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"Lost Connections" by Johann Hari

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This book looks to be an interesting read, on depression, anxiety, the DSM diagnostic model, critiques of the "chemical imbalance" theory and the actual (in)effectiveness and even harms of antidepressants.

 

This link is to interview clips on the book's website.  Among the interviewees: Dr. David Healy, Joanna Moncrieff, John Joannides, Prof. Irving Kirsch and Dr. Guy Sapirstein (meta-study re antidepressants as/less effective than placebo) and defenders of SSRIs like Peter Kramer as well.  https://thelostconnections.com/the-interviews/

 

I haven't heard of Hari but he is described as a "best-selling NY Times author."  It will be interesting to see the effect of views familiar to many on SA ripple to this author's presumably quite wide audience.

 

Discovered after I read the book's website that Hari has a bit of a history as a journalist - plagiarism got him fired from a job as a columnist not too long ago, among other issues.  Relevant article from The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/02/johann-hari-interview-drugs-book-independent.

 

 

 

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