Johann Hari (@johannhari101) is a two-time New York Times best-selling author.
His book ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and a non-fiction documentary series.
Johann is one of the most viewed TED speakers of all time, with his talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’ and the animation based on it having been viewed more than 20 million times.
He is the recipient of multiple awards for his writing including “Cultural Commentator of the Year” and “Environmental Commentator of the Year” at the Comment Awards, “Gay Journalist of the Year” at the Stonewall Awards, the Martha Gellhorn Prize for political writing, and twice named “National Newspaper Journalist of the Year” by Amnesty International.
His latest book, and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion is “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions“.
In today’s episode we discuss Johann’s personal history with depression, why it’s sometimes difficult for us to make the connection between our depressed mood and the challenging aspects of our life that may be causing them, how modern junk values can affect our happiness and the small changes you can make in your environment to inoculate yourself from their influence.
We explore why the chemical imbalance theory of depression is too simplistic, why the effectiveness of chemical antidepressants is overstated, why it’s important to re-associate feelings of anxiety and depression with meaning and circumstance, and as a result, why we should expand our definition of anti-depressants to include things like gardening, social media sabbaticals, and even purchasing a cow.
The Lost Connections – The website which accompanies the book
The Lost Connections Depression Quiz – How much do you know about depression?