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Neuropsychiatrist Dr Daniel Amen's surprising and effective brain prescriptions that can help heal your brain and change your lifeTo uell Anxiety and Panic ¸  Use simple breathing techniues to immediately calm inner turmoilTo Fight Depression ¸  Learn how to kill ANTs automatic negative though Your brain is the hardware of your soul Dr Daniel AmenAfter 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 techniues such as EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing to invasive and controversial treatments including the SPECT scans done at the author's private clinics While selective readers might benefit from some of his suggestions it may not be easy to sort facts from opinions and objectivity from salesmanship That said I believe it may be healthy for the English speaking public just to have a book in the book stores entitled Change Your Brain Change Your Life Serious brain science has only been around for a couple of decades and most people still aren't aware of the biological basis of behavior much less the fact that we can have a great deal of control over our thoughts feelings and even physical structure of our brains

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BRAIN PRESCRIPTIONS THAT REALLY WORKIn 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 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 treatmentsHe does not balance his pro drug argument with the conseuences of misdiagnoses negative side effects and so forth Every time he names the brand of a drug it feels like a product placement which distracts and undermines the sincerity of his recommendations Amen inserts his personal opinion alongside his professional neurological opinion namely on music He praises church choirs and ridicules rock music for influencing violent behavior yet he fails to back up this statement with any studies data or research The correlation is unfounded Whatever useful scientific information a reader could have gleaned from Amen it is overshadowed by the author's personal biased opinion I do not recommend this book

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TsTo Curb Anger ¸  Follow the Amen anti anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rageTo Conuer Impulsiveness and Learn to Focus ¸  Develop total focus with the One Page MiracleTo Stop Obsessive Worrying ¸  Follow the get unstuck writing exercise and learn other problem solving exercises 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 hookedand decided to review what I learned in the presentations by reading his bookDr Amen is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has used new brain imaging techniues to study brain activity As he explains which parts of the brain control which behaviors and emotions he is able to determine and diagnose problems in brain function which underlie a patient's behavior But as he explains how the brain works he also gives prescriptions to follow to maintain a healthy brain He talks about how medications are used and how they work on the damaged brain and gives recommendations for exercise and nutrition that can optimize brain function He illustrates how nicotine alcohol brain injury from concussion and alzheimer's disease can weaken or damage certain areas of the brain and interfere with proper function I am not sure how I can use this information to change my life but at least I will have gained some insight into how others behave Maybe I'll be a little patient a little accepting and less judgmental Or at least I won't take everyone so seriously

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Change Your Brain Change Your Life
  • Daniel G. Amen
  • English
  • 23 August 2019
  • 9780812929980

10 thoughts on “Change Your Brain Change Your Life

  1. says:

    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 treatmentsHe does not balance his pro drug argument with the conseuences of misdiagnoses negative side effects and so forth Every time he names the brand of a drug it feels like a product placement which distracts and undermines the sincerity of his recommendations Amen inserts his personal opinion alongside his professional neurological opinion namely on music He praises church choirs and ridicules rock music for influencing violent behavior yet he fails to back up this statement with any studies data or research The correlation is unfounded Whatever useful scientific information a reader could have gleaned from Amen it is overshadowed by the author's personal biased opinion I do not recommend this book

  2. says:

    Wow I picked up this piece thinking it would be some Dr Phil level 'common sense' read unresearched brow bashing advice pieceInstead I found it a detailed well balanced academicpractical 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 negativeIt was refreshing to find an popular author who wasn't automatically against psycho active drugs Too many 'experts' preach anti medication philosophies without any expertise in the area Dr Amen is not drug pusher however at the end of the chapters on specific disorders he provides great advice for both sufferers and those close to sufferers that is both non judgmental but also realistic and honestPersonally I find neurobiology heavy going but this book provided plenty of straightford information about behaviour and while one might not remember the function of every brain area the basic ideas and information are absolutely vital for anyone concerned with their own or other's behaviour

  3. says:

    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 badI was going to give this book 2 stars or MAYBE 25 but eventually I had to call it at 1 Let me explainI 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 the brain contribute to what things and how when these parts are damaged by head injuries trauma or what have you personalities changeare formed The author outlines a method of study diagnosis and treatment where a doctor scans parts of the brain while they are in use to determine whether they are functioning normally or not Based on the findings of the scan the author then prescribes activities or medication to address the part of the brain that is malfunctioning rather than the behavioural symptoms Essentially the author claims that a lot of what we think of as “psychological problems” actually are physiological problems and unless we recognize them as such we'll never get anywhere I again state that this idea has the potential to help a lot of people But not the way this author writes or thinks about itThere is a LOT of specious science in this book The author draws a lot of conclusions that are clearly based on his view of the world not on real science Put a different way a lot of what he refers to as normal brain functioning has to do with his worldview than any objective or even commonly held assumptions about normative or appropriate behaviour This by the way is true of mostmany scientists They aren't even aware of how their bias plays out in the experiments they conduct That's why I was originally going to give this book 2 stars It had potential and I was originally willing to overlook the fact that there is some bias in the studies However I couldn't overlook the fact that the author is just kind of an old fashioned close minded douchebag For example he spends a lot of time talking about women and how we're pretty crazy especially when we are on our period This is not only offensive but he also subtly couches his perceptions as real science Certainly mood disorder due to hormonal imbalances are factually real and problematic for many women Yet the way this author discusses these issues doesn't feel balanced or fair and seemed to show that this author is a sexist jerk PLUS he believes in and supports stupid fake diagnosis's such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder which are completely bullshit or at least incredibly problematic Here is an article in Psychology Today talking about this diagnosis and why some doctors don’t believe in it Clearly I found all the issues frustrating but I was originally willing to keep on reading Yet all bad things must come to an end and the straw that broke this bitchy camels back came when he began talking about heavy metal This author claims that it's no coincidence that most teenagers who come to psychologists seeking help for mental health conditions listen to heavy metal He explicitly states that Some music is bad for your child and can HARM them Emphasis his He goes on and on about how parents need to protect their children from the harmful influence that is heavy metal He claims that negative words are causing mental illness in your children These are all direct uotes from the author by the way I was overcome with half hatred and half amusement Part of me was like ARE YOU SERIOUS and the other part of me was half gleeful wondering OH MAN IS THE NEXT CHAPTER GOING TO BE ABOUT SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE???? All joking aside I am genuinely alarmed by a doctor who in this day an age would feel comfortable and confident claiming that a musical genre causes mental illness and trauma I feel this particular part is the best evidence to support my claim that the author is both old fashioned and strangely biased I think we all pretty much agree Ozzy Osbourne is just a mumbling old man and Metallica are just money hungry guys and none of the music any of these people wrote did any meaningful or lasting damage to the generation of people who grew up listening to them Put a different way how can I take this author’s notions of what is “normative and healthy seriously when they are so obviously at least partially disconnected from reality?In summary the science might have potential but this book does not

