Why Depression Is Rampant in our Times

When British journalist Johann Hari was 18 years old, he became so depressed he went to his family physician for treatment to end his despair.  Hari’s new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions" (Bloomsbury) zeroes in the social change that is needed to restore better relationships on the job, in families and in the neighborhoods we call home. The book is part memoir, part investigative report and part expose of the ways consumers have been hoodwinked into relying on medication to relieve emotional distress.

Hari spoke to AlterNet contributor Eleanor J. Bader via Skype in late January, several days after "Lost Connections" was released. Read the interview in AlterNet.