What Does Our Species Require for a Healthy Life? And Can We Achieve This with Drugs?

Friday, May 21

6:00-7:30pm GMT, 1:00-2:30pm EST, 10:00-11:30am PST

Note: There will not be a CE provided for this webinar.

In this webinar, Peter Sterling, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania will be discussing:

• The adaptive response to trauma and why that can lead to poor “health”
• How the rise in Deaths of Despair tells of a society that isn’t nurturing good health
• The general problem with polypharmacy
• Specific applications to mental/behavioral issues
• Why the DSM and its categorizations is out of sync with an understanding of the spectrum of diversity within individuals,
with ADHD a classic example
• Why drugs aren’t going to be the answer to our mental suffering and despair
• Why creating environments that provide meaning and social connections, and thus meet our needs as a species, is essential to nurturing good mental health.

Click here for Dr. Sterling's PowerPoint slides.

To view Dr. Sterling's responses to some questions asked during the webinar that were not answered during the live event, click here.

Click the links below for two videos of other presentations by Dr. Sterling:


Peter Sterling, PhD is an American anatomist, physiologist and neuroscientist and Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of What Is Health? Allostasis and the Evolution of Human Design (2020), and with Simon Laughlin, is an author of Principles of Neural Design.

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