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review 2018-04-09 22:00
Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions - Johann Hari

Depression and anxiety are at record highs. We’ve never been more medicated than we are right now. I mean, antidepressants are so prevalent that they can’t even be filtered out of the water! Lost Connections investigates this and took me by complete surprise. I really wasn’t expecting it to have such an effect on me.


I’ve had depression and anxiety for a long time and recently started to look into it a bit more deeply than I previously had. I don’t know where I heard about the book. I’ve been trying and trying to remember, but I have no idea. Regardless, I went into it with low expectations, but pretty soon my mind was blown. 


The author has suffered from depression since he was a teenager and was told, as most were, that it was just his brain, a chemical imbalance. For years he just accepted this and took antidepressants, but later in life decided to investigate it and embarked on a journey around the globe, interviewing scientists, the Amish community and many more.


Right from the first chapter I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It’s crazy how we’ve been duped for so long. For example, one of the first things that Johann discovered is that there’s actually no evidence to suggest that a lack of serotonin makes people depressed. I couldn’t believe this at first, but he went on to discuss the origins of this myth and how it’s been adopted into the mainstream. All his findings are backed up, so you can check for yourself the validity of his claims. Essentially Johann believes that the reason we’re all so depressed and anxious isn’t because of a biological cause, but the way we live. We’re not supposed to live this way. We’ve evolved to do best as part of a pack and this isolation is making us sick.


The book is split into three sections. The first is all to do with debunking the story that we’ve all been fed for years. The second is about disconnection and nine different causes of depression and anxiety, such as growing inequality, powerlessness in the work or our personal lives. The third section is about how we might remedy this and gives seven different natural methods of reconnection.


Because I haven’t been well I wasn’t able to review this right after I read it and I’m still having some cognitive problems, so my memories are a bit fuzzy. All I’ll say is it’s an eye-opening book that I recommend to anyone who suffers from anxiety/depression.

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text 2018-03-12 18:34
Reading progress update: I've read 215 out of 215 pages.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions - Johann Hari

Deep grief and depression have identical symptoms for a reason. Depression, I realised, is itself a form of grief-for all the connections we need, but don't have.


Elton John wasn't wrong when he commented (on the cover) that this book would change your life. It's helped me realise so much that I never acknowledged before. I would hazard a guess and say it'll be hard to find a non-fiction book that'll top this. 



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text 2018-03-06 10:14
Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 449 pages.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions - Johann Hari

We have ended up with a grossly oversimplified picture of depression that he said doesn't look at social factors..But at a deeper level, it doesn't look at basic human processes.One reason why is that it is much more challenging to say that so many people are feeling terrible because of how our societies now work. It fits much more with our system of neoliberal capitalism to say, okay, we'll get you functioning more efficiently, but please don't start questioning...because that's going to destabilize all sorts of things.


Whether you have depression or not, I highly recommend reading this book. Everyone needs to widen their perspectives, it's how we grow as individuals. This book will help you do that.

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text 2018-03-03 22:37
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 449 pages.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions - Johann Hari

This is a fantastic book about the real causes of depression, such as our lack of connections and drive for materialism, which is at odds with what we actually need as human beings. For years we've been fed the unsubstantiated theory that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. This logic is flimsy at best. If you suffer from depression I'd advise you to read this book. Check out this quote, it actually made me feel physically ill:


By the time an average child is thirty-six months old, she already knows a hundred brand logos.



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text 2017-07-26 13:05
Blog Tour: Feeble Connections by Meghana Sarathy with Excerpt and Giveaway



Today’s stop is for Meghana Sarathy’s Feeble Connections . We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 



A charming Casanova- Brandon A beautiful, sassy woman in search of true love- Jennifer A cocky basketball player- Linden Three lives, two best friends and one unique love story.   Feeble Connection spins the tale of two friends- Jennifer and Brandon, who meet in college. They were opposite on many grounds and yet perfect for one another. More so as best friends. The love that blossomed in their hearts never made it to their lips. It was Jennifer's lost hope or perhaps Brandon's ignorance to understand his own feelings that made him pave the way for Jennifer to meet Linden . He was very different from Brandon and yet he managed to steal her heart.  

Can first love be truly forgotten? Is second love truly that strong? Is it even possible to love two people at same time?  

Feeble Connections mark the beginning of The Love Connection Series. The series can be started with this book. Love Connection and Love Reconnection which follow this book are already published and available for purchase.   *NOT a menage.

