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Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions | Johann Hari
From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a radical 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 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. 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. Haris 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. His TED talk 'Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong' has been viewed more than 8 million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.
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I‘ve been feeling really depressed for the last 6 weeks. So I‘m setting a goal for myself to post everyday for a month. I know some days I‘ll post 6 times and others just once right before midnight but hopefully I find some peace and content-ness from being apart of the litsy community again ❤️

Megabooks Litsy has helped when I‘ve been depressed. It‘s definitely the friendliest social media. I‘m sorry you‘re going through this. 💙💙 3mo
Redwritinghood I hope the daily posting helps. Most people here are very supportive. 3mo
TrishB Hope it helps 😁 3mo
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BlameJennyJane I struggle myself sometimes and Litsy has become my home. And with the exception of my hubby who never posts, no one is an IRL friend... but everyone here is so supportive and amazing they‘ve become my go-to pick-me-up on a rough day. 🤗🤗🤗 3mo
Samplergal We are here for you. From someone who has anxiety and depression, feel free to reach out. Get in the sun if you can. vitamin D is very important. Hugs to you. Every day still can be challenging. I think as a group we are introverts and thus pull away. ❤️ 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Looking forward to your posts, and we‘re all here for you! ❤️ 3mo
DHill ❤️ 3mo
Erofan 💕 3mo
Buechersuechtling Sending virtual support and compassion. Hope that there‘ll be at least one thing a day that makes you smile a bit. Even if it‘s only an inner smile. I found that it‘s sometimes the unconscious small things that help seeing light at the end of a tunnel. (edited) 3mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3mo
CarolynM 💕💕 3mo
Stacypatrice 🤗💛🤗💛 3mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
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This book is already hitting a nerve 😭

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Wow, wow, wow! This book was so f*•king awesome. My favourite of the year. It‘s a book about depression and anxiety that everyone should read as these conditions touch us all either personally or through someone you know. It is very well written and researched. This book has changed my life and I will re read it every year. This book has made me look at the way I live my life and has filled me with knowledge and hope. Sooooooooo good! 😊

Jeg I must read this. My brother recently was hospitalised for his depression and anxiety. This book was recommended and I got it for him. I‘m looking forward to reading, even more so since reading your review. Thanks. 😊😊 7mo
Jeg Have you read Happy Never After? Fabulous. 7mo
Rissreads @Jeg No I haven‘t I will maybe try to get it on Audible 7mo
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kathedron
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Birthday bookhaul update: the total has now reached 15! 📚😍
Thank you, Katie @youneverarrived , that's really thoughtful of you 😘. I'll be sure to report back.

Caroline2 Oh sounds good! I‘ll be interested to know what you think! 🤔 9mo
youneverarrived Hope it‘s good 😘😘 9mo
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dialogofadream
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very interesting read so far 🧐

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Librarybelle
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I had to buy this book when it came out - it‘s high on my to read list. As someone who suffers from anxiety (I rarely talk about that aspect of myself), I also have bouts of depression. I‘m always interested in learning more about what could be the cause or reasoning behind it. #TelephoneWire #MusicalNewYear

BookishMarginalia Me too 10mo
TrishB Let me know if it‘s helpful. 10mo
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Librarybelle @TrishB I will! 10mo
AlaMich Yes, do post your thoughts, please. 😊 10mo
gradcat Ditto @TrishB 10mo
Librarybelle Will do, @gradcat ! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your review of this :) 10mo
Librarybelle You bet, @Pricel101 ! 10mo
vivastory I hope you find it helpful 10mo
tracey38 Same here. 💜💜 10mo
Librarybelle @tracey38 💜💜💜 10mo
ferskner ME TOO ❤️ 10mo
Librarybelle @ferskner 💜💜💜 10mo
Amiable Would love to hear your thoughts on it when you are done reading it. 10mo
Librarybelle Will do, @Amiable ! 10mo
minkyb Yes...I also look forward to your thoughts. 10mo
Librarybelle Sounds good, @minkyb ! 10mo
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I wanted to hate this book but I don‘t. Hari‘s central thesis is that modern treatment of depression/ anxiety is to focussed on drugs as the panacea solution and that a more holistic social and psychological approach is required and that the source of these ailments can be linked to a disassociation we feel from others, from our jobs, from the environment. Drugs have a place, but it must be viewed in conjunction with these other factors.

