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Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

by Johann Hari
Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

by Johann Hari


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The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in Britain and across the Western world. Why?

He had a very personal reason to ask this question. When he was a teenager, he had gone to his doctor and explained that he felt like pain was leaking out of him, and he couldn't control it or understand it. Some of the solutions his doctor offered had given him some relief-but he remained in deep pain.

So, as an adult, he went on a forty-thousand-mile journey across the world to interview the leading experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety-and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions: ones that offer real hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632868312
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 13,886
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Johann Hari is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream. He was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Le Monde, and others.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Apple 1

Introduction: A Mystery 5

Part I The Crack in the Old Story

1 The Wand 17

2 Imbalance 27

3 The Grief Exception 38

4 The First Flag on the Moon 45

Part II Disconnection: Nine Causes of Depression and Anxiety

5 Picking Up the Flag (An Introduction to Part Two) 59

6 Cause One: Disconnection from Meaningful Work 61

7 Cause Two: Disconnection from Other People 72

8 Cause Three: Disconnection from Meaningful Values 91

9 Cause Four: Disconnection from Childhood Trauma 106

10 Cause Five: Disconnection from Status and Respect 116

11 Cause Six: Disconnection from the Natural World 123

12 Cause Seven: Disconnection from a Hopeful or Secure Future 132

13 Causes Eight and Nine: The Real Role of Genes and Brain Changes 143

Part III Reconnection. Or, a Different Kind of Antidepressant

14 The Cow 159

15 We Built This City 164

16 Reconnection One: To Other People 179

17 Reconnection Two: Social Prescribing 189

18 Reconnection Three: To Meaningful Work 201

19 Reconnection Four: To Meaningful Values 211

20 Reconnection Five: Sympathetic Joy, and Overcoming Addiction to the Self 218

21 Reconnection Six: Acknowledging and Overcoming Childhood Trauma 241

22 Reconnection Seven: Restoring the Future 245

Conclusion: Homecoming 255

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 269

Index 305

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