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For those of us who have experienced depression as a personal crisis, and for all of us who need to recognize it as a public health crisis. Hari is a brilliant investigative journalist (see Chasing the Scream, about addiction) who brings his personal experience, taut and engaging research style, and profound empathy to this widespread but yet hidden malady. The medical and pharmaceutical model of depression is just not supported by the research, and Hari discusses 9 other causes/contexts for understanding depression that are backed by scientific evidence. From the treatment perspective, not much mention of CBT, DBT or mindfulness practice might be a flaw in the book to some. Current practices in psychiatry and psychology are not quite as drug reliant as Hari suggests. But almost. For a book about such a weighty and, yes, depressing topic, it trips along like an adventure story as research findings are tracked down and humane and personable scientists are interviewed. The narration is pleasant, earnest but never harping. Well worth the credit on all counts.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Connections to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version but I'm buying it. I think its great to listen to because you get the connection to the author which given the content matter of this book seems highly relevant!
What did you like best about this story?
I've read numerous books on depression by therapists, psychiatrists, mindfulness experts, religious authors...rather I should say I've read a few chapters or less of numerous books...and none of them helped me much beyond a few flaccid insights or suggestions. I struggled with depression for 15 years and finally found my way out of it by challenging the mountains of crap I'd been fed by the well-intended experts who don't know what they're talking about because they're stuck in outdated paradigms based on bogus science, untested assumptions and capitalism. What I like best about this book is it wasn't written by one of them so I didn't have to listen to the same old same old failed ideas and bankrupt methodologies. This was written by someone who's been through depression and taken a stance to really understand what's going on which requires challenging the conventional solutions and exposing how poorly conceived they are. I take my hat off to Hari for being one of the pioneers in standing up to the misinformation and for bringing us back to what matters most - our connections to each other, nature, a sense of purpose.
What about Johann Hari’s performance did you like?
He goes to the root causes rather than being led by quick solutions. He shows the appropriate level of vulnerability to be credible without making it about him. And he keeps it real. Anyone who's willing to selectively use F bombs and other color get's the double thumbs up from me.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Too many to mention but 2 things that really resonated for me were:
"depression is largely a reaction to the way that we”re living"
"stop asking what’s the matter WITH you to and start asking what matters TO you.
So profound and so wise. Ideas like this have the power to change reality for many people who are needlessly suffering because of ideas that run contrary to this.
Any additional comments?
Stop listening to your doctor and especially stop listening to your psychiatrist until you've read this book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was wary of listening to this book as I am always wary of simplistic “answers” to depression and anxiety. But this was not that. It is a beautifully put together, well researched, considerate and open minded look at anxiety and depression. I found it interesting from an intellectual perspective, enlightening and reassuring from a personal perspective. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
thank you Johann for your diligence in putting together such comprehensible picture of the society surrounding depression and anxiety. this book is something everyone should read regardless of how your feel about your life and mental health. there are so many lessons to be learnt from so many of the beautiful stories within it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I loved it, a great overview of the research and literature investigating depression and anxiety. As someone who has suffered from multiple mental health issues over time this was refreshing to hear. Highly recommend.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Amazing insight to how we can help people with depression. Lots of info about studies done in this area. We need the whole community to help. Thanks Johann for looking into this area with much thought and research.
I couldn't stop listening this this book.
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