Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a renowned American professor and addiction psychiatrist whose work centers on “habit change,” or using mindfulness to break the brain’s feedback loops. Brewer combines twenty years of scientific research and mindfulness training to help people overcome anxiety, overeating, smoking, and other addictive behaviors.


A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit | Judson Brewer

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction-from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us.

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

We are living through one of the most anxious periods any of us can remember. Whether facing issues as public as a pandemic or as personal as having kids at home and fighting the urge to reach for the wine bottle every night, we are feeling overwhelmed and out of control.

How to Face Fear

So, if fear helps motivate us, what's wrong with injecting a bit of fear into our lives, so that we improve them? First, we can examine how well fear works as a motivator, and then see how it trips us up.


Hacking Your Brain’s “Reward System” to Change Habits

How often do you feel like it is a struggle to fight your brain to break bad habits and start healthy ones? Here’s a short video that shows you the neuroscience behind why this is the case and how to hack your brain’s reward centers to get it to do the work for you.

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits

In The Craving Mind Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them.

Do We Need Anxiety?

For many of my patients, and even myself, the recognition that anxiety can be its own toxic comfort has been a lightbulb moment. It can be unsettling to examine our thoughts and our behaviors closely.


Dr. Jud Brewer on “Everyday Addictions”

We all have habits, but our habits can come to control us. Learn how habits become addictions and how to overcome them with Dr. Jud Brewer.

Curiosity Is a Superpower: Here's How to Use It to Combat Anxiety & Addiction

Addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist Jud Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., has spent over 15 years studying why we make bad habits—and what makes them so difficult to break.


4 Steps to Break a Habit | Dr. Judson Brewer

Dr. Judson Brewer explains 4 steps to break a habit. Dr. Judson Brewer, MD, Ph D, neuroscientist, author, psychiatrists explains how to be mindful.Dr. Brewer is author of "The Subtle Mind" 1. R: Recognize 2. A: Acceptance 3. I: Investigate 4. N: Note

Why Is It So Hard to Pay Attention? or Is It? Curiosity May Be Key to Concentrating

Here are two ways we can pay attention: force ourselves to concentrate, or be interested. The first way is what I did when I was first learning mindfulness.


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