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Mielen yhteydet - Masennuksen todelliset syyt

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  10,751 ratings  ·  1,462 reviews
Hyvästit masennuslääkkeille?

Toimittaja Johann Hari sairastui masennukseen jo lapsena ja sai ensimmäiset masennuslääkkeensä teini-ikäisenä. Kuten niin monelle muullekin masennuksesta kärsivälle myös Harille kerrottiin hänen sairautensa johtuvan aivojen kemiallisesta epätasapainosta. Aikuisena Hari ryhtyi tutkimaan, mitä tämä väite oikeastaan tarkoittaa. Pian hänelle
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by Bazar Kustannus (first published January 11th 2018)
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Ryan Kapsar It does cover some of the neuroscience, however it generally covers more of the psychological/physiological aspects of depression. There are differing…moreIt does cover some of the neuroscience, however it generally covers more of the psychological/physiological aspects of depression. There are differing points where he jumps into that space.

This book is shockingly well researched. In my review I note this, but there are footnotes that list dozens of scientific studies to back a given claim. (less)
M Agree. While I think it's a good book, I feel it is selling itself too strongly as 'a totally new take on depression', whereby I feel that he is…moreAgree. While I think it's a good book, I feel it is selling itself too strongly as 'a totally new take on depression', whereby I feel that he is biased by and presents his own experience as the norm. I.e very little he discusses was news to me, but he presents it as if these were totally new thoughts...(less)
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Emmy Gregory
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hoo boy! Where to start? Well Hari starts by saying that everything I know about depression is wrong, which is a bold claim given that I've lived with it, waxing and waning, for most of my life. So what does he say?
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
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
I thank the author for writing this book and the person who gifted me a copy. Finally, the truth!!

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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work, psychology
Disclaimer: It is not the intention of this review to tell you how you should or should not medicate yourself. Personally, I would not take anti-depressant drugs in a pink fit, and have, in the past, refused them when they have been offered to me by well-meaning doctors. You should do what you think is best given advice from your doctor – with that said, read this book so you might have some questions to ask that doctor when and if they tell you to self-lobotomise (or whatever it is the ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a frustrating and infuriating book. I kept wanting to shout “but what about us who HAVE the connections you talk about, have everything going for us, and yet have lifelong depression?” Being told to join a gardening group and make friends is NOT HELPFUL when you have friends and already garden. Being told you need a job you feel is worthwhile, and a living wage, is not the answer when you already have both. It comes off as extraordinarily patronizing to be told “I know you don’t want to ...more
Aisha Smith
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book purports to be groundbreaking but is actually an example of sloppy and unscientific reasoning. The author quotes studies published in the 1990's to critique "modern thinking" about clinical depression and anxiety. However, modern thinking on clinical depression and anxiety has advanced by leaps and bounds just in the time I've been typing this review. At a minimum, a book about science should refer to science published in the New Millennium.

A further example of the author's messiness
Lisa Vegan
The book’s description field at Goodreads ( gives a more than adequate summary of its contents so I won’t make a point here of giving any further details here.

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.

Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At his best, Hari writes with real compassion and insight, advancing an important argument that we need to expand our understanding of both depression and of anti depressants. Popping pills to solve a chemical imbalance is not the answer, but rather identifying what it is that you/ we are disconnected from - including with the help of mental health professionals, but not exclusively. He consults experts, showcases innovative approaches and research and thinks about things ‘for a long time’ as he ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"We need to move from 'focusing on chemical imbalances to focusing on power imbalances.'"

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
Arani Satgunaseelan
Just not for me. I found that this book unnecessarily portrayed psychiatrists and anti-depressants negatively. I was presented with plenty of studies related to other causes but the idea of anti-depressant studies was quickly dismissed as being biased because of ‘Big Pharma’ funding - which I think is an insult to the men and women scientists working for companies conducting this research.

For me, the causes and ‘reconnections’ highlighted are all part of ‘psychiatric treatment’ in conjunction
Leo Robertson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gonna set this to 4* but Mr Hari does leave me feeling ever so empowered :)

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
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This is such a beautiful book that lays out the real reasons behind depression, the lies of pharmaceutical industry, the indecency of the so called scientist; and also shows us, providing real-life evidence on why people get depressed and how to deal with it.

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
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it raises really important topics and there is a lot of very interesting data in there. There were bits of this book that I found helpful and insightful.

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
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
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions is by renowned UK author journalist Johann Hari. Through extensive research and interviews with a host of experts, educators and other medical professionals; the connection between depression and anxiety is established with its huge impact on all aspects of humanity. In addition, Hari shared his own stories of near death illness after food poisoning in Vietnam, and diagnosis with depression and acute anxiety ...more
Holly Loucks
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, 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
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You aren’t a machine with broken parts. You are an animal whose needs are not being met. You need to have a community. You need to have meaningful values, not the junk values you’ve been pumped full of all your life, telling you happiness comes through money and buying objects. You need to have meaningful work. You need the natural world. You need to feel you are respected. You need a secure future. You need connections to all these things. You need to release any shame you might feel for ...more
Gary Moreau
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many who will consider reading this book I have suffered from bouts of severe clinical depression for a long time despite a life that has been, by any standard measure, filled with success, recognition, and good fortune. And I know, like most who suffer from depression do, that 1. the pain is very real, and 2. career recognition, material success, and a comfortable life have little to do with the ultimate quality of life.

