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In this age of do-it-yourself health care (heck, if the doctor only sees you for 10 minutes each visit, what other options are there?), Change Your Brain, Change Your Life fits in perfectly. Filled with "brain prescriptions" (among them cognitive exercises and nutritional advice) that are geared toward readers who've experienced anxiety, depression, impulsiveness, excessive anger or worry, and obsessive behavior, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life milks the mind-body connection for all it's worth.
Written by a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has also authored a book on attention deficit disorder, Change Your Brain contains dozens of brain scans of patients with various neurological problems, from caffeine, nicotine, and heroin addiction to manic-depression to epilepsy. These scans, often showing large gaps in neurological activity or areas of extreme overactivity, are downright frightening to look at, and Dr. Amen should know better than to resort to such scare tactics. But he should also be commended for advocating natural remedies, including deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback for treating disorders that are so frequently dealt with by prescription only. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Clinical neuroscientist and psychiatrist Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems. He explains how the brain works, what happens when things go wrong, and how to optimize brain function. Five sections of the brain are discussed, and case studies clearly illustrate possible problems. The accompanying brain-scan photos are difficult to read with an untrained eye. Although Amen provides step-by-step "prescriptions" geared toward optimizing and healing the different sections of the brain ("create a library of wonderful experiences"; "try meditation/self-hypnosis"), 80 percent of the patients in his case studies were given medication to treat their behavioral problems. The audience for this book is ambiguous. While it encourages readers to evaluate themselves and others, it would be more useful to a professional in the social sciences than to the general reader. Buy where self-help or brain-research books are popular.?Maria Uzdavinis, Rochester P.L., NH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I purschased 2 books, this one and Unleash the Power of female Brain.(for my wife). I must say both books are crap.... If I wanted to come and see Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt
Informative, I visited England and felt obliged to give it away to an interested party.Published 11 months ago by Carol Z
This book reveals just how intricately linked are the brain chemistry --- it's activity level -- one's behaviour and one's emotions. Read morePublished 21 months ago by dawn elliott
Wonderful information on brain function and the impact it has on relationships, and how we can improve our lives as we learn about ourselves and the people around us.Published on Dec 26 2011 by Serena
This book is a must read. It is written in lay persons terms and even if you don't suffer from ADD or OCD or any of the other issues addressed in this book, there's a damn good... Read morePublished on July 12 2009 by Brenda Rogers
Great alternative to reading a book although we do recommend the book + CDs. We take these CDs everywhere we go and play them in the car.Published on Feb. 18 2009 by JDupla
Another excellent book by Dr. Amen, which is so fascinating about how the brain works and how with the newest diagnostic tools, it can be "tweaked" so our lives can be... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Jacqueline Marcell