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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (2 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339096
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must-read . . . MAGNIFICENT MIND AT ANY AGE blends scientific innovation with a clear and powerful writing style. Dr Amen's SPECT scans are fascinating, his conclusions are life-changing, and he provides practical health strategies you can utlize immediately (Michael Gurian, author of WHAT COULD HE BE THINKING? and LEADERSHIP AND THE SEXES)

I consider Daniel Amen to be the most innovative psychiatrist in America. His premise is simple: you can't have a healthy life without a healthy brain. His dietary and lifestyle strategies for maintaining brain health are based on the world's most compr (Barry Sears, PhD, bestselling author of THE ZONE)

Earl R. Henslin, PsyD, author of THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON JOY ('Providing brain basics from cradle to grave, Dr Amen has written an indispensable handbook for handling emotions, cognition, relationships, and even our spiritual lives. It is comprehensive, inspiring, and user-friendly, explaining the most complex mater) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Based on the most up-to-date research, this is an accessible guide to understanding and taking care of your brain whatever your age. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Forbes on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Not entirely what i expected as a lot of the first third of the book seems to be aimed at those with a thirst for knowledge of the make up of the brain and its functions,in fact for some time i was wondering if i was ever going to get any benefit from it ,then as the book progressed it became easier to read and more like what i expected it to be .In fact one section gave me pause for thought and i managed to transform my way of thinking on a particular problem i was having and my reason for buying the book , ANTS , A solution was there and a weight was lifted of my shoulders.
Not for everyone but a good buy for me ,
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Today, much psychiatry involves deciding which pill to prescribe. Patients with the same symptoms may respond quite differently to the same medications. Most psychiatrists will candidly tell you that prescribing is mostly a matter of trial and error, with the patient often suffering during the process.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen has a different idea. Conduct SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans to identify brain deficiencies in conjunction with standard psychiatric diagnostic tools. In this book, he shares examples of how various brain dysfunctions can be identified by such scans. After trying a treatment, he can then test the adequacy of the approach by asking the patient about his or her life and by looking at an updated scan. In these before and after images, the results are remarkably different.

As a substitute for such scans, Dr. Amen invites readers to respond to a series of questions that he often finds are indicative of brain dysfunctions. From there, he describes the various alternative (non-medicinal) treatments as well as the indicated meds. In many cases, patients will be helped by an improved diet, exercise, avoiding sources of brain trauma, improving hydration, reducing excess stress, learning how to stop focusing on negative thoughts, getting more sleep, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, avoiding aspartame and MSG, eliminating environmental toxins, and reducing television watching, video game playing, computer use, and cell phone calls and texting.

After you identify what you or a loved one might be suffering from, he also describes the treatments that usually help. In the course of this, he describes the latest research that describes why these treatments help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DavidStrife on 26 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Intelligence is usually viewed as something that is inherited at birth and is not taught or refined by the individual. With the research and knowledge this book contains, it gives an excellent view into the way the mind operates, and gives light to how we might incorporate different methods into our lives of enabling our brains full potential, which many of us are starving it of on a regular basis. Having read the book thoroughly and adapted most of it's philosophies into my everyday life, I do feel my mind is more dexterous and flexible than it was beforehand. This book won't make you intelligent, but it'll enable it's growth and full capabilities. The biggest factor of our lives that we repeat which starves our brain is our diet and thought patterns, once you understand how to control these two factors, the rest becomes common sense on the most part. It's a wonder why these findings haven't been brought into the public's attention yet and why more attention is not being paid here, as the effects can quite vividly be felt and to call them life changing would not be an overstatement. After having been quite an intelligent student, capable of learning with ease and having a capable memory as well as being able to multitask with my thinking, I somehow denied myself of these capabilities and lost these abilities. After applying the methods described here, I felt like my old self once again, again I stress; it was due to poor diet and crippling thought processes/patterns that I had gotten into a bad habit of establishing that I suffered the way I did. Once I put the Soda down, ate better, stared less at a tv/computer monitor, I began to feel my mind becoming more capable as it felt before I became the junk-food gamer I once was.
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Adding SPECT Scans as a Diagnostic Tool for Psychiatry and Brain Function Enhancement 18 Feb. 2009
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Today, much psychiatry involves deciding which pill to prescribe. Patients with the same symptoms may respond quite differently to the same medications. Most psychiatrists will candidly tell you that prescribing is mostly a matter of trial and error, with the patient often suffering during the process.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen has a different idea. Conduct SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans to identify brain deficiencies in conjunction with standard psychiatric diagnostic tools. In this book, he shares examples of how various brain dysfunctions can be identified by such scans. After trying a treatment, he can then test the adequacy of the approach by asking the patient about his or her life and by looking at an updated scan. In these before and after images, the results are remarkably different.

As a substitute for such scans, Dr. Amen invites readers to respond to a series of questions that he often finds are indicative of brain dysfunctions. From there, he describes the various alternative (non-medicinal) treatments as well as the indicated meds. In many cases, patients will be helped by an improved diet, exercise, avoiding sources of brain trauma, improving hydration, reducing excess stress, learning how to stop focusing on negative thoughts, getting more sleep, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, avoiding aspartame and MSG, eliminating environmental toxins, and reducing television watching, video game playing, computer use, and cell phone calls and texting.

After you identify what you or a loved one might be suffering from, he also describes the treatments that usually help. In the course of this, he describes the latest research that describes why these treatments help.

As someone who isn't a physician, I was struck by the potential of imaging to improve diagnosis. I know what imaging has done for helping identify cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, and glandular dysfunctions. Obviously, I'm not in a position to judge the quality of Dr. Amen's work, but the theory makes sense to me as someone who often designs new measurements to diagnose the causes and sources of problems.

I found that the book's main weakness is that it wasn't always clear to me what Dr. Amen meant by his various screening questions. After I got into the sections that talked about the dysfunctions in more detail, I often found that I had misunderstood the purpose of his questions.

I liked the sections of the book that talk about how to improve your brain, even if you don't have a major dysfunction. I think that anyone will be intrigued by what Dr. Amen reports.
124 of 134 people found the following review helpful
This book is a gem! 14 Dec. 2008
By Melissa Martínez de Arana, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a jewel because of its beauty, which is rare and powerful. For this, I have to write that reading this book gave me a beautiful shock. Let me explain my reaction in two thoughts:

The first is suggested in the title of Chapter 5: IF YOU WERE MY FAMILY, HOW WOULD I TREAT YOU? Few medical doctors share, with modesty, their personal experiences and the tools they use to make their diagnoses and treatments. I was surprised to see how Dr.Amen, candidly shares the four circles of health and healing and why one should consider natural treatments. This concept is not new to the sciences of human behavior. However, to consider the transcendent or spiritual dimension of the person as an equally important dimension as the biological, social and psychological is little regarded by men and women in charge of today's health sciences.

The second concept that has caught my attention is how freely Dr. Amen writes about the power of lies in our lives. In chapter 12: EMBRACE THE TRUTH, Dr.Amen helps us to discover how automatic negative thoughts (ANT's) poisons our brains and pollute our reading of reality as well as the reading of the historical events of our lives. In every chapter, the author transmits his wisdom and generously shares the exercises that many of his patients have found to be beneficial to improve their brain and their life.

I think that this book is a gift of hope for those who are still seeking answers to the questions that nobody has been able to answer them. In my experience as a psychologist, I may say without exaggeration that this book is a gem. I am grateful for it.

Melissa Martínez de Arana, Ph.D.
Psychologist & "Brain Coach"
276 of 307 people found the following review helpful
Some Palatable Bits; Needs More Salt 12 Mar. 2009
By Word Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading so many brain, depression, happiness books over the past several years that I decided to finally post some of my views. One important observation is to really check out what the author's agenda MIGHT be. As more than a few of the previous reviewers have pointed out, Dr. Amen's books are good advertisements for his clinics. There is some good information to be found here, but most people only read one or two books on a particular subject and then move on to another subject. It would be unfortunate if Dr. Amen's books were a primary source for one's information.
I am recommending just a few of the excellent authors in the brain-stress-happiness area: Daniel Gilbert, Richard O'Connor, Daniel Goleman, Deborah Tannen, Martin Seligman, Jon Kabat-Zinn
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for Great Minds 3 Jan. 2010
By BoJonJovi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I retired from the Colorado Mental Health Institute. I watched many expensive drugs being passed out like so many M&M's. I do have to say the drugs and the artists prescribing them worked simple miracles everyday. But I never once heard anyone even consider natural supplements or nutrition to improve mental illness. Drug representatives were a constant. Nutritional support was not.

I have struggled with mild depression/anxiety and brain fog for years. I have spent thousands trying to find the right herb or the right supplement to clear my mind. If snake oil was being sold, I was the first in line (a bit obsessive compulsive as well). I tried prescription anti-depressants but the side effects were depressing (no, I should not be a 180 pound eunuch).I read this book and started taking the supplements suggested for my particular issues. I can honestly say this book helped me greatly. It even helped me lose weight. I am more relaxed, happier, and have mental clarity for the first time in many years. I wish I would have had this book two decades ago.

Dr Amen also suggests some easy ways to change your inner views and inner chatter. I also found these simple techniques valuable. I have suggested this book to anyone I thought might benefit but truthfully, I think everyone could benefit from a healthy brain.

Ya, Dr. Amen has clinics, ya one could say the books are a marketing ploy but on the other hand would a book from a person with no clinical experience and no medical background be valuable? I can find these people all over the net hawking goods. At least Dr. Amen has the experience, wisdom, and medical background to write intelligently on the subject.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A Road Map For Healthy Living 11 April 2009
By Ambermonk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was easy to read and just packed with information. Once you read this book you will never feel the same way again about what you eat and how you feel. I sincerely wish that this book could be taught in every high school in the country. If this book was a mandatory course in school, our national health costs would drop significantly.

This book not only describes the nutritional requirements of our bodies, but it explains: How our bodies work, What our bodies need, What we should eat, How it works to make us healthy, What supplements are available, and what the resulting nutritional benefits are (health, happiness, energy, concentration, improved brain function, and natural nutritional ways to mitigate against autism, Alzheimer's, ADHD, and Parkinson's Disease.

We've heard for years that good nutrition will make us healthy, but this book explains precisely not only what good nutrition is (and it names names), but how and why it affects the body (for example, regarding energy, we all want more of it but this book tells us what energy is, where it is located in our bodies (a great surprise to me), and how it works. The information in this book represents a fundamental requirement for how to be happy & healthy as we go through life - Literally a road map for healthy living.
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