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Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex

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From one of the world's leading experts on how the brain works, a step-by-step, practical program for women to achieve greater health, energy, and lasting happiness by harnessing the power of the female brain.

For the first time, bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen offers insight on the unique characteristics and needs of the female brain and a practical,
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, health, 2014
I like reading about the brain. This was a fairly quick read for me because I was able to skim a lot of the labeling and anatomy lessons of the brain in the beginning. Also, it was quick because the author REPEATED EVERYTHING 7 TIMES. I get it-- this is just a cleverly disguised self-help book and people need a lot of repition to stop being stupid/awful/fat/depressed. But it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. By the end I was like "Ok, 7 hours of sleep minimum, no sugar, exercise, balance ...more
Kelly Enck
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been on the "raw food diet" for five years now, and I am always looking for new ways to improve my health. Dr. Amen wants us to give up tea and coffee in replacement of drinking more filtered water.
I am trying hard to do this, which promises to unleash the power of my brain!!! :)

I started drinking half my weight in ounces of filtered water. This book is written by an established Psychiatrist, and Neuroscientist, who is tired of doctors giving out drugs before correcting the overall proble
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I very much recommend this book!
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readitforward, 2014
Advice for taking care of your brain is good to have, and good to apply.
And there was some good advice too in this book, and some about how the brain works.
But the writing style was occasionally irritating (unless it's just me who finds "you" form patronizing?), and while there were some good resources for finding out more, there were quite a few bits presented in a way that made me want to slam the book away rather than keep reading.
Maybe I should have picked one of his non-genderbased books
Gabriella O'Toole
This book was interesting to say the least. I learned quite a few things about what's good and what's bad for your brain. This book wasn't exactly riveting, but it was neat to learn a few things. The only thing I definitely didn't like was that the author would say, for example, "try this test on my website and figure out your brain type!" So I went online to take it, and the webpage brings you to a place where you have to pay and sign up for membership. I just think that if this author was as c ...more
Rebekka Steg
While I disagreed with Dr Amen on some of his interpretations of the differences between the male and female mind, this was overall a book well worth reading. Dr Amen goes over the importance of treating your brain with the respect it deserves and keeping it healthy through nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, psychology, etc. and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in keeping their brain healthy into old age.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought that this book had potential when I spotted it at my local library... and then I started reading it. It's basically full of "women are more in touch with their emotions" sexist drivel. If you are interested in the topic of women's health, I would recommend reading The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, medical
Title + Bright Pink Color + New Book Shelf = reasons I picked up this book. Why not? I am interested in all sorts of books about the brain, and this one was written by a doctor...that is also an excellent salesman for his business! Some of the other reviews claimed the whole book is advertising his website, and the writing is sexist - I can see their point of view. I guess my point of view would be if this book helps a person to get in better shape based on a brain scan (SPECT = single photon em ...more
Jane Dugger
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a very informative book about the health of the female brain and how different it is from male brains. The lingering take-away is how important brain health is in the overall scheme of health. I feel sometimes it isn't spotlighted very much because brains aren't considered sexy. However, a well functioning brain is sexy (and of course the most important sex organ)! Dr. Amen focused quite a bit on mental health and ADD which was interesting but not very apropos for me at this moment in m ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Had to make myself finish reading this. It is pretty typical suggestions - lose weight?, exercise, lots of water, cut out sugar and caffeine, organic when possible no plastics with PBa s. could be helpful to anyone really but women have more fluxes to hormones which are negatively impacted by these things.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While this book was more scientific and technical that I was expecting the information in it is invaluable! So glad I read this (and so glad I read it when I was 24 in order to be proactive). I highly recommend to ANY female looking to generally improve their well-being overall.
Yalda Shoohanizad
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actually the book is unbelievably good and taught me lots of lifesaving points. It’s a must-read for every woman and it’s never too late.
Unfortunately like other books by Amen, it repeatedly says the same thing! And can be summarized in an article.
Consequently, I suggest every woman to read it, but don’t spend too much time on his stories of patients.
Good luck!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Some portions of the book were very interesting. I found there was just a little too many lists of supplements to take for this or that.
Jessica King
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a family of women who struggle with weight and also have genetically bad heart issues, I have honestly never considered my brain's health beyond the "Oh my God, this is making me stupider." I've been concerned about my body. I've been concerned with my heart. BUT NEVER with my brain.

I'd never heard of Dr. Amen. Apparently Dr. Oz (whom I freakin' dislike) and some other daytime shows feature him sometimes. I just put this audiobook on hold at the library because it was new and sounded
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: counseling-books
A lot more medical than I anticipated.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed on by dedes 2/12/2013

