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Book Review: Lost Connections

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With COVID-19 leaving many people homebound, what better time to reflect on existential questions such as one’s life direction? Johann Hari’s Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope begins by exposing the shortcomings of a solely medical model of depression that has gone largely unchecked for decades in the West thanks to Big Pharma’s pernicious influence on Psychiatry, before moving on to look at several fundamental ways in which modern humans have become disconnected from themselves, each other and their environment down a trajectory of increasingly-wretched atomisation. Hari acknowledges that there’re no surefire set solutions, but he points to some likely fruitful directions of travel for those wishing to rediscover their humanity.