This book review is better than the book itself!
In Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari takes a stand against the idea of biological causation of depression and anxiety. I expected going in that this book would annoy me, but at times it was just plain ridiculousness.
To start off, let me tell you the perspective I’m coming from. I support a biopsychosocial model that recognizes mental illness as complex and often multifactorial. Every individual’s illness stems from a unique combination of factors, and for a treatment plan to work best it needs to effectively target whatever contributing factors can be identified. Sometimes that’s meds, sometimes that’s psychotherapy, and more often than not it’s a combination of multiple different strategies. Meds aren’t a miracle cure but can get you well enough to do whatever it is you need to do to find true wellness. Ok, now that we’ve got…
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