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Our pain makes sense: Depression, anxiety and the social crisis of disconnection.


We've told depressed and anxious people that their pain is a pathology, that there's something broken in you and that's why you feel that way. But one of the things I learned, was actually our pain makes sense, the causes of depression and anxiety - they all make perfect sense! People are distressed for perfectly good reasons - we're living in a culture that doesn't meet our basic human needs.

Writer Johann Hari examines the social roots of depression and anxiety today - from powerlessness and precarity at work, to increasing loneliness and isolation in our social lives - and calls for a new understanding of the connections we've lost, within ourselves and between each other, to build a healthier, happier future for everyone.

Johann is author of the book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions from Bloomsbury.

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Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a journalist and author.


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