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Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD [Paperback]

Daniel G. Amen
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June 6 2002

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Now, using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD, each requiring a different treatment.


With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, Dr. Amen’s revolutionary approach provides a treatment program that can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, peaceful, and fully functional life.


Sufferers from ADD often say, The harder I try, the worse it gets."  Dr. Amen tells them, for the first time, how to get well.

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Hard, visual data make a compelling case for the existence of attention deficit disorder (ADD) in this pioneering work by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Using a nuclear medicine technique called "single photon emission computed tomography" (SPECT)--a controversial step, according to some of his peers--Dr. Amen scans patients' brains to identify various abnormalities. From more than 8,000 such studies and more than 12,000 patient evaluations, Dr. Amen concludes that six--not the formerly presumed two--different types of ADD exist. This book encompasses the full spectrum of Dr. Amen's work: from symptom identification to clinical evaluation, to diet and medication recommendations, to everyday strategies for living with ADD (whether the reader is a parent of an ADD child, or has been diagnosed with the disease.)

No stranger to the skepticism surrounding this topic, Dr. Amen begins with a list of dead-on myths (including "ADD is overdiagnosed") and surprising facts ("Many people with ADD are never hyperactive"). From this intriguing beginning flows a highly readable chapter on the signs and manifestations of ADD in all ages. Dr. Amen's full description of SPECT imaging includes multiple brain scan photos that nicely support his theories. But the most satisfying element of this well-researched presentation occurs in the final half of the book; here, Amen thoroughly explores the biological (diet, exercise, medication), psychological (from personal coaching to psychotherapy), and social support (parenting and school strategies) needed to heal each type of ADD. This book will prove a valuable tool for parents, adult sufferers, and medical professionals seeking practical support for managing this increasingly recognized condition. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, a psychiatrist, and the director of clinics in California, Washington state, and Virginia. In addition to operating a private practice, he is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He is the author of Healing ADD, Healing Anxiety and Depression, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this man is a snake oil salesman March 11 2002
i am a psychiatrist in the bay area. i have seen many patients who have been taken to the cleaners by this man. he is taking snippets of science and feeding back a gumbo of non-useful information to vulnerable patients and familes. he charges exorbitant fees for work-ups that are superfluous and then makes vague, all-encompassing recommendations. he does none of the treatment himself. he is a charlatan. do not buy this book and add to the fortune of this dangerous man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY BOOK YOU NEED... Oct. 9 2013
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Everybody working with people ought to read this finaly operating info on the subject... FINALY!

This is a devinite advancement for our societies and famillies...

