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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 December 22nd 1998)
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Jan 01, 2010 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
Thomas Edmund
Apr 20, 2010 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
Feb 28, 2014 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 this book because 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 in this book has potential.

For those who aren't familiar, the science behind this book explains what parts of th
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2009 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 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 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
Jan 06, 2009 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
Alan Vonlanthen
Mixed feelings about this book. All medical disciplines other than psychiatry have made fantastic progress over the past decades, using technology to refine diagnostics and find better suited treatments. All but psychiatry, who keeps on guessing. Dr. Amen's idea is that in all psychological issues, there is an underlying brain condition, and that it can be treated if it is diagnosed properly. Honestly, I find this hypothesis brilliant, and it could open up a brand new perspective on psychiatry a ...more
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to D by: I checked this book out after seeing Dr. Amen give a presentatio
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
Rachel Fox
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I HIGHLY recommend this book. Don't let the cheeky title or the click-bait-looking cover fool you. This book is a treasure trove of information that I duly intend to fact check and act upon. It has given me insight into my self, and those around me and helped me to better understand human actions and relationships. A must read in my opinion.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dewey600s, 1990s
8/29/18 - Amen leads study of aging brain ... marijuana accelerates aging process

7/22/18 - Thought of Amen when reading linked article
Remembering one of first HS Shooters ... after Kip killed fellow students, Amen studied his brain, found it extremely distorted physically ... now, wonder if Vegas shooter's brain remains can be analyzed, and wonder about his blood chemistry, serotonin levels, etc.?
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
There was a lot of interesting information in this book. And some stuff that seemed a bit strange/silly/unscientific. Like that rock music is bad for you. I do also question the benefits of getting a SPECT scan versus the cons. The book makes it sound kind of amazing and like we all need to run out and get one done, but I highly doubt it is actually a good idea for everyone. However, I think it could be interesting to try some of his recommendations if you have some of these issues and want to t ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Read this many years ago but thought it was fantastic and have been following Dr. Amen ever since.
Bronte Baird
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-recommend
This book totally legitimizes mental health. I think a lot of people need to read this to understand the real ness of mental health and how there is an actual impact on your brain. Totally interesting
Sue K H
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just realized I read the updated version so this review applies to that one _ I loved this book. It was eye opening for me, even though I've done a lot of research on natural healing and have a retired neurosurgeon friend who has shared information from his studies on making the brain healthy. Much of what I had learned independently about some natural supplements like Fish Oil and 5-htp, and various vitamins, were confirmed here but I also learned about new ones. This was also the first time I' ...more
Joy Fox
May 30, 2012 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 passages ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2012
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: patient-friendly
False Advertising!

Dr. Amen is not a compelling writer; he has neither the poetry of Oliver Sacks, the compassion of Jerome Groopman, the enthralling precision of Atul Gawande nor the mystical awareness of Abraham Verghese. One thing that particularly interests me is how a doctor writes his case studies and in this Dr. Amen demonstrates about as much perspicacity and compassion for his patients as a potato.

As I'm not interested in the latest PET scan technology--which *is* the most fascinating p
Apr 07, 2013 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
Carla Cerra
Sep 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
If there were negative numbers I would rate this book in the negative category primarily for the destruction it has caused to many along the way. Dr. Amen and his machine is a HUGE fraud. We (our family) spent thousands of dollars traveling to one of his clinics only to be greeted with more propaganda, more opportunities to buy more and absolutely NO answers. I wrote to Dr. Amen directly and received no response. The scans he suggested as diagnostic in this book are not at all diagnostic, they a ...more
Meadow Johnson
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
A friend recommended this book to me. I wish I would have looked into the author before I delved in. I could have saved myself a lot of time.

This book was simply a long promotional advertisement for Dr. Amen's various business ventures. Unlike in other neuroscience books I've read, he almost exclusively cites his own research. His 'case studies' seem to have miraculous turn-arounds on just a few days or weeks. While I think seeing a SPECT scan of your own brain could be motivating to some, I thi
Shabnam Gideon
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, but I don't think everyone would. You should know that it goes into detail around biological and neurological processes, and that the anecdotes and prescriptive advice can become repetitive. But if science and psychology are your jam, you'll probably dig it. I don't like that the cover and title makes it sound like some as-seen-on-tv infomercial hocus pocus, because the science is real and well-founded, but within the book the author does a good job at not overtly "selli ...more
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
Nov 14, 2013 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
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adhd, mh
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.
Bill Kenney
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book although I'm don't think it's for everyone. Lots of medical diagnosis and brain talk but it was intriguing to me.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like the author was trying to sell me his franchise - and world view - the whole time.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating. It gave so much information on a very complex subject and made it understandable to the average person. I learned so much from this book. I learned so much about the brain, its specific areas and its functions. I loved understanding how the brain works at its best and when there is a disconnect what the different areas of the brain do. If you haven't read this book, do yourself a favor and get it.
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“Your thoughts really matter. They can either help or hurt your deep limbic system. Left unchecked, ANTs will cause an infection in your whole bodily system. Whenever you notice ANTs, you need to crush them or they’ll affect your relationships, your work, and your entire life. First you need to notice them. If you can catch them at the moment they occur and correct them, you take away the power they have over you. When a negative thought goes unchallenged, your mind believes it and your body reacts to it. ANTs have an illogical logic. By bringing them into the open and examining them on a conscious level, you can see for yourself how little sense it really makes to think these kinds of things to yourself. You take back control over your own life instead of leaving your fate to hyperactive limbic-conditioned negative thought patterns. Sometimes people have trouble talking back to these grossly unpleasant thoughts because they” 7 likes
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