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Mid-Peninsula District Meeting
Presenter: Stephanie Brown, PhD
Society has lost control in a downward spiral of a new addiction to a faster pace of life, expressed most clearly through compulsive attachment to technology. From our need to be constantly connected and the changing definition of “work hours,” to a demand for instant gratification and the worship of impulse, we are being harmed by our non-stop pursuit of progress and success and our denial of human limits.
Many of the problems clinicians see today are linked to, and/or caused by, the chronic fast pace of life that has become an addiction for individuals and society. It is essential for clinicians to recognize that stress disorders of all kinds, anxiety and depression, process addictions such as overeating and overspending, and addictions to alcohol and all other drugs may today be the consequence of living in a chronically pressured, fast society.
What is the impact of this societal loss of control on our clinical work? We will combine theory and clinical examples to explain why all clinicians need to understand active addiction and the process of recovery.