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Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Now, using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD, each requiring a different treatment.


With recommendations for prescription drug

Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Berkley Trade (first published 2001)
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Jun 20, 2011 Jenette rated it really liked it
Doctors thought I had depression/anxiety, but when I had to change doctors and the new doctor who has a background in neurology, started asking me about the medication the previous doctor had put me on and then asking me specific questions about my life, school, organization struggles, etc. He told me I test positive for type 2 A.D.D. and not depression. Currently working off the depression meds, and starting a new course of action. This explains a lot of my frustrations I had in school growing ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, psychology
excellent book but a a little long if you actually HAVE add
Jennifer Hughes
Loved this book. It has information I've never heard about ADHD, even though it was written several years ago. Dr. Amen is a neuroscientist who has used SPECT brain-imaging scans to see activity and blood-flow patterns of thousands of people. The images correspond with his findings on what's happening in the brains of people with ADHD (as well as lots of other things like brain injury and drug/alcohol use--take a look at real scan pictures at stuff). Very helpful ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for parents who either suspect that their child may have ADD or has been diagnosed with it. As I read the core symptoms of ADD, I discovered that I have it myself. I've been able to function better just knowing that I have an "ADD brain". I'm not crazy or lazy, I just have to work with the way my brain acts.
Nov 28, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Dissecting the 6 types of ADD and what can be done to deal with the disorder as it is. Living apart of a family with different types of ADD is challenging, this book helps as it does not give the simplistic antidotes about ADD = forgetfulness, HaHaHa. This gives case studies of Dr. Amen's patients and the course of action he used to bring about balance using medicine.

Now this is not a book for someone looking to diagnose themselves with the disorder, rather it gives a glimpse into how ADD manif
I am surrounded by people who I suddenly understood a lot better from the information in this book. It also gave me some tools to put some of them on a path to discover the truth about themselves and how to improve their lives. I noticed a lot of duplicate information in this book from one of Dr. Amen's other books I read, but if you are not planning to read all of his books you'll be glad it is in there. If you at all suspect someone you care about has ADD, this is a great starting point.
Anna Erishkigal
Mar 30, 2013 Anna Erishkigal rated it really liked it
My son's psychiatrist recommended this book. He has a sub-type of ADHD which regular stimulant medication was only causing bad behavioral side-effects (increased obsessive behavior and explosive temper tantrums). This book based on research and PET scans of kids brains helped me understand why and deal with the ups and downs as we experimented with medication cocktails which would help him with his impulsiveness (under-stimulated parts of the brain) without over-stimulating the parts which were ...more
Teresa Raetz
Dec 07, 2014 Teresa Raetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had an ADHD Required Reading list, this would go on it. Amen's work doing brain scans of ADHD patients has yielded some fascinating pieces to the story of what may cause the disorder and what is actually happening in the brains of those who have this difference. While I'm not sure it lives up to its title to "heal" ADHD, the book provides much useful information all based in science, such as the fact that brain scans show that certain parts of the brain's of folks with ADHD may almost shut ...more
Sep 08, 2007 erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents with kid issues
This book describes the different types of ADD which are quite different from each other. If you have a kid with any problems with school, relationships, verbalizing, or depression, read it.
This man is a dynamo of energy and enthusiam for fixing the brain when everyone else is giving up. Often he decibes sitautions where wrong disagnosis are given to a person and their life slowly falls apart - for no reason. There are solutions. He has a practise in Cliafornia and Virginia and writes a zillion
Sep 06, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has ADD in their family
This book is helping me to fully understand my son's diagnosis of ADD. So many symptoms that are mentioned in the book as related to ADD are very much my child, and I had not before associated them with this disorder. I now better understand what our pediatrician was explaining to us about brain neurotransmitters and what the effect is on the brain. Generally, I get bored reading medical-related books, but this one is so relevant to us that I am having no problems reading and understanding it.
Caleb Greenwood
May 11, 2016 Caleb Greenwood rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource that sums up Dr. Amen's work on ADD in the last decade. I have seen him speak a handful of times and having recently discovered I have a version of ADD, quickly searched out Amen resources for his wise insights and fearless non-traditional approaches.