Three decades ago I was finally forced to seek help. And I mean
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's strange when the book you need more than any other finds you.

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
Cindy Rollins
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
At times I almost liked this book. There are a couple good takeaways about materialism and our egos in an ago if social media, but the pseudoscience undoes most of that. The author seems to think “I thought about it a lot” is some sort of scientific evidence. Finally, he reveals a political agenda which is based on these “thoughts.” This is the future. Emotionalism parading as science.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized how controversial this book was as soon as I started talking about it to people in my life who have been diagnosed with depression. Challenging the strictly pharmaceutical approach to addressing depression is no small thing, and when I factor in that I’ve never been treated for depression, I feel...maybe not like the ideal person to sing the praises of this book or the ideas therein.
But since the ideas make a lot of sense to me, I’m going to sing a few praises and also note that the
Elvina Zafril
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to read books about psychology since I don't know when.

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
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This is an important book that has the potential to change the way many people see the world. It’s about depression, but depression on a continuum that includes the sort of unhappiness that most people in the modern world experience – which makes it not just a book for people with depression but a book for anyone who cares about their own mental health. It’s essentially a research-based popular science book on what makes a good life.

It’s a fairly short book that’s packed with a lot of
Instead of a personal failing or a chemical imbalance, what if depression is actually a symptom of a sick society? That’s the central question Hari asks here. He pinpoints various ways in which we are fundamentally disconnected from other people and from ourselves: disconnection from meaningful work and values, from a traumatic past that still affects us, from status, from nature, and from hope for the future. He thinks society needs to address these basic human needs rather than just pointing ...more
Samidha Kalia
*Note: A copy of the book was provided in exchange of an honest review. I would like to thank @BloomsburyIndia for the copy. The quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof copy and are subject to change.”


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

Erik Nygren
Great popular science read. However, the main study this book opens with, regarding antidepressants being snake oil has been put under a lot of scrutiny recently (have a google). So maybe everything we knew about depression wasn’t wrong after all.

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
Long German rambling review ahead (below), be aware*, I'll try to wrap up a shorter English version, here we go: I really enjoyed the second half of the book, which reads like a collection of essays about people who challenge the current system with alternative ways of living in a (more friendly, less egoistical, less capitalism-oriented) society. If this was what the book was about - how to become a better human, how to make the world a better place, how to revive those old networks and ...more
Brendan Monroe
"It's all in your head."

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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He says some things that sound outrageous (weak evidence for clinical effect of SSRI drugs, impact of social status on health, etc.) but backs them up with references, and the references I checked say what he says they say. Using his personal experience as a literary device to tie different facts together works well in this context. The theme of connections is a good way to vulgarize the general concept of the underlying science.
The main point is that we should not medicalize problems of living
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good--with the caveat that I have never struggled with depression or needed medicine for it. The argument is that the medicine doesn't deal with the underlying causes of depression and that depression is a signal that should not be ignored. I basically agree with this message and of course, Hari's review of the science is convincing. I also love his solutions--community, getting outside, finding meaningful work, connection to others--even if I feel more pessimistic than he ...more
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Johann Hari is an award-winning British journalist and playwright. He was a columnist for The Independent and the Huffington Post, and has won awards for his war reporting. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Le Monde, El Mundo, the Melbourne Age, El Pais, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Irish Times, The Guardian, Ha'aretz, the ...more
“Loneliness isn’t the physical absence of other people, he said—it’s the sense that you’re not sharing anything that matters with anyone else. If you have lots of people around you—perhaps even a husband or wife, or a family, or a busy workplace—but you don’t share anything that matters with them, then you’ll still be lonely.” 38 likes
“Protracted loneliness causes you to shut down socially, and to be more suspicious of any social contact, he found. You become hypervigilant. You start to be more likely to take offense where none was intended, and to be afraid of strangers. You start to be afraid of the very thing you need most. John calls this a “snowball” effect, as disconnection spirals into more disconnection. Lonely people are scanning for threats because they unconsciously know that nobody is looking out for them, so no one will help them if they are hurt. This snowball effect, he learned, can be reversed—but to help a depressed or severely anxious person out of it, they need more love, and more reassurance, than they would have needed in the first place. The tragedy, John realized, is that many depressed and anxious people receive less love, as they become harder to be around. Indeed, they receive judgment, and criticism, and this accelerates their retreat from the world. They snowball into an ever colder place.” 18 likes
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