Dopamine Nation – The New Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain, and Balance | How To Academy


Thu, 18 January 2024

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Dopamine Nation – The New Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain, and Balance

Stanford Professor Dr Anna Lembke In Conversation With Kirkland Newman

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Relating complex neuroscience to our lived experience, Stanford Prof. Dr Anna Lembke will help us make sense of our dopamine-overloaded world and guide us towards a wiser, more balanced life.

Why does the pursuit of fleeting pleasure lead to pain… and what can we do about it?

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 smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. We’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.

Dr Anna Lembke is here to help. Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, and an internationally renowned expert in addiction medicine treatment and education, she joins us to share the secret of finding balance in our age of indulgence.

Presented in partnership with MindHealth360, this livestream conversation between Dr Lembke and MindHealth founder Kirkland Newman will explore both the neuroscience of pleasure and pain and real human stories of suffering and redemption, giving us the tools we need to manage our consumption and transform our lives.

This event is presented in partnership with MindHealth360, a free, global resource for integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry that revolutionises the way mental health is approached in the mainstream.

This online event is free for members of How To Plus.

Praise for Anna Lembke’s Dopamine Nation:

Lembke has written a book that radically changes the way we think about mental illness, pleasure, pain, reward, and stress. Turn toward it. You’ll be happy you did. ― Daniel Levitin, New York Times bestselling author of The Organized Mind and Successful Aging

No matter what you might find yourself over-indulging in-from the internet to food to work to sex-you’ll find this book riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued. Lembke weaves patient stories with research, in a voice that’s as empathetic as it is clear-eyed. ― Beth Macy, author of Washington Post Best Book of the Year, New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and bestseller Dopesick

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Anna Lembke

Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford

Anna Lembke, MD is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she is the author of more than a hundred peer-reviewed publications, has testified before the United States House of Representatives and Senate, has served as an expert witness in federal and state opioid litigation, and is an internationally recognized leader in addiction medicine treatment and education. She is the author of Drug Dealer, MD – one of the New York Times top five books to read to understand the opoid epidemic – and the New York Times bestseller Dopamine Nation.

Kirkland Newman

Founder and Editor of MindHealth360

Kirkland Newman is an Anglo-American journalist and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Editor of MindHealth360, a free, global resource for integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry, the Host of The MindHealth360 Show, and the Executive Director of IMMH, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health.

She created MindHealth360 after her own postpartum depression to address the epidemic of mental health issues and the lack of sustainable, root-cause based solutions for mental health in mainstream medicine. She launched the MindHealth360 Show in 2020 to give a voice to the top practitioners of integrative mental health from around the world. In 2023, she took over the leading integrative mental health conference in the US, IMMH, to educate mental health practitioners about the latest scientific research and best clinical practice in integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry.