The Real Cause of Depression – Johann Hari

Johann Eduard Hari is a Swiss-British writer and journalist. Hari has written for publications including The Independent and The Huffington Post and has written books on the topics of depression, the war on drugs, and the monarchy.  Johann suggests that depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains but by crucial changes in the way we are living. For Johann, this opens up new potential paths out of depression and anxiety – ones that are very different to the paths we have been offered before.

After 13 years of taking pills for his depression and not getting any better, Johann did research over the next few years and found the solution for it – and a simple one, being part of a community.

Our culture is being less and less good at meeting our psychological needs, even though we have been getting better at meeting our physical needs – i.e.

A study by Gallup shows that 87% of people are disengaged at work.

Depression is periods of hopelessness spreading even further.

The more you think life is about extrinsic values, that it is about money, status etc the more you get anxious.

Living extrinsically does NOT meet your needs.

Instead, being connected like you are part of having meaningful relationships meets your needs.

Our whole culture is getting us to forget and ignore intrinsic values, and to live on junk values.

Childhood Trauma can play a big part in some of this anxiety – A study by Vincent Filiti

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic

What we’ve done with Depression, is to be told we are broken.

We should have been saying your pain makes sense, lets listen to that pain. 

You’re not a machine with broken parts. You’re a human being with unmet needs. 



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