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Lost connections, uncovering the real causes of depression - and the unexpected solutions
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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. 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.
I feel this is a very cathartic read for anyone who has experience of mental health issues. It felt validating of the feelings of depression, as if the issue was not what is in the brain but what is going on in the social environment. I would recommend this both to people who have depression and also those who live with someone with depression.