Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
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—like his entire generation—that his problem ...more
Keep in mind it's…moreMarx was not the first philosopher/thinker to talk about the dangers of social alienation and/or the need for community and meaning.
Keep in mind it's called Marx's THEORY of alienation. Marx was a political philosopher.
Johann delves into research that supports what thinkers like Marx, Hegel, Pinel, Kant, Seneca, Jesus, etc. have been saying for millennia.
The book even talks about how all of these ideas are things we innately understand, hence the rising prevalence of depression and anxiety — reactions to the alienation.
It would be inaccurate to say this book says anything new. How many books really offer new information rather than new perspectives? The author is a journalist not a researcher. What is valuable about Lost Connections is how the information is organized and presented to usher people into these new perspectives with approachable language.(less)
Hari: Everyone thinks that depression is simply caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain!
Me: Well, of course depression is caused by chemicals in the brain. Every part of our experience is caused by chemicals in the brain. That's what the brain DOES. Love, rage and that annoying ...more
First, I would like to note that, as a psychiatric nurse, I like to consider myself a mental health professional who knows a little something about things like depression and anxiety. Second, I’m also certified in choice theory/reality therapy, which meshes pretty well with a lot of ideas in this book. Third, as someone who copes with (self-diagnosed) anxiety and depression, I’d like to think I know a few ...more
Every psychiatrist who believes that serotonin chemical imbalance in the brain is the reason for depression and anxiety should read this book! Anyone taking prescribed anti-depressants and not finding relief from their symptoms needs to read this book. Like the author, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at a young age and prescribed medication. For years I tried many different drugs ...more
A further example of the author's messiness ...more
As usual, it’s hardest for me to write reviews for books I love the most. This might be the best book I’ve ever read about depression and anxiety, and I’ve read dozens, maybe hundreds, over many decades.
It’s a book that I wish I could own. I might borrow it from the library again at some point.
For me, the causes and ‘reconnections’ highlighted are all part of ‘psychiatric treatment’ in conjunction ...more
You are not suffering from a chemical imbalance in your brain. You are suffering from a social and spiritual imbalance in how we live. Much more than you've been told up to now, it's not serotonin; it's society. It's not your brain; it's your pain. Your biology can make your distress worse, for sure. But it's not the cause. It's not the driver. It's not the place to look for the main explanation, or the main ...more
And seems to provide me with new reasons to criticise Russell Brand! Which I love doing anyway ;) Because unfortunately for Mr Hari I'd argue, he seems trapped into calling for revolutions.
"Hey!" his publishers say. "Do that calling-for-revolution thing you do. Really gets books flying off shelves!"
The last book I read of Hari's, Chasing the Scream, I did so when a bit younger and looking for "THE answer", so his ...more
I'd recommend just listening to Hari's episode on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, episode #1077, because you'll hear the most important points of his book and Joe Rogan is a pretty good person to hear responding to it. I thought the book was unnecessarily lengthy, I guess he wanted to show off his journalistic skills because he had a few deep experiences talking to people about this.
He divided his book into two parts: what causes depression and then how we can solve it. I found the first ...more
On the other hand, there is a lot of oversimplification in this book. I have been particularly annoyed with the oversimplifications around biology/psychopharmacology and almost dropped the book after the first few chapters and then I reminded myself that this is the area that I know a lot ...more
In our day, the amount of scientific data that is published but cannot be replicated, has reached to the level of 80-85%. And the real ratio can be even worse than this. We see these kind of lies and schemes in all areas of medicine from ...more
Three decades ago I was finally forced to seek help. And I mean ...more
BUT, when I reflected at the end of this book - it did connect some dots in my own struggles.
I did like the point that Hari conclusively makes that “pain is our ally.” We NEED the painful emotions as symptoms & signal to show us ...more
This incredibly well researched book takes a look at the antidepressant industry and then in a heartbeat tells you what things other than simply biology, are making us stare longingly into the bottom of a river in the dark, weighing up whether or not the intensity of death would outweigh the constant relentless pain of the day to day.
The journey of the read was more efficient at motivating me to help myself and others than any ...more
It’s a fairly short book that’s packed with a lot of ...more
But since the ideas make a lot of sense to me, I’m going to sing a few praises and also note that the ...more
It helps me to understand more about things that related to psychology.
For this book talks more about depression and why people are depressed and how to find hope.
I think the author really go through research and dig deeper about depression. This book is well written and easy to read.
I agreed that the depression has the actual reasons. Some people having this negative experiences more than positive and not happy about it and tend to ...more
In my second semester of college, we did a paper called “Group and Youth Psychology”. What I remember most from the class is a sense of understanding that what is actually happening to me isn’t unique or tabooed in any way, and at the same time I also felt blessed that unlike some of...more
Still, the book brings light on a lot of interesting research for understanding what aspects of life we all need to feel human, and how some of these are going missing in the modern world.
All in all, this book serves as a good reality check, reminding ...more
That, essentially, has been the medical community's response to those suffering from depression for decades now. That answer isn't just wrong, it's glib, it's cruel, and it's proven to have fatal consequences.
I read Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs just last year, and this is a worthy follow-up. Hari is one of the most intriguing authors of non-fiction out there, not least for the way in which he takes something that the public has long ...more
The main point is that we should not medicalize problems of living ...more