From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety. Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told - like his entire generation - that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate this question - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari discovered social scientists who were uncovering their real causes - and they are mostly not in our brains, but in the way we live today. Hari´s journey took him from a life-threatening experience in Vietnam, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin - all showing in vivid and dramatic detail these new insights. They lead to radically different solutions to the ones we have been offered up to now. Just as Chasing The Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, The Lost Connections will lead us to a very different debate about depression and anxiety - one that shows how, together, we can end this epidemic.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety
If you have ever been down, or felt lost, this amazing book will change your life. Do yourself a favour - read it now * Elton John * Wise, probing and deeply generous Hari has produced a book packed with explosive revelations about our epidemic of deipair ... I am utterly convinced that the more people read this book, the better off the world will be * Naomi Klein * A brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health * Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time * This book is a game changer * Davina McCall * Extraordinary ... A highly personal book, written with humility, humour and candour, it nonetheless heralds a crucial new discussion about our mental health - and health of the world we've created for ourselves ... I honestly couldn't put it down. What a stunning piece of work * Brian Eno * As with his book on drugs, Johann Hari has delivered a remarkable tour de force on a difficult, complex and controversial subject and made the reader think anew * Alastair Campbell * An exquisitely lucid treatise on why no person is, has been or ever should be an island. This book is the most exciting thing I've read this year. From slightly seedy to suicidal - however you are feeling - read this book and it will honestly help you to understand which roads we must walk if we want to see true, lasting change * Emma Thompson * This is an astonishing book, that transforms our understanding of one of the crucial issues of our times. Johann Hari asks the big questions and provides the big answers - answers that have been neglected for far too long. You cannot fully understand this great curse of our age until you have read it * George Monbiot * Johann Hari has written a book that could actually make us happy. It is very important everyone read this book and do what he says as quickly as possible * Simon Amstell * A vital, compelling and eye-opening examination of the myths we have been taught to believe about depression and anxiety ... Hari again proves that he is one of the world's most important and most enlightening thinkers and social critics * Glenn Greenwald * A beautiful book from the person that brilliantly once said "the opposite of addiction is connection" and who now explores and offers some solutions to our disconnection * Jemima Khan * This is a bold and inspiring book that will help far more than just those who suffer from depression. As Hari shows, we all have within us the potential to live in ways that are healthier and wiser * Ariana Huffington * This is an extraordinary, elegant exploration of a timely problem. It is written with wit and elan and provides a devastating analysis of our society that is both shocking and profound * Dr Max Pemberton of the Daily Mail *