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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
Lu par : Johann Hari
Durée : 9 h et 20 min
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

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

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.

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

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  • jaga
  • 07/06/2018

Are we turning the corner....

....on the epidemic of depression and anxiety?

With the number of people afflicted by depression and anxiety ever rising, this title really caught my attention. And while the title may raise hopes (and for some, skepticism), it actually provides an interesting account of Johann Hari’s personal story and his exploration of the causes of and solutions for depression. That may be enough for some to make this book worthwhile, but it actually offers a lot more.

Hari’s finding, primarily based on publicly available research and hundreds of interviews, is that depression / anxiety is more a social phenomenon and less a biological / psychological one (using the bio-psycho-social model generally accepted by most mental health professionals / researchers, he doesn’t get into gut micro-biome, etc). He cites a wide range of research in this regard, such as Robert Sapolsky’s long-term study of baboons, Martin Seligman’s study of the Amish and many, many more. Hari goes on to say that many cases of depression / anxiety are a normal reaction to people’s individual situations and that the current ways of diagnosing depression (e.g., the DSM) and prescribing medication need to be reconsidered. But perhaps the broader message is that the increase in depression / anxiety is based on the way our society has changed. Lots of reasons cited / suggested for why this is the case, but generally, we have become disconnected: from people, nature, our work, our values, and others. Probably not a shocker for most, who experience this in some manner on a daily basis.

Hari goes on to highlight many successful programs / strategies where these connections were re-established and how this improved the overall well being of the individual and in many cases, their larger community. He also broaches the big question of what is, or could be, an anti depressant. In other words, why do so many restrict their definition of anti-depressants to pharmaceuticals?

And while his title may be setting a high bar, the book does not in actuality claim to know all of the real causes and solutions to depression. This is a really difficult subject for most individuals, but also for our society at large. If one approaches it with an open mind (I think I did) there is a great deal of information and perspectives in it which many will find useful.

Many will benefit from reading this book and I recommend you do so.

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  • Jeanna Walters Tronnes
  • 07/03/2018

World-changing ideas

This book is a long overdue shift in the beliefs that we have about depression. Bottom line: Anxiety and depression are vital messages to show us what's wrong in our lives. It's not caused by our "faulty brain chemistry". It's caused by our collective denial of basic human needs. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 27/01/2018

Must read

For those of us who have experienced depression as a personal crisis, and for all of us who need to recognize it as a public health crisis. Hari is a brilliant investigative journalist (see Chasing the Scream, about addiction) who brings his personal experience, taut and engaging research style, and profound empathy to this widespread but yet hidden malady. The medical and pharmaceutical model of depression is just not supported by the research, and Hari discusses 9 other causes/contexts for understanding depression that are backed by scientific evidence. From the treatment perspective, not much mention of CBT, DBT or mindfulness practice might be a flaw in the book to some. Current practices in psychiatry and psychology are not quite as drug reliant as Hari suggests. But almost. For a book about such a weighty and, yes, depressing topic, it trips along like an adventure story as research findings are tracked down and humane and personable scientists are interviewed. The narration is pleasant, earnest but never harping. Well worth the credit on all counts.

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  • Brett
  • 18/03/2018

Heartfelt, but not convincing

Johann Hari goes in search of why we, as a society, have skyrocketing numbers of people who are depressed or anxious, and are on prescription medication as a result.

The solution is not in medicine, but in restoring our ‘lost connections’. Much if this feels real and commonsensical. But an alarming amount of it seems convenient. He visits a center for obese people and a woman immediately tells him she was raped, and has been obese ever since as a defence mechanism. Another man tells him something very similar. It’s all black and white, cause and effect, and a lot of reads like the worst pop psychology.

It’s very pleasing that Mr Hari appears to have found a solution to his own depression and anxiety. But I was yearning for him to acknowledge that this issue is incredibly complex and won’t necessarily be resolved by people talking to their neighbors or climbing a mountain. That didn’t happen.

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  • Dallas coffman
  • 13/02/2018

I cried

What did you love best about Lost Connections?

How personally familiar I felt with the Author's story. In so many ways we are all the same.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Connections?

When Johann Hari walks us through his experience with losing a child. I've lost twin boys who were very premature and my wife and I three years later still weep on occasion. Hari goes on to ensure us that pain is our connection to their life. We don't want to lose that connection. We don't want to forget their names and their faces. It's human nature to feel sadness after experiencing loss many years after the occurrence despite what DSM thinks.

What about Johann Hari’s performance did you like?

When Johann shares his experience with loss you can almost hear the pain in his voice. It helped me connect with him. Also his narrating voice is spot on and he speaks clearly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Human Nature-A closer look into the human experience

Any additional comments?

Incredible. The words can't describe how thankful I am for Johann to share his story. To share insight. To ask questions and show his findings. And thank you for your podcast with Joe Rogan. Very informative. Thank you.

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  • spark527
  • 08/03/2018

This book is about more than just depression.

this book is full of great information about the causes of depression. But it's also a book with a bigger idea; an idea about changing our society, changing our culture, changing the way we think about the things that we need as human beings and some ideas about how we might be able to put them back into our lives.

