On episode 30, we welcome clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Van Deusen to discuss the widespread increase in anxiety and tech addiction. How they relate to our relationships with others, and how to reduce loneliness and depression through compassion, empathy, and connectivity.
Meg Van Deusen sat down with us to teach us about how social media and tech addiction are used to pull us apart from each other and how we could begin to reignite a widespread sense of community.
Fifty percent of Americans are lonely. More than 33 percent of us sleep less than six hours a night. In addition, 81 percent own a smartphone, and 77 percent use social media daily.
Loneliness, depression, and anxiety have increased substantially in the U.S. in the past decade, requiring modern remedies to combat them. Meg outlines them in a way that’s easily digestible, making them assessable to all of us.
As described via Amazon, her new book Stressed in the U.S.: 12 Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction, and More, explains why and how our relationships are breaking down at a time when we need them the most. The good news? As a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and mindfulness practitioner, she offers insights and solutions to a complex, pervasive problem.
Meg Van Deusen received her BA in English from Santa Clara University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys the outdoors, music, cooking, and time with her husband, sons, and friends.