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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari


The Real Causes of Depression | Johann Hari

The major TED speaker on addiction, Johann Hari 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 7 new potential paths out of depression and anxiety - ones that are very different to the paths we have been offered before.

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Johann Hari has written for The New York Times & The Los Angeles Times, and is the author of 'Chasing The Scream' and 'Lost Connections'. This is a conversation about the causes and solutions for addiction and depression.
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This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari

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In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world -- as well as some exciting emerging solutions. If you're depressed or anxious, you're not weak and you're not crazy -- you're a human being with unmet needs, Hari says.

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Johann Hari - Lost Connections - Part 1 of 2.
Johann Hari is an award winning journalist, author, and TED Speaker who has written extensively on social, political and cultural issues.

His New York Times bestselling book Chasing The Scream challenges addiction and examines the war on drugs, and

his latest book Lost Connections, has been described as a ‘game changer’ for its groundbreaking thoughts on depression, anxiety and antidepressants.

It has been endorsed by Elton John, Hillary Clinton, Russell Brand and Arianna Huffington.

00:00 Trailer.
03:34 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:30 Brian’s introduction.
06:03 Personal questioning motivated research for Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections.
16:26 Why Johann travels in search of answers rather than undertake scientific research in a laboratory.
21:12 The core of addiction is not wanting to be present in your life because your life is too painful a place to be.
29:58 “It was the heroin that kept me from killing myself.”
41:40 How can the medical health establishment be persuaded to change treatment practices.
44:07 The role of the internet, social media and mobile devises in contributing to social isolation.
1:00:48 Our battle with extrinsic values versus intrinsic values.
1:17:08 Social conditioning can move us in the wrong direction.
1:26:19 A democratic workplace is just one social change that would decrease levels of depression.
1:28:46 The depressed and addicted need opportunity to talk about what they may be suppressing.
1:42:33 We call four walls home, but it is connection to the community around that it makes it feel home.
1:54:34 What Johann does when he becomes aware of negative thoughts coming into his mind.
2:00:25 What it is like to be in the public eye.
2:01:36 The amazing group of people who have endorsed his book.
2:11:37 Johann’s next projects.
2:13:05 The challenging art of journalistic interviewing.
2:17:39 Johann is such an evangelist for America.
2:22:32 What is Johann’s super power?
2:25:46 Daily habit that has changed his game.
2:29:18 What scares Johann.
2:31:33 Best and worst days of his life.
2:34:03 What keeps him awake at night.
2:35:10 Longer term worries.
2:38:14 Phone call to the 20-year old Johann Hari.
2:39:25 Success secrets.
2:39:54 Why he is fundamentally optimistic about a lot of the things he writes about in Lost Connections.
2:44:54 Brian’s summing up.

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Marc Maron

Dr Gabor Mate

Hilary Clinton

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Russell Brand

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What the best science really says about depression | Johann Hari

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For almost the past 100 years, mental health professionals have told us that that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, there's a much more realistic theory that depression happens due to an imbalance happening outside of your cranium. New York Times journalist Johann Hari believes that depression these days stem from societal issues. Johann offers some staggering statistics showing that antidepressants seem to be doing much more harm than good — among them, that one out of every four middle-aged women in the United States is taking a chemical antidepressant in any given year. If we want to get rid of modern-day depression, he says, we have to change society.


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I kept learning intellectually about what causes depression and anxiety.

And that it’s much deeper than the story I’d been told by my doctor—that it’s just a missing chemical in your brain.

But I think it really emotionally fell into place when I went and met an incredible South African psychiatrist called Derek Summerfield. So Derek was in Cambodia when chemical antidepressants were first introduced there. And the Cambodian doctors didn’t know what they were, right? They’d never heard of it. So he explained it to them and they said, “Oh, we don’t need them. We’ve already got antidepressants.”

And Derek said what do you mean?

He thought they were going to talk about some kind of herbal remedy or something.

Instead they told him a story. There was a farmer in their community who one day, a rice farmer, who one day had stood on a landmine and had his leg blown off. And so they gave him an artificial limb and he went back to work in the fields. But it’s apparently very painful to work in water when you’ve got an artificial limb. And I imagine it was quite traumatic—He’s going back to the fields where he was blown up.

And he started crying all day. He didn’t want to get out of bed. Classic depression, right? And so they said to Derek, “Well we gave him an antidepressant.” Derek said what did you do? They explained that they sat with him, they listened to his problems, they realized that his pain made sense. He was depressed for perfectly good reasons. They figured if we bought him a cow he could become a dairy farmer then he wouldn’t be so depressed. They bought him a cow. Within a few weeks his crying stopped, he felt fine.

They said to Derek, “You see, Doctor, that cow was an antidepressant.” Now if you’ve been raised to think about depression the way that we’ve been indoctrinated to, that it’s just the result of – there are real biological factors but it’s just the result of a chemical imbalance in your brain—that sounds like a joke, a bad joke. They gave the guy a cow as an antidepressant and he stopped being depressed?

But what those Cambodian doctors knew intuitively is what the World Health Organization has been trying to tell us for years. Depression is a response to things going wrong deep in our lives and our environments. Our pain makes sense.