Amen is controversial in the psychiatry world for his use of SPECT imaging, SPECT, as I understand it, provides a geographic map of the brain and detects the levels of activity in different regions of the brain. From this in
Jul 22, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
I was more impressed than I thought I'd be with this book.

Should a person who has difficulties assuming a "normal" life in spite of high intelligence, "settle" for a job beneath his abilities mainly so he will not be overly stressed, and then enjoy his hobbies? That's what I had decided would be best for the people I know who suffer with emotional problems.

But what if they could be treated for whatever they have, and then assume a more normal life?

page 8: Brett, 27, had just been fired from hi
Aug 04, 2014 Mmcjh rated it it was amazing
The NEW edition is out, with 7 types of ADD.

After reading this book I realized few doctors are as gifted as Dr. Amen to see the details of trying to live with ADD. This book offers updated information on defining which of the ADD are the likely issues and it can be more than one type. In a kind, thoughtful, non-judgemental presentation, he offers case information to show successes thru physical exercise, type specific supplements to support brain function, and a better diet of clean meats and v
Camilla Severns
Dec 20, 2015 Camilla Severns rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I wasn't as impressed with this book as I had originally anticipated. I supposed maybe it's because most of the information I read in the book I was already aware of.

Also the language was kind of drab, and redundant. I wish the chapters were a little more unique, or perhaps some set up in a somewhat of a different way to keep my attention.

Aside from that it really was an educational book, that I'm still glad to have read. I always like learning about the many different opinions/schools of thou
Jul 31, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who has ADD, or knows someone who does
Shelves: psychology
I have read several books on the subject of ADD--this is the best of them. There are many very interesting aspects to this book. The author has been able to break ADD into six categories. People who suffer from ADD generally fall into one of these categories, though occasionally, into a combination of them. There is a questionnaire that helps one to sort out which category one might fit into. Most interesting of all, is the gallery of SPECT brain scans, that correspond to these six categories of ...more
Ashley Butterfield
I found this book to be very informative and reader-friendly. Dr. Amen's style of writing was very engaging and I especially liked the case examples. As I was reviewing the 7 identified types of ADD, I thought some of the descriptions were more fitting for comorbid diagnoses rather than just ADD alone. I found Dr. Amen's treatment approach to be very comprehensive and holistic. This is the way healthcare should be provided!
Lori Watson
Mar 29, 2014 Lori Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must admit I skim read. Good info. Less engaging than the other book I read on the same topic. Lost me on the limiting TV and computer :-p, but good diet and brain scan info. The breakdown of types and the online test was also interesting.
Apr 03, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Daniel Amen is able to explain a lot about brain activation patterns in an understandable way and there are plenty of SPECT scan images in the book that also help in visualizing how the brain is working inefficiently in some ways. He has a clinic in Reston, VA and is a proponent of neurofeedback.
Sep 22, 2015 Carol rated it liked it
Contains good information on types of ADD and alternate healing but mostly this book reads like one long infomercial for SPECT imaging.
Beth Parkins
Jul 07, 2008 Beth Parkins rated it it was amazing
I am learning a ton and it is extremely helpful for anyone with ADD or anyone married to/living with someone with ADD.
Oct 14, 2008 Tonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: adhd
A good book, but scary. It advocates that medication is the only viable way to cure ADHD.
Mar 17, 2015 Jaclyn rated it liked it
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Psychiatrist Daniel Amen’s work is controversial, to say the least. While Healing ADD from the Inside Out has some good information, readers should also be aware of criticisms from the scientific community.

