Recently, there has been one major health issue dominating the mainstream media: antidepressants. More specifically, do they actually work?
The global debate on this issue was kick-started earlier this year, when British author Johann Hari published his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.
Hari used antidepressants for 13 years, starting when he was a teenager, and the new book is his attempt to answer some of the questions that had plagued him for years.
In particular, what causes depression? And, why did antidepressants not cure my depression?
Lost Connections was launched to a fanfare of endorsements from celebrities, including musicians Elton John and Brian Eno, political activist Naomi Klein, and even Hillary Clinton. It posed a radical question: “Is everything we know about depression wrong?” It suggested radical solutions.
For these reasons, the work immediately sparked controversy.