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Dopamine Nation

Dr. Anna Lembke

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Psychiatrist and author Dr. Anna Lembke explores humans' relentless pursuit of pleasure, the inevitability of pain, and the best ways through which we can reach a healthy balance between both.


Dopamine Nation

Dopamine Nation

by Dr. Anna Lembke


Humans have turned their environment into a playground for mass consumption — the food we eat, the video games we play, and the online platforms we scroll through. But how is this excess of stimuli affecting our minds?

Dr. Anna Lembke is a psychiatrist and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. In this book, Lembke digs into the ways in which our modern environment disrupts the chemical balance in our brains, leading many to various forms of addiction.

We all have a 'drug' of choice, whether it's alcohol and cigarettes, or social media and online shopping. With solid research and real-life case studies of the author's patients, Dopamine Nation offers practical solutions for finding an equilibrium in a shaky world.

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Human beings, the ultimate seekers, have responded too well to the challenge of pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. As a result, we've transformed the world from a place of scarcity to a place of overwhelming abundance.

- Dr. Anna Lembke

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