That said, Dr. Amen provides a valuable perspective on ADHD, coming from a brain science angle that many will find appealing. As his patient anecdotes illustrate, people often open up to treatment after seeing their behavior’s biological ro
Sep 25, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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from the library computer:
Table of Contents

Introduction xv
ADD in the Real World: Stories Throug the Life Cycle
3 (8)
The ADD Story
11 (29)
Looking into the ADD Brain: The Development of SPECT Imaging in Psychiatry
40 (27)
The Amen Clinic ADD Type Questionnaire
67 (10)
Type 1: Classic ADD
77 (16)
Type 2: Inattentive ADD
93 (8)
Type 3: Overfocused ADD
101 (10)
Type 4: Temporal Lobe ADD
111 (20)
Type 5: Limbic ADD
Voitek Klimczyk
Aug 27, 2016 Voitek Klimczyk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ADD is far more ordinary than people think. Most people associate ADD with extreme cases, while not knowing other behavior factors are also symptoms, such as always being late for work, or constantly needing a caffeine fix, or suddenly ignoring the person you’re talking to because you’re destracted. If you’re reading this and you have a tiny inkling that you may have some form of ADD, STOP right now and order the book. After you read it, I’d love to know what you think.

A lot of people with certa
Cathy Allen
I was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 39. I resisted the idea for about a minute: "But that is just for young boys," I said. "No," replied my doctor. "It's for everybody and I think it could explain a great deal about the problems you are describing. I'd like to refer you to a psychiatrist..."

So I got on the internet, did a self-test that convinced me, and made an appointment with the psychiatrist. She confirmed the diagnosis and asked if I wanted medicine. I didn't. "Just tell me what your fav
Ellis Amdur
Jan 15, 2015 Ellis Amdur rated it it was ok
Amens is, controversially, at the forefront of a revolution in psychiatry, using SPECT scans to actually observe brain activity. Thus,it is claimed, rather than a clinicians all-too-fallible interpretation of behavior, one can literally quantify and delineate exactly what is going wrong within a person’s brain. It is very possible that in 50 years or so, the entire panoply of mental health diagnoses may change – based on the observation of clear malfunctions within the brain. I am not suggesting ...more
May 07, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Well, I'd first have to say that the title of "Healing ADD" is a bit of an overstatement. He does not make any more claims to be able to "heal" ADD than any other book recommending treatment of various kinds. With that said, I really learned a lot about the neurology of ADHD and found the SPECT images very interesting. And the 6 types that he describes are also very interesting.

He also goes into quite a bit of detail about the "games" people with ADD play and how behaviors such as conflict seeki
Elliotte Bagg
Jun 09, 2015 Elliotte Bagg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have dealt with a spotty attention span my entire life, through recent personal work I have started to look into ADD as a contributing factor to my issues, as well as issues within my family. This book breaks down the various faces of ADD through brain scans, anecdotes and what I found most fascinating; explanation of neuroscience. It opened me up more than ever before to how many factors effect how your brain functions, and has helped me form a plan to get myself and loved ones the help neede ...more
Sylvia Lyons
Jun 15, 2013 Sylvia Lyons rated it it was amazing
ADD is not what I thought it was.

I have a child who has been experiencing difficulty in many areas of her life, but the constant arguing (between me and her, and also between her and other family members) was what finally drove me to take her to a therapist. And to my surprise, the diagnosis was ADD, something not even on my radar, and which I was not convinced was even "real." So, she gave us recommended reading, and as my husband put it, ADD is not what we thought it was. This book has been ve
A.C. Bauch
I initially was going to rate this book 3 stars, but the only reason was that I already knew a lot of the info. However, it's not the author's fault that I've devoured many adult ADD/ADHD books over the past few years and decided to rate the book at though I was reading it without prior experience.

Even with my preexisting adult ADD/ADHD knowledge base, the book's premise of identifying and healing six unique types of ADD intrigued me. Sure enough, I did glean new information, and I especially en
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Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in Newport Beach and Fairfield, California, Tacoma, Washington and Reston, Virginia .

ACI is the world leader in applying brain imaging science to clinical practice. AC
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