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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
Autor: Johann Hari
Sprecher: Johann Hari
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 20 Min.
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

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.

©2018 Johann Hari (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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An interesting book, but don't take it as gospel

This book is very interesting, but if you take away only one thing from this review, it should be that you should not trust the book unconditionally.

Hari delves into the sources and therapies for depression. The book gives an overview of the research into depression and potential therapies and medication. It is very critical of chemical antidepressants, favoring a more human-centric approach to therapy.

I found the book very interesting, but I have also read articles from a few people who take issue with the way the book portrays several aspects of depression. In a nutshell, everyone seems to agree that depression cannot be solved by chemical anti-depressants alone - where opinions differ is how much of a role they have, if at all. Hari is in the camp of "very few people, in very specific circumstances, benefit from chemical solutions, we need to do things radically differently." Others disagree. In any case, if you are currently taking antidepressants, do not abandon your medication without talking to your doctor! It will do more harm than good.

The critical voices (see, for example, the two Guardian articles by Dean Burnett) also take issue with the way Hari implies that the human-centric view of therapy is a fringe opinion in psychology - in fact, it is appearantly taught in classes alongside the chemical approach. Hari also appears to have gotten some basic facts on statistics and heritage wrong.

I'm going to go with four stars, deducting one star for the appearant factual mistakes and sometimes provably overblown claims. My conclusion would be: Read this book, but read it critically, and also read the dissent others have published, to get a (hopefully) more balanced view. I personally think that the book still has a contribution to make, as it gives a good introduction into some aspects of the current state of research. I am by no means an expert on the topic area, so I cannot say how much of the book is scientific consensus, and how much is not generally accepted or even generally rejected.

A last note: Do not use this book as an alternative to professional therapy. If you are already in therapy, discuss the topics with your therapist, but do not act on your own based solely on this book. Your therapist almost certainly knows more than Johann Hari about depression - listen to them (and if they argue for a purely chemical approach, try a different therapist if you disagree, but do not abandon therapy alltogether). Too much can go wrong if you try self-help without guidance during a serious depression.

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Seriös - trotz reißerischen Untertitels

Meine Erfahrungen nach mehr als 15 Jahren erfolgloser medizinischer Intensivbehandlung stimmen mit vielen Schlussfolgerungen des Autors überein.
Johann Hari schreibt mit großherzigem Mitgefühl und dem Eifer eines Bestwilligen, manchmal wohl auch etwas schwärmerisch, und doch mit einer analytischen Klugheit, die ich mir immer neben dem Mitgefühl und dem Eifer von den Experten gewünscht habe.
Kurz: Es ist das wissenschaftlich Objektivste (so weit gehe ich) und Menschlichste, was ich bisher über Depressionen gelesen und gehört habe.
Danke Johann Hari - dieses Buch hat etwas Erlösendes.

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A great listen

Surprisingly not (too) repetitive given the length of the book. Lots of informative stories and some solid research, definitely worth the time to listen.

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  • 15.11.2018

Fantastic book

Thanks, Johann, for this wonderfully researched and narrated book. It was a completely new view on depression.

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sehr aufschlussreiches Buch

Sehr aufschlussreiches Buch, auch für jemanden wie mich, der nicht an Depression leidet. Obwohl ich ein glücklicher Mensch bin, werde ich Techniken in diesem Buch anwenden, um noch glücklicher zu werden.