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  • Colorado Girl
  • 01/03/2018

Pretty good until the last couple of chapters

The author offers some interesting theories as to the causes of depression and what to do about it. Many of them seem to be valid, however I would caution anyone who reads or listens to this book to keep in mind that this information is just one source of information on a very complex subject. Hari feels that antidepressants have been over-prescribed, and that may well be the case. But it should be noted that for some individuals, medication is absolutely necessary and in some cases life-saving. The recommendations that Hari makes with regard to reconnecting with your outside world are all very good suggestions. Where I had the problem was when he started to push his social agenda toward the end of the book stating that if we could just give everybody a guaranteed income that that would somehow solve the depression problem. Seriously?!? That simplistic utopian view was where I felt he went off the rails. He should have kept his social/political views separate from this issue. We already have too much political divide in our lives, and politics may well be a contributor to our overall depressive state these days. Skip the last couple of chapters - the rest of it is ok.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/08/2018

good start to untilmately disappointing finish

this book started with all the right ingredients. beginning with a healthy skepticism for the earlier narrative on depression that deserves to be challenged. However, the author then decided to move from one simple answer to yet another simple answer. And, no surprise, simple answers that he is now totally convinced of happen to align with all of his personal politics. Meanwhile he ignores all the other evidence for other social structures that already exist that provide exactly the kind of relief that he claims we need to follow his political recommendations in order to achieve. though he did research for this project, his search did not go far enough, nor was he open enough to find the truths that were already sitting there in plain sight.

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  • Alexis Michael
  • 13/07/2018

Interesting Perspective

The author has an interesting perspective on depression. As someone who has been working with people who struggle with the disorder for years, there was not much new. At times, he would discuss his own frustration with the treatment he received and it seemed as if he wrote the book to say he received bad treatment (which he did). This became tiresome at times.

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  • carrie
  • 02/08/2018

Bad writing and too political

Unfortunately Hari’s writing is so bad it makes it hard to finish the book. He is so repetitive and runs off on personal tangents, so much so that his point is often lost. He has some good ideas - nothing scientific though. He makes some good points about anti-depressants and big pharm and some good social points too about the cause s of depression but his political points of view - fantasy really - should have been left out of he book. It made it very hard to take him seriously. Also his narration is horrible. He swallows his words and speaks too quickly in almost a mumbling tone. Not worth my time in the end. All of the ideas here could’ve been more condensed - half the length really.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/05/2018

Seriös - trotz reißerischen Untertitels

Meine Erfahrungen nach mehr als 15 Jahren erfolgloser medizinischer Intensivbehandlung stimmen mit vielen Schlussfolgerungen des Autors überein.
Johann Hari schreibt mit großherzigem Mitgefühl und dem Eifer eines Bestwilligen, manchmal wohl auch etwas schwärmerisch, und doch mit einer analytischen Klugheit, die ich mir immer neben dem Mitgefühl und dem Eifer von den Experten gewünscht habe.
Kurz: Es ist das wissenschaftlich Objektivste (so weit gehe ich) und Menschlichste, was ich bisher über Depressionen gelesen und gehört habe.
Danke Johann Hari - dieses Buch hat etwas Erlösendes.

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  • Malexmave
  • 10/02/2018

An interesting book, but don't take it as gospel

This book is very interesting, but if you take away only one thing from this review, it should be that you should not trust the book unconditionally.

Hari delves into the sources and therapies for depression. The book gives an overview of the research into depression and potential therapies and medication. It is very critical of chemical antidepressants, favoring a more human-centric approach to therapy.

I found the book very interesting, but I have also read articles from a few people who take issue with the way the book portrays several aspects of depression. In a nutshell, everyone seems to agree that depression cannot be solved by chemical anti-depressants alone - where opinions differ is how much of a role they have, if at all. Hari is in the camp of "very few people, in very specific circumstances, benefit from chemical solutions, we need to do things radically differently." Others disagree. In any case, if you are currently taking antidepressants, do not abandon your medication without talking to your doctor! It will do more harm than good.

The critical voices (see, for example, the two Guardian articles by Dean Burnett) also take issue with the way Hari implies that the human-centric view of therapy is a fringe opinion in psychology - in fact, it is appearantly taught in classes alongside the chemical approach. Hari also appears to have gotten some basic facts on statistics and heritage wrong.

I'm going to go with four stars, deducting one star for the appearant factual mistakes and sometimes provably overblown claims. My conclusion would be: Read this book, but read it critically, and also read the dissent others have published, to get a (hopefully) more balanced view. I personally think that the book still has a contribution to make, as it gives a good introduction into some aspects of the current state of research. I am by no means an expert on the topic area, so I cannot say how much of the book is scientific consensus, and how much is not generally accepted or even generally rejected.

A last note: Do not use this book as an alternative to professional therapy. If you are already in therapy, discuss the topics with your therapist, but do not act on your own based solely on this book. Your therapist almost certainly knows more than Johann Hari about depression - listen to them (and if they argue for a purely chemical approach, try a different therapist if you disagree, but do not abandon therapy alltogether). Too much can go wrong if you try self-help without guidance during a serious depression.

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  • 10/05/2019

Insightful, thrilling and inspiring listen

I really enjoyed listening to Hari's insights into the issue since he is discussing it in a very intriguing and approachable style. Although a lot of the content didn't seem to be total news to me, I felt quite touched by the entanglement of research findings, stories and snapshots, as well as Hari's very personal experiences. The way in which Hari put all the strings together has given me a lot of aha-moments and I feel truy inspired by his approaches on how to reconnect to the world. Undoubtingly, those ideas need to be addressed and discussed further!

Despite the serious topic it's been a pleasure to listen to Hari. But I found myself to be quite annoyed by those cut-in pieces of audio that sounded so different to the rest of the reading. Minus 1.75 stars for production.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21/02/2019

A great listen

Surprisingly not (too) repetitive given the length of the book. Lots of informative stories and some solid research, definitely worth the time to listen.

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  • AB
  • 15/11/2018

Fantastic book

Thanks, Johann, for this wonderfully researched and narrated book. It was a completely new view on depression.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 24/09/2018

sehr aufschlussreiches Buch

Sehr aufschlussreiches Buch, auch für jemanden wie mich, der nicht an Depression leidet. Obwohl ich ein glücklicher Mensch bin, werde ich Techniken in diesem Buch anwenden, um noch glücklicher zu werden.