Anna Lembke is a psychiatrist, author and expert in addiction. Her most recent book, Dopamine Nation, explores xplores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain.
Dr. Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She studies not only how humans become reliant on drugs and alcohol, but also addictions to all kinds of other things, including food, sex, gambling, smartphones, social media, video games and medication.
Anna was one of the first people in the medical community to speak out about the opioid epidemic in the USA, which she tackled in her book, Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.
Anna's latest book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, looks at the role that the hormone dopamine plays in addiction and how we can moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.