Having lost my job earlier this year due to the country entering lockdown as a result of the to the Covid-19 pandemic (a disappointingly familiar story for too many) as a result I found myself with much more free time on my hands. After what felt like completing Netflix, I rediscovered the simple joy of reading.
At the start of the year, I was scrolling aimlessly through Instagram and discovered a TEDtalk which was causing quite a stir on social media (see below). Now having watched Johann Hari discuss what could be considered as radical approaches to depression and anxiety in the video, all I could think was... this makes sense. I researched Hari and ordered his book Lost Connections and you should too!
Johann Hari's book, Lost Connections quite simply changed my life. The novel comes highly recommended by the likes of Russell Brand, Elton John, Hilary Clinton and Davina McCall to name just a few. This book, like no other I have read, looks into what would be considered by most as 'alternative' causes of depression and anxiety and makes us question whether these approaches and ideas are really alternative at all.
Hari, supported by a wealth of evidence from various doctors and experts in the industry, encourages us to think outside the box and look at the bigger picture and in turn approaches the topics of depression and anxiety in a way that we can all relate to.
In one section of the book, Hari writes how 'your pain makes sense' and this along with many other light-bulb moments from the novel, changed the way I think about my depression.
Without giving too much away I really do stand by the fact that this book changed my path in my journey with mental health. This book helped me rediscover things I had lost as a result of my illness, including reading, dancing, writing and performing music and helped me turn a corner in gaining a greater understanding of why I felt as I did and steps to take to improve my mental health.
I recommend this book to everyone I know (and have bought about 10 copies and sent them across the country to my best friends!) and would advise it to be considered essential reading for all, not just those suffering from depression and anxiety. So watch the Tedtalk, grab a copy of Lost Connections and spread the word.