Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - RSA

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression

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Great Room Auditorium, RSA House

  • Behaviour change
  • Mental health
  • Health & wellbeing

What if everything we think we know about depression and anxiety is wrong?

One in four people in Britain is suffering from depression or anxiety in any given year – but have we been taught correctly about its causes? Bestselling author Johann Hari’s new book is radically changing what we have been told on the subject.

Hailed by Elton John, Emma Thompson, Russell Brand, Arianna Huffington, Alistair Campbell, Davina McCall and many more, Hari uses his social science training to investigate the causes of depression and anxiety – and discovers the cutting edge science that reveals the lack of evidence for the spontaneous chemical imbalance in our brains theory.

He discovered that, in reality, depression and anxiety are caused largely by crucial changes in the way we are living. Using vivid human stories and the best social science, he explains the evidence for seven crucial changes that are making us depressed and anxious, along with two biological causes that interact with them.


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