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The Real Causes Of Depression

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The journalist Johann Hari traveled around the world to find out why people are so depressed these days. He found evidence for nine causes of depression and anxiety, and he says he has some ideas for fixing them.

At a young age, the journalist Johann Hari was diagnosed with depression. Doctors said there was a chemical imbalance in his brain that drugs could fix. As an adult, he began to wonder if it wasn’t his brain that was off kilter. What if it had more to do with the way we live? So he traveled around the world, investigating these questions, and he found evidence for nine causes of depression and anxiety. Two of them are biological, but the others are cultural, and Hari has some ideas for fixing them.

Johann Hari's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Politico, among many others. His TED Talk "Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong" has been viewed more than 10 million times. His new book is Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes ofand the Unexpected Solutions [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.