  4. says:

    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 newThat rant on other reviewers aside this is a good book Dr Amen does a great job of talking about SPECT scans and describing the main sections of the brain He then describes what the parts of the brain do what kind of symptoms an overactive or underactive portion would cause and a checklist for determining what your brain might look like He offers remedies from brain exercises to diet suggestions to calming techniues that can help normalize the brainBesides a self help book it's very interesting as a means of profiling people If you're someone who tends to be judgmental this book might help you understand how important the brain affects behavior If the brain is not working properly the person won't be working properly Someone may appear hostile and ugly or have OCD or appear to be lazyand these actually are biological conditions correctable but part of the brain Dr Amen does a great job of illustrating this in several examplesTwo minor complaints Like so many book of this type so much pre time is devoted to the topic of why you should read this book when a preface or dust jacket review should suffice Also Dr Amen is a brain specialist and an active psychiatrist who prescribes medicines Likewise he mentions drugs he prescribes numerous times throughout the book Having read counter points on this I am leery of the use of brain medications in spite of Dr Amen's elouent defense of them To his credit the author never recommends them as a first resort but only as a last resort or in extreme casesWhether you're already a self proclaimed expert in this topic or not I think this is an enlightening and helpful book

  5. says:

    Your brain is the hardware of your soul Dr Daniel AmenAfter 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 techniues such as EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing to invasive and controversial treatments including the SPECT scans done at the author's private clinics While selective readers might benefit from some of his suggestions it may not be easy to sort facts from opinions and objectivity from salesmanship That said I believe it may be healthy for the English speaking public just to have a book in the book stores entitled Change Your Brain Change Your Life Serious brain science has only been around for a couple of decades and most people still aren't aware of the biological basis of behavior much less the fact that we can have a great deal of control over our thoughts feelings and even physical structure of our brains

  6. says:

    I have bipolar disorder and this book helped give me 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 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 to me and help me determining things about myself that I didn't realize

  7. says:

    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 fancy way of saying how your brain operates Each psychological problem listed above is characterized by a particular pattern in the brain People suffering from depression for example demonstrate heightened activity in the limbic system There is a physical basis for the problem not just how you're feelingWhat makes the book especially valuable is that Amen gives prescriptions based on his extensive practice for each disorder a set of steps that can help you strengthen the brain that isn't working uite

  8. says:

    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 hookedand decided to review what I learned in the presentations by reading his bookDr Amen is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has used new brain imaging techniues to study brain activity As he explains which parts of the brain control which behaviors and emotions he is able to determine and diagnose problems in brain function which underlie a patient's behavior But as he explains how the brain works he also gives prescriptions to follow to maintain a healthy brain He talks about how medications are used and how they work on the damaged brain and gives recommendations for exercise and nutrition that can optimize brain function He illustrates how nicotine alcohol brain injury from concussion and alzheimer's disease can weaken or damage certain areas of the brain and interfere with proper function I am not sure how I can use this information to change my life but at least I will have gained some insight into how others behave Maybe I'll be a little patient a little accepting and less judgmental Or at least I won't take everyone so seriously

  9. says:

    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 and psychology What I utterly dislike on the other hand is that the author does not present this as a scientific hypothesis but as a truth than nobody else understands And the book is loaded with personal opinions and beliefs which are also presented as truths He seems like a nice guy enough and fundamentally benevolent I'm sure he has helped a lot of people But still Preventing divorces because of his catholic views using the white straight male christian viewpoint by default in almost every sentence mentionning succesful case studies only in the purest freudian tradition cherrypicking studies that prove his points and recommending supplements like ashwagandha and alternative treatments such as acunpuncture that have never been backed up by any scientific evidence and worst of all his opiniated views on music genres are a bit of a turn off for me

  10. says:

    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 Anyhoo we are trying to incorporate the brain foods that Amen recommended in his PBS presentation into our weekly diet1 Fish salmon tuna mackerel herring2 Poultry chicken and turkey3 Meat lean beef and pork 4 Eggs5 Tofu and soy products6 Dairy products low fat cheeses and cottage cheese low fat sugar free yogurt and low fat or skim milk7 Beans especially garbanzo beans and lentils8 Nuts and seeds especially walnuts9 Berries especially blueberries raspberries strawberries blackberries10 Oranges lemons limes grapefruit11 Cherries12 Peaches plums13 Broccoli cauliflower Brussels sprouts14 Oats whole wheat wheat germ15 Red or yellow bell peppers 16 Pumpkin suash17 Spinach18 Tomatoes19 Yams20 Avocados21 Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 22 Olives23 Water24 Green or black tea

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