Regarding the book ‘Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions’ by Johann Hari
I saw Hari interviewed on television about his book (his website about the book).
He states in his estimation one reason for the high numbers of depression in the United States, and perhaps elsewhere, is that people are lonely. They do not have as many social connections now as they did in the past.
He questions how effective anti-depressant medications are. (I was prescribed anti-depressant medications myself for many years from the several psychiatrists that I saw for depression, and they did not help my depression. Neither did the medications I was prescribed for anxiety cure me of anxiety. However, I don’t discourage other people from trying medications.)
Here are links about his book about this subject:
Is everything you think you know about depression wrong? by Johann Hari
In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach
Part personal odyssey and part investigation, this rigorous if flawed study finds fault with contemporary treatment of depression and anxiety
[Hari, the author, experienced depression when younger. When he sought out medical help, the doctor gave him anti-depressant medication]
… It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he thought of all the questions the doctor didn’t ask, such as: what was his life like?
What was making him sad? What changes could be made to make life more tolerable?