Ep 152 Dopamine Nation and Tiny Addictions with Dr Anna Lembke with Dr. Anna Lembke

This week on the podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Anna Lembke, the New York Times bestselling author of “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.” Dr. Lembke has also written about the opioid drug crisis in her book “Drug Dealer, MD,” and appeared as an expert in the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. On this episode, Dr. Lembke and I discuss how our brains are wired for the pursuit of pleasure, how this wiring can get us hijacked in a modern era of abundance, and how everything from romance novels to heroine can be fodder for addictive behavior, even if we don’t think of ourselves as “addicts.” This interview is the last in this month’s series relating to ADHD in honor of ADHD Awareness Month. While Dr. Lembke and I didn’t specifically get into ADHD, dopamine happens to be the primary neurotransmitter involved in the symptoms of ADHD, and Dr. Lembke discusses the use and abuse of stimulants like Adderall in her book. That said, this episode is literally for everyone.

Find Dr. Lembke on her website, https://www.annalembke.com/ and buy her books at any bookseller

Anna Lembke, MD – Dopamine Nation

Dopamine Nation by Dr. Anna Lembke. In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain.

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