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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Daniel G. Amen
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27 May 2008
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--"brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life:
To Quell Anxiety and Panic:
¸  Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
To Fight Depression:
¸  Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
To Curb Anger:
¸  Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
To Conquer Impulsiveness and Learn to Focus:
¸  Develop total focus with the "One-Page Miracle"
To Stop Obsessive Worrying:
¸  Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audible; Unabridged edition (27 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739376934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739376935
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 12.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Opens the door to assessment and interventions that can change your life.' --Robert D. Hunt, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry Vanderbilt School of Medicine

'Cutting edge technology, clinical wisdom, and heartfelt guidance come together to creat a 'user's manual for enhancing the human braib.' Dr. Amen offers simple, direct, and immediately applicable prescriptions that can change anyone's life.'; --Emmett E. Miller, M.D., author of DEEP HEALING: THE ESSENCE OF MIND/BODY MEDICINE

'CHANGE YOU BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE is a pioneering book. Dr. Amen provides a clear and convinicing evidence that many behavioral disorders formerly considered psychological actually have a biological basis. Through the lens of exciting new brain imaging techiniques, you can see what depression, anxiety, temper, impulsiveness, and obsession actually look like in the brain. He gives many practical suggestions for overcoming these problems, and gives many tools for optimizing the brain and improving life.' --Rob Kohn, D.O., psychiatrist and neurologist, University of Illinois at Chicago --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hhighly readable and practical book by pioneering psychiatrist. The book offers a unique perspective on understanding and treating the modern-day epidemics of anxiety and depression. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book three weeks ago and am performing as an actor in a stage musical for the first time in over a decade. I have to admit that I first took it from the shelf in the "new books" section of the library because it struck me as having (my apologies to the designer) the ugliest cover I had ever seen! In spite of my having been on Prozac since 1996, I have experienced continual mental problems which resulted in periods of severe depression. The first sentence on the inside cover grabbed me: "Do you panic at the thought of walking into a room full of people you don't know?" I checked out the book. I am, as I write this, in the process of ordering my own copy and one to send to my sister. I am a 45 year old male teacher/ actor/writer. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts and have previously made my living as a working actor as well as having had books, plays and songs published since 1976. My spouse of twelve years died in 1994. Suicidal, I returned to my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, after living fifteen years in New York City and Los Angeles. I have not been able to work on a regular basis since. Going back on stage and working as an actor was not even a consideration. Since 1995, I have only been successful at doing sporadic tutorial work with English Composition students at local colleges and universities.
The suicidal tendencies I was suffering stopped with the administration of Prozac, but I have spent the past two and one-half years wondering what was wrong with me because I could not focus long enough to complete any of the dozens of projects I would start. I had no patience and could not even keep still long enough to attend a film.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 10 May 2009
This is a book that has the ability to change lives and attitudes. For anyone new to the concept of the brain as the seat of most human behaviour, this book will be a revelation. Many may feel slightly uneasy as their world view is called into question and concepts such as free will have to be re-evaluated in the light of new evidence.

Amen orientates his reader by giving simple and clear descriptions of the different parts of the brain and their function. He explains how the level of activity in different parts of the brain will impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

To parents whose child fails to conform to societal expectations, even though they have followed all the recognised parenting guidelines, then this book tells you what deep down you probably already knew - your child is different and really can't help themselves - you are not an ineffectual parent.

Amen draws on years of experience as a psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist. He and his colleagues have had access to thousands of SPECT images (nuclear medicine brain scans, which show how active different parts of the brain are). By correlating abnormal scans with abnormal thoughts, feelings and behaviours they are now able to use brain scans to diagnose specific disorders. Amen explains how with this new science psychiatrists will be able to properly diagnose a disorder and to more accurately target the problem with the right drug rather than relying on the patient's reporting of symptoms as we do at present, and the psychiatrists interpretation of their behaviour. The process is no longer as reliant on trial and error.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Discredit this Charlatan, Amen 22 Feb 2012
Does Dr Amen ever question the detrimental and possibly lethal side effects of psychiatric medication? Not if this book is anything to go by.

I am very surprised at the absence of psychiatric professionals who should have pointed out that the chemical-corrective psychology prescribed by Dr Amen is not the 'cure-all' that he repeatedly claims.

My father who has been a community psychiatric nurse for over 25 years, here in the UK, tells me that medication i.e. drugs should usually be the last resort, or at least only a later consideration in most cases.

Instead, in chapter after chapter, Dr Daniel G. Amen says that there are no disadvantages, no drawbacks at all to using prescription drugs. What utter irresponsibility. Could he perhaps have a vested, non-altruistic interest, such as shares in a large pharmaceutical company?

Zapping brains with Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), may be useful, but it is another flawed technology and maybe (owing to radioactive material and waves)is in many cases dangerous and carcinogenic.

I have noticed that some of the book's celebrators on this site mention its relevance to those with Asperger's Syndrome. Why? Amen fails to give AS any comment, it's not even in the index.

This I think is a clue to his generalising way of thinking- perhaps, like me, he has suffered with an autistic spectrum condition. It could be the reason why he has such a bizarre collection of model penguins- harmless and cute, but a bit strange and rather like the symptoms of Asperger's, or as I feel is more likely, some other undisclosed brain disorder. Convenient greed maybe.

To see so many five star reviews on this website is ridiculous. He is not the only one by any means.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make that change!
Coruscating, insightful and indeed an inspirational book from Dr Daniel.
I thoroughly recommend it to everyone,patients,parents,and doctors,alike. Read more
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Published on 12 July 2011 by miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough and fascinating knowledge
This is a book I could not put down until I had finished. Daniel Amen, an American psychiatrist who uses brain-imaging, explains the findings he has made about five areas of the... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by Anne Rose W
5.0 out of 5 stars A godsend.
People like Dr Amen & Dr Michael Thompson are godsends to the world.They write books that change us for the better & improve our lifestyles extensively. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Scholastico
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and interesting stuff.
Up to now it's been a good read; well researched and written.
Thank you.
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