Sace Stacked! I need to read this. 11mo
OrangeMooseReads Interesting. 11mo
Suet624 I agree that drugs are not the only answer. 10mo
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rachelk
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“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society.” So true. #quoteoftheday

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Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

#depression #selfhelp #nonfiction

MelAnn Just picked this one up at the library today! 14mo
rachelk @MelAnn How funny! We‘ll have to compare notes! 14mo
MelAnn @rachelk sure thing! 14mo
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MelAnn
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2 books from the library today ... This is the first one ...

Velvetfur Oohh that book sounds fascinating *stacked* 1y
UnidragonFrag Huh. This sounds interesting, but it's blurbed by Elton John and I'm not sure how I feel about that.. 1y
MelAnn @UnidragonFrag I know, right? But I think it actually makes it more fascinating ... How many times does Elton John blurb a book? 14mo
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UnidragonFrag I don't know. Not many, probably. I mean, does he suffer from depression? Not sure he's any sorta authority to promote a book about it. Plus, I don't really take celebrity endorsements lol 14mo
MelAnn @UnidragonFrag yes, he‘s even written a song about contemplating suicide - he‘s been very open about it. 14mo
UnidragonFrag Had no idea. But in any case, the book itself sounds interesting. 14mo
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Abailliekaras
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I just heard Johann Hari speak in Adelaide - wow! Who knew that a talk about depression could be so entertaining and uplifting. I‘ve bought the book & can‘t wait to read it - a fascinating topic which he explains so clearly. 🌻

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MatchlessMarie
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A little late, but here‘s my #SeptemberTBR. Field of Blood is my most #AnticipatedSeptemberRead #SeptInBooks18 #ReadingResolutions

Beatlefan129 I read Anne of Green Gables years ago and fell in love with it—hope you enjoy it! 1y
MatchlessMarie @Beatlefan129 we owned the whole series as kids but I don‘t remember ever reading it! Shocking I know 😂 1y
APLitlife Water for Elephants is amazing! 1y
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ElePoser
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Learning about #lostconnections. Now on chapter on disconnection from meaningful values..

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kaeslay
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Deep quote, digging at the core of loneliness. It‘s more than a feeling, it‘s a state of existence.

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TiredLibrarian
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Treating depression as strictly an individual and biological issue is wrong, according to Hari; we need to examine the society that's giving rise to spiralling depression & anxiety rates. I'm not sure this book comes together as a whole to prove the author's point, but certain sections are fascinating. A valuable questioning of mainstream thought on this topic.

#nonfiction #mentalhealth #mentalillnss #depression #anxiety #psychology #sociology

Soubhiville I very much agree that it‘s a societal issue, and treating as a community/family/village is best. (I‘m just a lay-person, no medical background, and that‘s just my opinion.) 1y
Mike61 I loved it. I'm sure this book will help a lot of people. It challenges medical based theory, and grounds itself, through meticulous research, on depression and anxiety being the result of environmental, psychological and social issues through loss of connection to things we have an innate need for such as connection to meaningful work and nature. It lists these losses them shows us how we can reconnect. So it's a great reference. Very readable. 1y
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"Materialism is KFC for the soul."

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Gaelle2868
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Yay, looking forward to delving into this one 😊

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charliemarlowe
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My current audio book— it‘s very interesting, and he‘s got a great voice!

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Thndrstd
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A little late but how can I miss a good library post?

1. At least twice a week
2. I really want to see the one at Trinity
3. The tagged book
4. I think I was 5.

#trivialthursday
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Josh_G
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A interesting and insightful read, Hari takes you through the history of modern treatment for depression and anxiety. He also shows some potential nonmedicated options for treating/managing depression and anxiety.

This was a thoroughly worthwhile read.

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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, upon reflection - it did connect some dots in my own struggles. I‘d recommend this book to employers. There‘s a wealth of information that an employer could apply to work environment