Dr. Amen's book Unleash the Power of the Female Brain was enlightening. Having been a fan of Dr. Amen for a while now this book did not change my opinion of his work. It includes information from previous books, health and mental wellness research studies, brain research studies, personal experiences with family and patients, and other doctors about the female brain and its impact on female health issues. Amen takes all of this and organizes it in such
Karen Wherlock
I heard Dr. Amen speak at a conference and thought his work was interesting. Then I joined a book club and this is what we're reading this month. If brain science is new, this may be of interest. I can't help but wish that I could have my brain scanned to learn what's going on in there, but I have a feeling that his services are not covered by insurance. Most of his recommendations are nothing new. Take your fish oil, eat healthy foods, exercise...I would be interested in the results of a brain ...more
Judy Collins
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I subscribe to Dr. Amen’s email and like to stay abreast of health and fitness and latest trends, etc. I am a vegan, and eat no dairy, wheat, meats, caffeine, nor processed foods, take no medications, and eat very healthy and drink lots of water, due to my serious allergies and like to exercise. I am also highly allergic to toxins and chemicals as well as perfumes, scents, etc. About a year ago had issues with insomnia and fast heart rate around the clock and eliminated all additives in foods an ...more
Melissa Melottey
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of the reviews on this book and I must say, all of the bad reviews are from people who have clearly skimmed through this book. I have never read a "change your life" book more motivating then this one. The author is extremely detailed as to describing so many different scientifically proven ways and reasons as to why your brain may be out of balance. He gives so many helpful tips as to what you should do to improve your brain health which will ultimately improve your energy, ADD, ho ...more
Sarah Sheena
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr Amen does an incredible job in describing the best ways to take care of our most important asset, the brain. Beginning with the strengths of the female brain, he inspires a love for your own. He also delves into topics like hormones and the affects they have. I love the exercises, tips, and vignettes. I truly appreciate that he recognizes no two people are the same and he treats people as individuals. His approach preferring to use natural supplements and remedies as much as possible is refre ...more
Seckin Varol
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally there is an observable and measurable explanation to the productions of human brain with the help of advanced technology. I personally never accepted the claim that human brain is static, so it slows down when a person gets older. If human brain was so static, we would not gone through any evolution.

It is nice to see non-sexist way of brain difference without stating any superiority between genders (like really weird news that we have sometimes on the newspapers based on a physical scal
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
What a crock of hooey! It's s big ass sales pitch for his website. Full of examples if women who were "fixed" at his clinic, but not what fixed them. Oh, you can go to his website to take the test to see what needs to be fixed, for a free two week trial offer. Whatever. His diet section does list brain foods to eat - fruits and veg - duh. And then at the end he mentions a bunch if supplements. Not anti vitamin or supplement, but if your diet is right, you don't need all that, must if which is ma ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that the book would have probably been better for me than the audiobook because I missed a lot of what I needed to write down or copy.

I feel like I am already doing a lot of what he suggested for getting a better brain, except for certain vitamins that I will probably start taking. I could probably use meditation and a bit more exercise, but my diet is good and my sleep has never been an issue. Hormones were out of whack but my medication is helping that.

Good information overall for al
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is really great in the fact that it's an actionable list. It lays out a variety of problems/issues/health risks and gives solutions for each one. After some of the more introspective books I've been reading, this felt like a refreshing checklist.

I wouldn't recommend this as a book on tape, because I kept wishing I had a particular page for my next grocery/vitamin shopping trip. Or because I wanted to take notes of something Dr. Amen was saying. I'm hopeful that his website, which appar
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Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013
I've read a great deal of this before, and this time listened to the audio. So for me it was a bit repetitive. I would not recommend the audio for this particular item, since they are so many recommendations for supplements that you would want to be able to see them to get them straight.

I gave this a 4 star based on my first impression of this information, not this particular presentation. If you have already delved into this author and this information, there is really nothing much new here tha
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
This book was mostly dumb, in my opinion. I guess I was expecting something like, doing things like x and x and x will increase brain power/make you smarter! But it wasn't about that at all, it was about balancing your hormones and getting blood tests and shit, stuff that maybe a rich lady could afford to get tested for but I sure as shit can't. There were a few good nuggets of info in here, specifically in the food and sex chapters (but nothing earth shattering). Totally not worth the read, tho ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the first book by Dr. Amen for me. The science of brain scans Dr Amen has used to treat patients is fascinating. I am equally glad for all the women in Dr. Amen's family who inspire him! What is most encouraging are the changes we can make in our diets and thinking to improve our brain health; those changes show up on the scans!! I want to love my brain enough to have his mother's brain scan. What a story to see that good healthy food and living habits with spirituality and a redirected
Diana Suddreth
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is fascinating and has opened my eyes to a whole lot that is going on both in my brain and that of others. As a result of reading the book, I've made some definite changes in my life that will lead to greater happiness and brain health.

That said, I actually listened to the book on audio, which is not the way to engage with this book. There's too many lists and too much technical detail to be able to absorb it while listening or find it again when finished. If you are interested in this
Mimi Bear
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book caught my eye at the library. I had seen Dr Amen and I knew he was someone to watch, but addressing this for women? Wow. I read this in one sitting. Write out some additional supplements. It is the truth and I know the truth first. Living longer without the brain fog and fear of dementia. This is the ticket. Easy to read. Interesting and it's refreshing that he doesn't self promote his way into our hearts.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I honestly think that every woman should read this book. It was given to me by my boyfriends mother and out of the countless health books I have read this is probably the top of the list. Written in easy to understand language, this book outlines how to change your life style so as to optimize your brain health and in conjunction your quality of life. Give it to your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends :) share the health
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Daniel Amen is a Christian and graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He Amen is a double board-certified psychiatrist, multiple NY Times bestselling author, and founder of Amen Clinics. Dr. Amen's research team has published more than 70 scientific articles on a wide variety of topics related to brain health. Discover Magazine named his research on distinguishing posttraumatic st ...more
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