an adult, Hari studied the social sciences, to investigate whether or not he truly had a chemical imbalance in his brain. However, he learned that everything that we have learned about depression and anxiety is untrue. He learned that depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance, but rather is due to key problems in the society we live in.

Hari travels from Baltimore to an Amish town in Indiana to Berlin in hopes of finding real causes of anxiety and depression. He found scientists who discovered nine different causes and seven effective solutions to treat them.

Hari’s emotional and inspiring story will change your understanding of depression and anxiety based on his thorough research.

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars