Lost Connections by Johann Hari


What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we truly solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari has suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when only a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in social sciences, he began to investigate if 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

Why This Book?

I was drawn to Lost Connections by Johann Hari to try and get a better understanding of my own peri-menopausal anxiety and how I could manage it, but what I found within this book was a lot more. 
Hari’s theory’s and opinions in the past have caused controversy, but what he has to say about the way we live today and how it impacts our mental health, really resonated with me.
If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, bought on by the perimenopause or not, and have been prescribed anti-depressants I urge you to read this book. Or if like me, you are just looking for some answers to make sense of a cognitive condition that just crept up on you, I urge you to read this book. I feel much better because of it. 


Bloomsbury publishing have generously sent me three copies of Lost Connections to give-away on Monday 1st July, so If you’d like to be in a with a chance of winning a copy of this excellent read:-
1. HEAD over to The Merry Menopause book club competition posts on my Instagram profile, Twitter profile and/or Facebook page.
3. FOLLOW The Merry Menopause on Instagram and/or Facebook
2. LIKE either/or both of the posts linked above
3. TAG two friends in the comments section of each post
Giveaway will run from Monday 1st July 2019 at 0730 till Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at midnight (BST). The winners will be picked at random on Thursday 4th July 2019.
Join me live on Instagram on Monday 29th July at 7.30 pm (GMT) to discuss this fascinating read.