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“Learn the secrets of a balanced brain from a physician who has experience examining 50,000 scans of patients. Compare a failing mind to a brilliant brain and learn how to move in the direction you desire.”
—Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., bestselling coauthor of You: The Owner’s Manual

“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 utilize 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 comprehensive library of brain imaging technology. If you want a better and more fulfilled life, this book is a must-read.”
—Barry Sears, Ph.D., bestelling author of The Zone

“Dr. Amen is without a doubt our nation’s leader as a top clinician/researcher who has the gift of making the complexities of reaching brain health and potential understandable by everyone. . . . Magnificent Mind at Any Age is a gift for the baby boomer who is now facing how to live the rest of his or her life and for young parents who want to make sure that they are providing the best they can for their children and teens. Everyone will find Magnificent Mind at Any Age a great resource.”
—Earl R. Henslin, Psy.D., 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 material in a way that’s easy to understand and, better yet, to put into practice.”
—Hyla Cass, M.D., coauthor of Natural Highs

“A user’s manual to care for our precious brain. If you have a brain, buy this book!”
—Mark Hyman, M.D., bestselling author of UltraMetabolism

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About the Author

DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has won several writing and research awards. He is a regular contributor to Men's Health and has published nineteen books, numerous professional and popular articles, and a number of audio and video programs. His books include Preventing Alzheimer's, Healing Anxiety and Depression, Healing the Hardware of the Soul, Healing ADD, Making a Good Brain Great, The Brain in Love, and the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of the very popular public television special Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

The Washington Post called Dr. Amen the most popular psychiatrist in America and Sharecare named him the web's #1 most influential expert and advocate on mental health.

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, television producer and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and New York, New York. Amen Clinics have the world's largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 115,000 scans on patients from 111 countries.

Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award given to members, and is the lead researcher on the world's largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects on Saddleback Church's "Daniel Plan," a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations.

Dr. Amen has written, produced and hosted 10 popular shows about the brain for public television, which have been aired more than 100,000 times across North America.

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of 70 professional articles, seven book chapters, and over 30 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Daniel Plan and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain and Healing ADD.

Dr. Amen's published scientific articles have appeared in the prestigious journals of Molecular Psychiatry, PLOS One, Nature's Translational Psychiatry, Nature's Obesity, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Minerva Psichiatrica, Journal of Neurotrauma, American Journal of Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine Communication, Neurological Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Primary Psychiatry, Military Medicine and General Hospital Psychiatry.

Dr. Amen has appeared in movies, including After the Last Round and The Crash Reel and has appeared in Emmy winning shows, such as The Truth About Drinking and the Dr. Oz Show. He has also spoken for the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard's Learning and the Brain Conference, the Department of the Interior, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. Dr. Amen's work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men's Health, Bottom Line, and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children and grandfather to Elias, Emmy, Liam and Louie. He is an avid table tennis player.

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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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124 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Martínez de Arana, Ph.D. on December 13, 2008
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"
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277 of 308 people found the following review helpful By Word Lover on March 11, 2009
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
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By BoJonJovi on January 3, 2010
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.
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