As the World Health Organization put it, mental health is produced socially. It’s a social indicator. It requires social as well as individual solutions. It requires social change, right?

Now that is a very different way of thinking about depression and anxiety but it happens to fit with the best scientific evidence.

And it really required me to reassess how I’d felt about my own pain and how I tried to deal it unsuccessfully and open up a whole different way of responding to my depression and anxiety that worked for me.

And I think as the World Health Organization says and the UN says, if we talk less about chemical imbalances and more about power imbalances we will get more at the heart of depression and anxiety and we’ll find better solutions.

This was a—this was such a personal and difficult journey for me. There were these two mysteries that were really kind of haunting me, and it’s a sign of how afraid I was to look into them. I wanted to start doing this seven years ago and I figured it would actually be easier to do a book that required me to go and spend time with the hitmen for the Mexican drug cartels instead, which I then did.

And the first was: why was I still depressed? I’d gone to my doctor when I was a teenager and I’d explained I had this feeling like pain was kind of leaking out of me. I didn’t understand it. I couldn’t regulate it. I was very afraid of it. I was very ashamed of it.

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#JohannHari is an English writer and journalist who spent three years researching the war on drugs and subsequently wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Chasing the Scream. In this book Hari questions what we know about addiction and the ways in which we treat addiction. He based his very popular TED talk, Everything you think you know about #addiction is wrong on some of the findings in his book.
Today we want to share three truths Johann Hari made in his research on drugs because like Johann we also believe it is crucial that we start seeing addiction through a different lens.
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Johann Hari, "Lost Connections" (w/ Andrew Sullivan)

Johann Hari discusses his book, Lost Connections with Andrew Sullivan on 1/31/18.

Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, changed the terms of the debate about addiction with his influential TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong.” In his second book he uses his own experience with depression and anti-depressant medication as the starting point for a critique of current chemical-imbalance theories of mental illness. Asking if the growing levels of depression could be related to the conditions we live in, Hari talked to social scientists as well as psychologists. Finding a link between depression and external factors such as loneliness, work-based dissatisfaction, and other discontents of consumer culture, he reports from around the world on unconventional treatments—community volunteer projects instead of pills, non-hierarchical workplaces—that improve mental health by fostering a sense of empowerment.

Hari is in conversation with Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, and the author or editor of six books.

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Kurzgesagt and Johann Hari Get It Wrong: Addiction

This video is a response to the video by In A Nutshell (formerly known as Kurzgesagt) and Johann Hari on Addiction, “Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong”. Here's that video-

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Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong: An Insider's Look

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong: An Insider's Look

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In today's video I give you my exclusive take on Johann Hari's Ted Talk Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong. I take a deep dive into Johann Hari's perspective while also offering my own take on some of the most controversial statements in the Ted Talk. I believe I give a unique perspective on this particular Ted Talk because I have experienced addiction as an addict, while also experiencing it as a Professional in the Addiction Treatment world. So please pay close attention to some of my opinions and thoughts because I believe they are extremely valuable from an ex addict himself.

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Johann Hari @ 5x15 - The Killing of Billie Holiday & How Addicts Can Be Heroes

Johann Hari is a British journalist who has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and The Nation amongst others. He was a columnist on the Independent for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has also been named Cultural Commentator of the Year by the Editorial Intelligence awards and Gay Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. Chasing the Scream: the first and last days of the War on Drugs is Johann Hari’s first book.

He has spent three years researching and writing the book, travelling to 9 countries and interviewing countless people whose lives have been transformed by the war on drugs. It is 100 years since drugs were made illegal and Hari’s book will challenge and change how you think about the most controversial question of our time. The Guardian called it a ‘powerful contribution to an urgent debate’ and The Times said it is ‘Thoughtful, thorough and questing, and full of fresh and genuine reportage about aspects of the drug economy.

In this talk, Hari tells the stories of two drug addicts, in the hope that we rethink our attitudes towards drug users, as well as our own ability to make a difference. The first is of African American singer, Billie Holiday, who was led down the road of drug use after a life enduring racism, sexual abuse and incarceration. Billie fell ill and died in her forties, after being turned away by many hospitals who refused to treat her because of her addiction. However, the song she sang defiantly throughout her life has helped many feel empowered over the decades since.

The second story takes us forty years after Billie's death, where homeless street addict, Budd Osbourne made a huge impact on the lives of the underprivileged in Vancouver. Budd gathered other addicts in his area, where they attended meetings and pressured the Mayor of Vancouver, Phillip Owen, in the hope of giving people a safer and better life. Using their voice, these drug users were able to help introduce safe injecting rooms into the community, and saw overdose rates fall 80%. With this, Johann Hari tells us to rethink our powerlessness, and shows that whatever our situation may be, we can use our voice to make change for the better.

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What really causes addiction? Johann Hari explains at the 92nd Street Y

'Chasing the Scream' is the New York Times best-seller praised by everyone from Glenn Greenwald to Elton John to Russell Brand to Naomi Klein. It tells the hidden story of the war on drugs, what really causes addiction - and how to move beyond both. Go to to find out more.

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