’This may be useful for people with mild depression or anxiety who are seeking ways to reduce these symptoms without medication.’
Title: Lost Connections
Author: Johann Hari
Book Review: Kate Jack
What was it like?
Lost Connections is a celebrity endorsed self-help book. The author challenges the medical model of depression that low levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters have a causative role in depression and anxiety, presenting the view that antidepressant medications work simply via the placebo effect. This book states that depression and anxiety are messages that something has gone wrong with the way the person is living their life.
What were the highlights?
This book pays attention to the social determinants of health. Nine causes of depression and anxiety which are rooted in “disconnection” from e.g. other people or the natural world are discussed at length.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Part three offers an alternative to antidepressants by suggesting ways on how to reconnect to the domains that may have been lost. Various experts and “evidence” are quoted to support this view of treatment for depression but as perhaps unsurprising from a book, which dismisses evidence based medicine, the evidence to support the author’s viewpoints and claims is predictably thin. The author and experts cited reject the notion of evidence based medicine and claim this notion is driven by the pharmaceutical industries who seek only to make profits.
Who should read it?
This may be useful for people with mild depression or anxiety who are seeking ways to reduce these symptoms without medication.
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