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Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD Paperback – June 4, 2002
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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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Some of the negative reviewers sound very defensive about the way Dr. Amen portrays life with ADD. If you don't have the types of problems that are common to ADD adults, then consider yourself blessed and move on. For the rest of us, though, Dr. Amen lays out a multi-dimensional plan on how to cope with the negative behaviors caused by ADD. Just being aware that many of these behaviors were ROOTED in the ADD helped me tremendously, especially to stop beating myself up for being such a loser who couldn't control things in my life. Beyond that, though, the coping tools that Dr. Amen put together in this book have been a Godsend to me. I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. In fact, I have several copies that I have sent out to friends and family who it has also helped a lot.
UPDATE: I have been through this book dozens of times now, and have sent it out to quite a few people who seemed to have a skewed view of ADD/ADHD and how it can be helped.
MEDICATION IS NOT THE ONLY ANSWER for coping with ADD/ADHD. In some cases, it is a necessity, but it doesn't have to work alone. If you read this book, you'll see that Dr. Amen offers sold help in other areas BESIDES medication, such as nutritional support based on the type of ADD/ADHD that you or your loved one has, and best of all, some really solid coping skills that you can start using the second you pick up the book. For example, there are some things you can do that are basic to human life, but by tweaking them a little, your life can be just a little more comfortable in coping with ADD/ADHD. Specifically, the way you breathe, specifically under stress, can make a huge difference in how your body reacts to the stress you are under. The same goes for the wording you use with your own self-talk, as well as how you handle and react to other people.
There is so much more than what I can address in a review, but if you or someone in your life has ADD/ADHD, please consider getting this super-informative and extremely helpful book. Good luck to you!
I'm 50 years old. And for forty eight of them I have been dealing with untreated ADD.
In the last two years I have been to see a general physician and two psychiatrists for treatment of my ADD.
The first physician took me through a regretful barrage of anti-depressants before trying Adderall after I suffered a near nervous breakdown from the stress of life in a non-stressful life style. When the anti-depressants didn't do the trick, he placed me on Adderall.
Once he started me on Adderall things were going great for me. But then my employer's doctor said I needed to be treated by a psychiatrist, and cleared by the psychiatrist as being safe to perform my employment activities safely.
The first psychiatrist cleared me as being safe, but would only treat me with one medication. That medication wasn't Adderall and it was ineffective. So I had to go find a psychiatrist that would treat me with Adderall. The second psychiatrist is treating me with Adderall, but not in the dose that was originally effective, and refusing to increase the dose.
Healing ADD gave me the knowledge to know I have been dealing with unqualified doctors. None of the doctors I have seen have considered using more than one medication, none of them have mentioned anything about natural supplements, none of them have mentioned anything about cardiovascular exercise, none of them have mentioned anything about altering my diet, none of them have mentioned anything about personal counseling, and none of them have mentioned anything about more than one form of ADD.
After taking the test in Healing ADD, I learned that due to genetics, and probably the effects of a head injury in an auto accident at the age of 18, I am in the higher range of two types of ADD, and the lower range of three other forms of ADD.
Healing ADD taught me various things I could be doing on my own to enhance the effects of the low dose of Adderall the doctor is prescribing me at this time. Things such as natural supplements, dietary changes, and exercise. I have implemented them and I'm seeing improvements.
I still have some of the symptoms of ADD that the Adderall, natural supplements, diet, and exercises aren't overcoming. So although the things that I have learned about in Healing ADD are improving the effects of my present medication, I feel there is still room for improvement. So at this time I'm in search of a psychiatrist that knows there are more than one form of ADD, and more than one way of treating it. And with the knowledge I have gained from Healing ADD, I now feel qualified, to know "when the doctor is qualified," to treat me.
As a footnote, Healing ADD has given me tremendous knowledge about the brain in general, and why people act the way they do. I think ADD is more wide spread that it is thought to be. People just don't know enough about it to detect it in themselves, their children, or their spouses. And because of that lack of knowledge, there are a lot of people that are miserable, without a hint of why, or how to eliminate it. ADD may be why the divorce rate is running at a 50% rate these days. And since it is passed on genetically from one generation to the next, it's only going to get worse if not realized and corrected. I now see symptoms of it in my adult daughter and have ordered her a copy of Healing ADD so she can stop it before it causes her any more difficulties and possibly destroys her marriage.
I consider this a "must read" book for everyone. Especially school teachers, family physicians, clergy members, supervisory personnel, police officers, judges, lawyers, and anyone in the field of administration. It will help you look into the minds of the people you know and deal with on a daily basis, or people you must place judgment upon, and help you understand their actions.
Do yourself, your family members, and everybody around you a favor, "read it." The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Mine was for 48 years. ADD may not yet be curable, but thank God it's treatable. And Healing ADD will let you know which doctors are qualified to treat you or a family member, and which ones aren't.
Dr. Amen takes a completely opposite approach to ADD and ADHD than other psychiatrists/ psychologists. He looks at the physical attributes of ADD/ADHD and divides it into six catagories.
Included is a test for the person suspected of having ADD/ADHD, and the person who knows him or her best for comparison. This is much more thourough than any test I have been given.
He does not just recommend throwing drugs at the problem, he gives alternatives such as diet and exercise.
It is very easy to read and very interesting. If you or someone you know has ADD/ADHD or suspects they have ADD/ADHD this book is a must have.