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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness

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In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Here are just a few of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen's surprising--and effective--"brai
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Published December 31st 1999 by Harmony (first published 1998)
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Thomas Edmund
Apr 20, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing
Wow. I picked up this piece thinking it would be some Dr Phil level 'common sense' (read unresearched, brow-bashing) advice piece.

Instead I found it a detailed well-balanced academic/practical book about the relationship between brain patterns and problem-behaviour. In reference to the title, I found the chapter on the Cingulate part of the brain to be absolutely enlightening. Individuals with over actice cingulate's tend to hold grudges and automatically respond in the negative.

It was refreshin
Jan 22, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
While I enjoy learning about the different areas of the human brain, such as the deep limbic system, basal ganglia, prefrontal cortex, among others, and the aspects of our behavior for which they are responsible, Daniel G. Amen focuses solely on case study after case study after case study as evidence for how effective various medications can be. We are never given a zoomed-out view on all of his patients; he only focuses on subjects that received "successful" treatments.

He does not balance his
Feb 24, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audiobooks
It always amuses me to read reviews of non-fiction books. Every book I've ever read in this category has one of every two or three reviews that complains about the book giving them information they already knew. It seems there are a lot of uber-intelligent people out there that have never heard the term "positive reinforcement." If it's good info, it doesn't have to be new.

That rant on other reviewers aside, this is a good book. Dr. Amen does a great job of talking about SPECT scans, and describ
Dec 07, 2015 Arlian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the audiobook edition, which was read by the author himself. He has a moderately annoying voice, but not so bad I couldn't have gotten through the book--I stopped the book cause it was bad, not because his voice was bad.

I was going to give this book 2 stars (or MAYBE 2.5) but eventually I had to call it at 1. Let me explain.

I think the science that is introduced/outlined in this book has potential.

For those who haven't aren't familiar, the science discussed is essentially abo
Jul 28, 2009 Donna added it
Shelves: unfinished
Your brain is the hardware of your soul.
--Dr. Daniel Amen

After reading about half the book, I grew weary of the repetitive pattern of naming a part of the brain, describing its function in terms of behavior, and then offering advice about how to improve its performance. Dr. Amen's recommendations range from common sense (good nutrition) to unproven and New Age techniques (such as EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) to invasive and controversial treatments (including the SPECT
Mar 24, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I have bipolar disorder, and this book helped give me more direction in treating and controlling it. I found myself described very well in Dr. Ahmen's case studies, self-tests, and medical studies. He dispenses more than just medication (which, by the way, I take and fully support) - he offers direction in psychotherapy and behavioral therapy as well. I found the book encouraging and helpful as did my husband. He's not bipolar; he was able to relate more to me and help me determining things abou ...more
Cathy Campbell
Jul 15, 2009 Cathy Campbell rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent resource. I highly recommend it. It explains behavior in a whole new way. If you have ever struggled with anxiety, depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other garden-variety psychological problems, this book is extremely helpful. The author, Daniel Amen, is a neuropsychiatrist who specializes in a type of brain imaging called SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography), which measures cerebral blood flow and metabolic activity patterns. Which is a f ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Vitaly rated it liked it
«Ознакомившись с результатами пяти тысяч обследований SPECT, вкупе с историями болезней этих пациентов, я пришел к убеждению, что – это мы, когда наш мозг работает нормально. Когда он работает нормально, мы более внимательные, более целеустремленные, мы больше интересуемся другими людьми. Мы добрее, эмоционально стабильнее, терпимее».

Хочу сказать, что до этой книги я ничего подобного не читал. Не читал в смысле того, что не читал книги с медицинской тематикой. Я обладаю весьма посредственными ме
Jan 06, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it
The New Year brings the season of fresh starts, resolutions, the air of possibility and the impulse to make changes. This book came across my radar a few weeks ago when I was channel-surfing and caught the PBS program "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life" presented by Dr. Daniel Amen. After watching a few hours of his lectures, I was hooked...and decided to review what I learned in the presentations by reading his book.

Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has used new brain -imaging
Oct 14, 2008 D rated it it was ok
Recommended to D by: I checked this book out after seeing Dr. Amen give a presentatio
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
My hubby and I saw Daniel Amen give a presentation on PBS on the nutrition-brain-wellness connection and were intrigued. I think I accidentally bought the wrong book on Amazon. Anyhoo, we *are* trying to incorporate the brain foods that Amen recommended in his PBS presentation into our weekly diet:

1. Fish--salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring
2. Poultry--chicken and turkey
3. Meat--lean beef and pork
4. Eggs
5. Tofu and soy products
6. Dairy products--low-fat cheeses and cottage cheese, low-fat sugar-fre
Dec 17, 2014 Waseem rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, first time i stumbled across the author, and if his findings are true, it sometimes can make a lot of sense of how some mental issues or problems can be actually 'brain' related rather than environment related...lots of case studies from his own experience has even made me consider seeing this guy and his clinic, facinating stuff and surprisingly a lot of fun reading and first time ive made a random book fav that i just stumbled across

really makes you think serious abou
Shay Michaud
It was good! It taught me a lot in How Brian's work. How our Brian affects our behavior and how we can get our behavior under control by controlling our Brian. Sometimes the way we act is a brain problem and we need to restore our thoughts back to Christ. Sometimes you can't do alone, and there may be a bigger picture on why people act the way they do. It could be a brain problem. Liked how it gave many examples backed up with evidence from the numerous brain scans that the doctor has done. Also ...more
May 16, 2015 Velvetink rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, medical
I have a 2nd copy of this ebook epub./ Tubel.

15/11/13 1 of 8 books for $6 tuggerah library chuck out
Oct 12, 2009 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yeah for me!!!!! I finally completed this entire book! It has taken me four years to read-a-little, comprehend, apply, read-some-more, listen to the audio version, comprehend, re-listen, apply and finally finish this amazing book. Dr. Amen explains so much about how brains function and how behavior is drastically changed by the dysfunction of a brain. I have received many answers to some of the real struggles I have had in my life due to some brain malfunctioning of my own. :)

It is amazing to g
Joy Fox
Jun 19, 2013 Joy Fox rated it liked it
This brain book is used in a school that I am currently affliated with in Greenwood Villiage, CO (America's Academy of Coaching, Counseling & Hypnotherapy). Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist and writes from that perspective, so the use of medications and brain scans is heavily emphasized. Dr. Amen primarily uses SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans to show patients what their brains look like before and after treatment. The organization of the book is such that educative pass ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Tim rated it liked it
I don't often read this kind of book, and it is not inspiring reading. On the other hand, there are enough nuggets of interest to have allowed me to read it through (mostly).

The good Doctor describes the new progress in understanding the parts of the brain itself, and what functions they control. His thesis is noting that some of what humans have viewed as abnormal, weakness of character, etc are actually parts of the brain that aren't functioning in normal range. So sudden outbursts of anger, n
Jan 06, 2013 Paulina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, 2013
This book came to me through my interest in Brain Gym (something all integral health seekers should look into as the brain is the organ we ignore the most and take care off/exercise the least). The title of this book is unfortunate as it can throw many off when all could benefit.
It is easy to read (zero medical jargon) and it gives you a very high level explanation of the brain structure dividing it into different areas. Each chapter refers to a specific area of the brain, its importance to the
Nov 03, 2010 Dennis rated it liked it
I liked this a lot. Scared me straight. It got me thinking about acquaintances who have taken too many drugs and why they keep telling the same stories over and over again, and why some people behave the way they do. Do you or your friends have senior moments? Early signs of dementia? There may be a cause, like their brain is missing something. There are dire consequences for damaging your brain with drugs, alcohol, or trauma.

Dr Amen used a specific type of brain scan, a SPECT, to aid in diagno
Jun 24, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it
Made we want to get a brain scan done. I have not had a lot of success with diet supplements but that is me. Reasonable easy to read.
Nov 11, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
A Readable Look at Brain Function

Dr. Amens is a practicing psychiatrist who was one of the first to use SPECT scans in diagnosing and treating patients. SPECT scans were originally intended for research purposes. Using these scans to diagnose patients mental problems was innovative and controversial. I found it fascinating because when I did research in the mental health field there was always the nagging feeling that the diagnosis categories were too broad. It would have been helpful to have a
May 29, 2015 Calynn rated it liked it
I feel somewhat ambivalent about this book because while it provided great behavioral advice it seemed to have a heavy emphasis on drug therapy, even listing brand names and listing the same names repeatedly. It appears to me that Dr. Amen has accepted industry money, but at the same time are there any physicians who haven't? And that does not invalidate the rest of his observations and recommendations.

