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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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a person who has suffered from many decades of depression and endured many years of taking antidepressants I was more than a little hesitant to read this book. But I must admit that it was well written, extensively researched and supported, and certainly eye opening. The science definitely supports what Mr. Hari proposes. I would highly recommend this book.
I am a little more than half way through this book and I find it to be very, very interesting. I suggest anyone who is trying to learn about depression and anxiety read this book. There is so much to think about here and it is well written and compelling.