“Dopamine Fasting: A Neuroscience-Informed Approach to Compulsive Overconsumption in a Digital Age”
A webinar by Anna Lembke, M.D., Stanford University

Presented by the Alan Hu Foundation

Pleasanton, Calif. —February 9, 2024— On Friday, March 8, 2024, Dr. Anna Lembke, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, will present a webinar as part of the Alan Hu Foundation Mental Health Lecture Series. Her lecture is free to the public thanks to a generous grant from Three Valleys Community Foundation.

Dr. Lembke explains, “This is a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, tweeting…the increased numbers, variety and potency are staggering. As such, we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. Yet it is possible to find contentment and connectedness by keeping dopamine in check.” In this talk, Professor Lembke provides a practical, science-informed approach to addressing compulsive overconsumption of everything from food to sex, to video games.

Her latest book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021) was an instant New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages. It combines the neuroscience of addiction with the wisdom of recovery to explore the problem of overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

The free webinar will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, from 12:00 -1:00 pm PT via Zoom. It will include 15 minutes for questions and answers following Dr. Lembke’s presentation. Please RSVP by March 7, 2024, at: https://alanhufoundation.org/ to receive the Zoom meeting link. Participants may join beginning at 11:45 am. The Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities at https://www.mhacc-usa.org will provide simultaneous Chinese interpretation.

The Alan Hu Foundation was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son, Alan. He passed away due to mental disorders in 2018 at the age of 15. Their mission is to promote mental health, raise awareness and remove stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and to support fundamental research for cures.

For further information and to support the Alan Hu Foundation, please visit the website: https://alanhufoundation.org/helping