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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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A new approach to the nation's most common learning disorder identifies six types of Attention Deficit Disorder and provides guidelines for choosing the proper treatment regimen. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published 2001)
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Jun 20, 2011 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 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 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. ...more
Anna Erishkigal
Mar 30, 2013 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
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Overall, I'm sort of meh on the book. Maybe if I had read it earlier on in our journey through learning about ADHD, I would have been more impressed, but at this point, I wasn't learning a ton of new things. It's really lengthy, but good for skimming. It does have some interesting perspectives on the variations of ADD and respective nuances in approach, but at times a little heavy handed on the author/doctor's proprietary brain scans and all his anecdotal references. It didn't have enough scient ...more
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. ...more
Nov 28, 2008 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
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how at the beginning of the book he says that if you have ADD you probably won't finish reading this book! Ha! Well that made me determined to finish it! It took me a while but I did it. I liked this book and the concept of how our brains work differently. The only thing that bothered me is that many times I would finish a chapter and think "Gosh, I feel like everyone has ADD!" Hahaha! I wish that I had access to an Amen Clinic to get my son and I tested. I have never been diagnosed with ...more
Caleb Greenwood
May 11, 2016 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
Teresa Raetz
Dec 07, 2014 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
Jul 31, 2010 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
Sep 08, 2007 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 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. ...more
Ashley Jane
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marigold by: Oma
Shelves: medical, self-help
This book contains lots of good information for people who may have ADD and their families. Brain scans proving that ADD is *real* and "try harder" is not an acceptable response to the disorder are powerful anti-stigma visuals. This book was very thorough describing the multiple (7) kinds of ADD and listing possible supplements/treatments for them. I was impressed by the *variety* of treatments and lifestyle changes explained in depth to help someone with ADD. Many of the chapters repeated point ...more
Nichole Lindgren
TLDR: I highly recommend this book if you have ADD/ADHD, especially if you were recently diagnosed, or if you care about someone with ADD.
I had a rough winter and when I went to the dr for help they recommended I take a test for ADD based on the fact that my son has the diagnosis. I was skeptical. They strapped a sensor to my head and had me complete a concentration activity. My results showed them that I did in fact have ADD. I was still skeptical. In my first therapy appointment my dr recommen
Mark T
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book for those interested in an overview of ADD along with scientific insights of the various types of the disorder.

One should most definitely read this prior to seeking professional advice as it helps filter out the paths to avoid and can possibly help the reader if their condition isn't as bad as anticipated.

Many sections of the book concentrate on families, children and the interaction between those with the disorder and the loved ones they live with. If this does not apply to you, th
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
My son has ADHD and this book was very helpful in many ways. I’m so glad we got him diagnosed when we did. Dr Aman Goes into a lot of detail. Maybe too much detail? It’s a long book! But I would recommend it to anyone with this in their lives, adults are just as affected as children. He talks about medication, supplements, exercise, parenting strategies, school strategies, you name it! Very thorough and helpful.
Dermot O'Sullivan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent all round explanation of Attention Deficit Disorder that comes replete with case studies and numerous brain images. It also offers a range of cures from medication to self-hypnosis. The best part for me was the subtyping of ADD into seven versions based on symptoms. There is an address in the book to a 70 question survey on the author's website that will help the reader identify which subtype, if any, they have. On the minus side, the book read at times like an advertisement for Dan ...more
Jul 22, 2011 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
Ellis Amdur
Jan 15, 2015 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
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
Sylvia Lyons
Jun 15, 2013 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
Elliotte Bagg
Jun 09, 2015 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
Aug 04, 2014 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
Dec 20, 2015 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
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me realize the feelings of exhaustion and being overwhelmed is okay. Seeing I haven't found a doctor that I feel cares as much about my son as I , I have resorted to doing my own Research. For awhile I have felt my child needs more vitamins and minerals because he is a picky eater. I mentioned it to his doctor and she said it may or may not help. I was super annoyed so after reading this book I decided to just change that part of his diet. After two weeks of making sure he gets ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best ADHD book I have read so far. He is realistic about medication therapy and it's role, and also outlines natural therapies that can help without being judgmental either way--which is rare in this field. I love that he has been such a pioneer with SPECT brain scans in a clinical setting that show the actual physiological issues behind the behaviors. Hopefully it will catch on and become more readily available nationwide! ...more
Daniel Ensminger

I can't say enough good things about this book. He has clearly done his research. As an ADD adult, several times,I felt as though he was speaking about my life. This book gave me hope for a better brain function and a better life and it helped guide me toward tools to achieve those goals. Thank you Dr. Amen!
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The Washington Post called Dr. Daniel Amen the most popular psychiatrist in America and named him the web's most influential expert and advocate on mental health.
Daniel Amen is a life-long Christian and graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He is a double board-certified psychiatrist and multiple NY Times bestselling author, with such blockbuster books as Change Yo

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