EP.150 – Dopamine Nation with Dr Anna Lembke, MD
Dr Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries.
She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps and active speaking calender, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.
In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (John Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018).
Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.
Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times Bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overload world.
We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting – the increased numbers, variety and potency is staggering.
The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.
In Dopmaine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain and what to do about it.
Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check.
The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives.
In Podcast Episode 150
Dr Anna Lembke, MD shares:
– a little bit about herself
– how her Author Journey unfolded
– what her new book Dopamine Nation is all about
– what is Dopamine explained
– the neuroscience of addiction
– healthy Dopamine habits vs unhealthy Dopamine habits
– how to overcome addiction
– social media, computer games, drugs, food, gambling, shopping, texting, sexting, gaming, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting, news, food why are we getting so hooked as a nation? and what can we do about it?
– how to find contentment and connectedness to keep dopamine in check
– mindfulness and the benefits of practicing it
– how to find balance
– what her own self-care rituals are
Plus we talk about so much more
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