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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: A radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety
'A book that could actually make us happy' SIMON AMSTELL
'This amazing book will change your life' ELTON JOHN
'One of the most important texts of recent years' BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE
'Brilliant, stimulating, radical' MATT HAIG
'The more people read this book, the better off the world will be' NAOMI KLEIN
'Wonderful' HILLARY CLINTON
'Brilliant for anyone wanting a better understanding of mental health' ZOE BALL
'A game-changer' DAVINA MCCALL
'Extraordinary' DR MAX PEMBERTON
'Beautiful' RUSSELL BRAND
Depression and anxiety are now at epidemic levels. Why? Across the world, scientists have uncovered evidence for nine different causes. Some are in our biology, but most are in the way we are living today.
Lost Connections offers a radical new way of thinking about this crisis. It shows that once we understand the real causes, we can begin to turn to pioneering new solutions – ones that offer real hope.
Journalist Hari (Chasing the Scream) explores common causes of anxiety and depression in contemporary society, proposing that antidepressants do not address the true nature of the problem. Critiquing the chemical-imbalance theory of depression as an idea sponsored by the self-interested pharmaceutical industry, he quotes one psychologist as saying, "The symptoms are a messenger of a deeper problem." Hari interviews numerous psychologists who explain how factors such as loneliness, work-based dissatisfaction, and consumer culture can fuel mental-health issues. Chasing possible solutions to these problems, Hari's research takes him throughout the world. He stops in a Berlin housing project where tenants waged a yearlong protest against rising rents, fostering a sense of empowerment and unity among themselves. He also visits a London mental-health clinic where doctors prescribe community volunteer projects instead of pills and a Baltimore bicycle shop that uses a nonhierarchical workplace to give employees a sense of having a voice in the business. Hari aims to demonstrate that the feelings of depression and anxiety experienced by individuals are symptomatic of a larger societal ailment that must be addressed. He makes a good case for this theory, supplying the reader with overwhelming (and engrossing) evidence, though his preferred solutions are somewhat grandiose and utopian.