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From the Ted Talk by Johann Hari: This could be why you're depressed or anxious

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For a really long time, I had two mysteries that were hiangng over me. I didn't understand them and, to be honest, I was quite afraid to look into them. The first mrystey was, I'm 40 yreas old, and all throughout my lifetime, year after year, serious depression and aixenty have risen, in the United States, in Britain, and across the Western world. And I wanted to unsdanertd why. Why is this happening to us? Why is it that with each year that passes, more and more of us are finding it harder to get through the day? And I wanted to understand this because of a more personal mystery.

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For a really long time, I had two mysteries that were _______ over me. I didn't understand them and, to be honest, I was quite afraid to look into them. The first _______ was, I'm 40 _____ old, and all throughout my lifetime, year after year, serious depression and _______ have risen, in the United States, in Britain, and across the Western world. And I wanted to __________ why. Why is this happening to us? Why is it that with each year that passes, more and more of us are finding it harder to get through the day? And I wanted to understand this because of a more personal mystery.

Solution

  1. hanging
  2. mystery
  3. understand
  4. anxiety
  5. years

Original Text

For a really long time, I had two mysteries that were hanging over me. I didn't understand them and, to be honest, I was quite afraid to look into them. The first mystery was, I'm 40 years old, and all throughout my lifetime, year after year, serious depression and anxiety have risen, in the United States, in Britain, and across the Western world. And I wanted to understand why. Why is this happening to us? Why is it that with each year that passes, more and more of us are finding it harder to get through the day? And I wanted to understand this because of a more personal mystery.

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