Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Change Your Brain Change Your Life

"Change Your Brain Change Your Life" by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

I read this book to see if I could find some insight into my daughter who has been having some difficulties all around. This was an eye opening book for me. Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and a neuroscientist. He does these brain scans on the flow of blood in the brain and finds out all sorts of things. I want everyone I know to get one of these scans! He states that even what is considered a "minor" head injury can damage the brain. The book has pictures of a healthy brain and then other pictures of brains such as drug abuse, ADD, Alzheimer's and such. It is unbelievable the difference. He says that many addicts after seeing the picture of their brain on drugs stop using as they can see how much is being eaten away. It is amazing what the scans reveal and then in turn the medicine and therapy that follows help people finally be able to function in the world. He helps the most extreme cases and even uses the scans for severe marital problems. The book is filled with many checklists and prescriptions. It shows how anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. The book does have a lot of medical jargon but he tries to break it down so the every day person can understand. I found this book fascinating.

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