I especially liked the "One Page Miracle" focus exercise for ADD symptoms and his recommendati
Gareth Otton
Dec 12, 2014 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it
People say that admitting you have a problem is the first step towards healing. I think that there is one step before that though, diagnosis.

I have read a number of self help books over the years, all of which range from incredibly helpful to pretty poor. Even the best of them suffer from a problem which basically comes down to the question, "How do I know which techniques I need to use?"

In the past I have gone through a process of trial and error, discarding the ones that haven't worked and k
Linda Hamonou
Dec 30, 2015 Linda Hamonou rated it it was ok
This book was ok. I will tell you a lot about the structure of the brain and the different parts in it but it felt a bit (a lot) out dated. But I guess that's what to expect seeing the publication date.

When I decided to read it I thought it was going to give some solutions to the problems in the title. In fact it didn't give anything. It's true that there is a list of exercises but there values aren't even discuss in the books. Most of the examples are in the form:
x had this and this behaviour
Jenn Wells
Nov 03, 2015 Jenn Wells rated it really liked it
Shelves: game-changers
Full disclosure, this happens to be my first free book from Blogging for Books (free books!!!), BUT I received it at the perfect time, as I was delving into all this mental health stuff. I was expecting it to be more life coach-y, so when the first chapter started going in-depth into the science of the brain, I was a bit thrown off.

That aside, there is so much good information in this book! I thought the author's viewpoint on mental health was very eye-opening. He points out that psychology is o
Lukáš Gregor
Aug 26, 2013 Lukáš Gregor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha výborná, kniha užitečná. Neztrácíte se v lavině odborností, byť jich je tam dost, spíše fascinovaně přihlížíte. A pak vždy u každé části mozku kromě výčtu konkrétních funkcí/diagnóz sada tipů, jak mozek usměrňovat/léčit bez nutnosti léků - myšlení je samo o sobě totiž intenzivně fyziologická záležitost, hmatatelná, která fungování mozku významně nastavuje. Vřele doporučuji.
Книжка НЕоднозначная... Про физиологию мозга - средненько, но сами советы по "здоровому образу жизни" (в т.ч. и для мозга :))) очень неплохи.

Как обычно: подробная рецензия + интеллект-карта в моем блоге
Feb 17, 2015 Lizabeth rated it it was amazing
Very readable. I like that science can pinpoint brain activity: over active or under aroused....prefontal cortex, basal ganglia...etc. Knowing this information, a trained psychiatrist can prescribe appropriate medicine and/or cognitive therapies. Although I'm not clear on the safety of nuclear imaging of the brain, I appreciate that prescription medications can be made based on actual data rather than based on trial & error of medication prescription.

As an educator....I've seen too many time
Jun 27, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
I read this on the advice of a friend. This book describes the author's work using a brain imaging technique to look at which parts of the brain are active under different conditions, and to examine how abnormalities in brain activity are reflected in personality and behavior. I found the information to be interesting. Another goal of the book is to describe some ways to treat abnormal brain activity patterns (or their resulting psychological conditions) which was also moderately interesting, an ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Marley rated it really liked it
I channel surfed onto a PBS special where the author was talking about this book. I came into the program part way into it, with the author discussing attention deficit disorder although I didn't quite get the full gist of it as I was IM-ing with a friend and playing a computer game at the same time ... which made me think that I probably needed to learn more so I checked the book out from the library.

It's a really fascinating book on brain disorders. The coolest part is that it includes photos
Ben Campbell
Jun 04, 2009 Ben Campbell rated it liked it
I don't know about advocating natural remedies, including deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback for treating disorders that are so frequently dealt with by prescription only. One can only imagine why people in the world are so screwed-up. Alcohol, drugs, depression, psychosis, bi-polar-mania, skizoid Freud. Will this book treat and cure us? Will this MD show us the way to faith and posterity? Drug freedom is merely a dream, doctors advocate drugs for anything ...more
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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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