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This book is written with some medical language, but even if you do not resonate with that, the message is still easily understandable. This book has helped me understand and feel more compassion for those who have ADD.
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As an Adult ADDer, I was extremely pleased with this book - it explained everything in basic, easy to understand terms! It shows how ADD is more than just hyperactivity and boys and kids! It contains a self-test to review with your own doctor and info about all kinds of medications most doctors aren't aware of that help with the different kinds. He also lists natural and other alternatives, the standard and additional extensive list of resources and help (from support groups, on-line and in person, to a list of physicians familiar with his research). If you can only afford (time and money) to get 1 ADD book - make this the one!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable research and equivocation July 19 2004
This book was a big disappointment. Using brain scanning imagery AMEN has deduced that there are six types of ADD. I find his taxonomy questionable, and while I don't object to anecdotal evidence to support medical views, Amen turns very slight differences in behavior into major types of diagnoses. The descriptions of the various types interweave to the point that the differences among them are very slight. Why six? Why not 60? Amen's selective perception seems to be pseudo-science and reductionist to me. The traits for the six types overlap, and one could easily fall into three or four of them. His suggestions regarding diet are laughable: he recommends a healthy well balanced diet as a component to "healing" ADD. Well, now isn't that the most innovative idea about improving one's health: a good diet?!?!?! The term in the title seems to be more marketing ploy than accurate empirical statement. I do recommend the book SCATTERED by Gabor Mate, a physician with ADD. That book is far more informed, holistic, thoughtful, incisive. It is also very well written. The style and methodology of Amen's book makes the DSM-IV seem as though it were written by God him/herself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most wondeful book I have ever read! Dec 18 2002
By Gar
If you are an adult with ADD, paticularly "non classic ADD" this book will change your life.
You have to have a certain amount of academic ability to understand the early parts of the book but if you are intrested in the neuroscience of why you are different this book is a fantstic breakthrough.
If you aren't interested in the case histories at the front of the book then just do the test to find out which kind of ADD you have and then read the chapters on medication, herbal treatments and practical advice for your day to day life.
I have read almost every ADD book for adults on the market and this is the first one to address my problems with sleep! This was fantastic for me.
Also in New Zealand where I live most medications for ADD are not available and this has been extremely frustrating for me.
Dr Amens advice about herbal supplements helped me to find a supplement that has also helped me immensely.
I have Inattentive ADD and Overfocused ADD and Dr Amen's descriptions describe my life more perfectly that any other book I have read. Most books just focus on the "classic hyper ADD male (or sometimes female) but ignore the rest of us who DO have very serious problems in life.
If you are the mother of an ADD child this book proves the physical existance of ADD once and for all and the tips at the back will really help your child when they become a teen and adult. Also the chapter on herbal supplements is not written by one of the many many people trying to sell you a snake oil cure for ADD but by a doctor who knows how herbal treatments REALLY work on the brain because he has seen the physical evidence.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hargray Sept. 14 2003
By A Customer
I was the terror of the neighborhood, failed grade 1,
dropped out of high school after grade 10, then after the
army, 3 teachers talked me into returning to school. A
VERY difficult journey began - hard to concentrate, memory
problems, hyperactivity, and etc. It took a LOT of help,
but ultimately I received a BA, MEd, and Ph.D. I became a
chief of psychology in a psychiatric hospital, teacher,
therapist -- and then at 46 years of age, I was diagnosed
with ADHD. Suddenly, "everything" made sense, as the
disorder was 'classic' to how I had behaved, thought,
struggled with relationships, and etc. MEDICATIONS
comletely turned MY life around (as my wife, friends, and
work associates would affirm) - they don't work for everyone,
but for me, it was like a miracle from heaven. Of course, the
anti-medication zealots will not wish to believe this, but
my experience is like that of so many others I have seen IN MY
PRACTICE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST. When medications work, they
really do a great job. When they don't, the experience can
be very disappointing, and anger can run high. I also
conducted over 500, 1-day seminars in almost every state in
the USA, and provinces in Canada (this took place over a
14 year period). Having said all of this - the absolute
best book in the field, based on my having read scores of books,
articles, and my experiences factored in, is Dr. Amen's book!!!
I have, in fact, cleared out about 80% of all the AD/HD
literature I had, and Dr. Amen's book remains my favorite.
It is the ONLY book I now recommend to individuals who ask
for my opinion, as a psychologist WITH ADHD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gold mine of information
This book is the most comprehensive source of information on ADD available.
The basis of the treatment techniques, SPECT scans, is also revolutionary in its approach and... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by BBS
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't trust this guy
I have no doubt that Dr. Amen has a lot of experience with SPECT scans, and ADD. I worry that his conclusions haven't been reproduced or confirmed indepedently outside his... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by C. Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on ADD for parents
Dr.Amen's research has brought us to a new understanding and hope for children with ADD. Every parent who reads this book realizes what their options and alternatives are to... Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by William C. Lowe
3.0 out of 5 stars I got this for my dad...
And he is as hyper as ever... being a "ring of fire" type. But... this is the problem... if someone has that severe of ADD, how can you make them sit down and read this book... Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Lindsey A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Amen's book helped change my (daughter's) life!!!
My daughter will be eleven this month. About a year ago, I found this book quite by accident while browsing ADD topics on MSN. Read more
Published on April 6 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and validating
Dr. Daniel Amen describes several sets of ADD symptoms, illustrating them with images of abnormal brain activity in those who suffer from the symptoms. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST ADD book out there!
If you have anything other than "Classic hyperactive ADD" this book will finally give you an understanding of who you are and why you are the way you are. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Gar
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST ADD book out there!
If you have anything other than "Classic hyperactive ADD" this book will finally give you an understanding of who you are and why you are the way you are. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Gar
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