*Due to sexual content and profanity, recommended for readers 18 +






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“Gem,” I call but not too loud and knock her window glass again. Coming here was a hard ascent. Though it’s not too high, climbing pipes was never my forte and this was the first time I tried it. Currently I am on her window aisle, shivering in the cold , waiting for her to open the damn window. I can squeeze in easily once she opens it. “Gem,” I call again. I finally here scrambling footsteps approaching the window sil. “Brandon?” she calls out, sliding the window open. “Hey,” I wave and she stumbles back letting out a chuckle. “It’s really you. I thought I was dreaming!” “Nice to hear I visit your dream as well,” I wink and her cheeks turn red. I am always rewarded with her blush when I catch her unguarded like this. She crosses her arms across her chest and puffs. I can’t help but notice her chest rising higher, together with her boobs. The grey satin night gown she is donning is a treat to my eyes. It reaches just up to her mid-thighs with the netted-coat draping on either sides, but it still gives a good view of her long naked legs that I had missed out in her party gown. “What do I actually do in these dreams of yours?” I ask, propping my elbows on the window sill. “I am sure you will be more than happy to do the same if I let you in,” She tells boldly, leaning forward. So I suppose I was right in guessing she has dirty dreams about me. I am one lucky guy. “That’s exactly what I had in mind. I will take you up on your offer. Demonstration is more gratifying, right?” She looks at me mortified, but steps away to let me enter. I hop into her room and inhale the scent which smells solely and exclusively of Gem. “Sorry, but unfortunately I don’t keep condoms in my room. I hope you have come prepared,” she tells with her back to me. She has got to be fucking kidding me. When Gem resorts to flirting there is no stopping her. “I don’t mind fathering your kids. In fact it would be my pleasure, especially if they go after you in looks and brains. I would be a proud dad.” Do I mean it? I do, I think. That family picture looks perfect. She gasps and turns to me with wide eyes. I am not sure if she is shocked or amazed. Her mouth tics up and I get my answer. She is definitely happy. “I would want them to have your hair. I love the color.” Gem always has a problem with her hair color. She has dark brown hair which complements her skin tone, but she wanted a lighter color. But I am against her dying it. I rub my chin in speculation. “If you say so…but I do like your hair.” “And hazel eyes,” she continues stepping forward. “Your eyes are so beautiful.” “No,” I argue. “Your eyes are enchanting. Definitely emerald green.” “Hazel,” she steps closer. “No. Green,” I refute, covering the gap. When she is just an inch away she mutters, “Let’s just have twins. One with green eyes and blone hair and the other with hazel eyes and brown hair. Perfect combination of both?” “Awesome idea.” I clasp both her hands. “For that to happen, don’t you suppose we should get down to some action?” She looks deep into my eyes, her face basking in the glow of the two bedside lamps. “You are not serious,” she says softly. “You want me to be?” I ask, pushing her back towards her bed. Uncertainty flickers in her eyes before she slowly shakes her head. “No.” If she had said yes, I would have definitely taken her up on her offer this time and would not even hold back. Her answer is a sad no and I should just suck it. “What are you doing here, again?” All I see in her eyes is twirling confusion. She wants me, but she doesn’t want to want me. Maybe she is annoyed at herself for wanting this. Either way, it’s funny. “Well, the night is not over yet. And I want to make the best of the hours left.” “How do you plan on doing that?” Now she wants me to want what she wants but can’t admit to. “By sleeping with you,” I whisper huskily in her ears. Her throat bobs and her lips part. “Show me how.” Smart girl. She is leaving the choice to me. I hop onto her bed and settle comfortably on her bedspread. I stretch my arm on her pillow and raise my brows at her. “My hand will be your pillow for the night. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss it.” Her face glows with pure happiness this time and she follows suit, and lands on her back with her head on my arms and her body curved towards mine. “This is a good idea.” She bites her plump lips. “What brought this on?” “I should have done this the last time I had got such a chance. But I fucked up, and now I want to correct my fault.” “You are doing it just for me?” Her doubt lingers in her tone. “It’s never just for you, Gem. It’s as much for me as its for you. I need this. I need the proximity. I need you.” “Me too.” Her hands rest on my chest while my other arm curves around her waist. “If dad finds out he will kick us out of the house.” “I will leave by then,” I assure. “Will use the same route.” She chuckles but doesn’t object. “There is one slight problem, though.” “What?” she jerks her head up and looks down on me. “You will wake up to my boner. You can’t complain about it.” She snorts and falls back on my arm. “I would be disappointed if you didn’t have one. I would think that I am losing my effect on you.” That’s my Girl. Always frank. My Girl. I love the sound of that. Will make her mine…One fine day.








Meghana V writes with the pen name Sagarika. She is from Bangalore, India. She is an avid reader. She mainly reads Adult and New Adult romance as well as dark and psychological thrillers. She plans on writing mainly for these Genres. She spends most of her free time reading, writing or watching anime. Depending on her mood, she tends to write two to three books at a time. She is a crazy fan of Dragonball Z and can be seen watching the episodes in repeat. Vegeta is her all time favourite character.




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