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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.
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: psychology, self-help
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marigold by: Oma
Shelves: self-help, medical
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
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
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
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
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
Camilla Severns
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
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
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!
Tonya Jakubowski
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
There are some fascinating photos of fMRIs whereby the areas of the brain under certain chemicals or disease like dementia do not illuminate indicating a lack of electric activity, but the images wind up looking like holes in the brain. I recommend every parent get this book and show their children what could be going on structurally in their brains of exposed to certain chemicals.
Lori Watson
Mar 29, 2014 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 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.
L.T. Marie
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those diagnosed with all types of ADD. It's really helped me understand my diagnosis more and helps manage my symptoms.
Sep 22, 2015 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 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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adhd
A good book, but scary. It advocates that medication is the only viable way to cure ADHD.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This title came to my attention after catching a small recording of Dr. Amen on PBS during a fundraising campaign. I felt intrigued by a small comment he made regarding mothers with ADHD. He implied there were negative side effects specific to motherhood. I was curious and went online to reserve the book from my library.

I had never heard of Dr. Daniel G. Amen, Amen Clinics or his research in psychiatry previous to the PBS special. Reading his book “Healing A.D.D.” converted me to super-fan. Wel
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-childhood
I always blamed myself. For years. Since my childhood.

I just paid attention to the activities/subjects that I loved. My mind was almost never present in conversations. I couldn't focus. I couldn't read well or remember what I just had read. Math was a disaster. Memorizing was an insurmountable task. I needed music to learn.

Four years ago I came across this amazing book. I couldn't put it down. That's when I learned how to phrase the functioning of my brain: "My mind was foggy all the time." Out
Mandee Seeley
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a necessary resource for someone who either has ADD or knows someone who does. It helps to understand us a little bit better, and how to understand ourselves. I'm the newly added Type 7: Anxious ADD, with a hint of the rest except for hyperactivity. This book breaks down each type and different ways to treat them, such as diet and supplements. Unfortunately I don't live anywhere near an Amen clinic, but I'm looking forward to starting to track my progress on the changes I can handle ...more
Jeni Palmer
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, 4 stars.
This was a really hard book to read and rate. I don't do well with the more medical texts. However this book had a lot of good information. The reason I took a star off was because of how dry and difficult it was to read. But that's just my personal issue. I do, however, highly recommend reading basic ADD types and the lifestyle changes chapters to those who have ADD in their lives, either themselves or a loved one.
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