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

By: Johann Hari

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. Hari's 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 eight million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.

Is this book for you?

As a long-time sufferer of depression and anxiety, I originally picked up this book in a desperate attempt to find new ideas and new hope (after years of education on the subjects). It turned out to be the book that made me begin to rethink what I’d been taught, and spurred me to continue researching these subjects. No diagnosis has ever helped me, but this book opened the door for me and sparked my curiosity on the subject in a new way. If you’re suffering from depression and anxiety right now, why not give it a read (or listen)? It could be the thing that kickstarts your journey to freedom.