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Healing Anxiety and Depression: Based on Cutting-Edge Brain Imaging Science Paperback – December 7, 2004
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“More than simply fascinating science, this book can provide help and hope for anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression.”—John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
“A powerful book that will change your opinions forever on mental disease. It provides excellent practical guidelines on how to protect your brain to live a more fulfilling life.”—Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of The Zone
“A book that is groundbreaking in the field of psychiatry and psychology concerning anxiety.”—Earl R. Henslin, Psy.D., Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
About the Author
Lisa C. Routh, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist with special training in neurology, general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and functional brain imaging. Dr. Routh is now at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
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But anyways, I did give the book 5 stars, because regardless of your feelings on the brain imaging techniques, and despite the dismal example of a "success" story, it is inarguable that the book not only describes in detail, very real forms of depression/anxiety and how they can be managed. I am by no means a clinical psychologist, but I do have a master's degree in psychology, and have been a long time sufferer of minor depression and anxiety. I can tell you that depression and/or anxiety is not "one size fits all" and Dr. Amen does an excellent job in his book of detailing the different types. He writes in a vernacular that the general public can comprehend without a medical degree. He also goes on to provide management tips for the different types, including dietary changes, activity habits, etc. I love that Dr. Amen's motto is "skills not just pills" because too many sufferers of mental illness rely too heavily on pills, which is realistically the equivalent of putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Life skills and coping strategies must be implemented in addition to any medications, and Dr. Amen stresses this in his book.
I also like that Dr. Amen provides additional insight as to what substances the different types have a tendency to become addicted to, and behaviors to look out for. I read the entire thing cover to cover, and I feel like if nothing else, it's just such a good reference for anyone struggling to understand their emotional instability or mental illness. If someone is uninterested at first in seeking medication, there are some great tips in here for changes that can be made as a first step towards improvement. A very informative guidebook for both sufferers of such issues, and well as students and professionals in the field. Highly recommend.
This included a self analysis test to narrow down each person's anxiety or depressive issues. I think it was pretty accurate. I especially appreciated the "other" section of the test -- that was where you have some "other" person take it with you, providing their opinion of how you rank in the various catagories. This form of "double check" increased my confidence in the results (my wife was my 'other,' and her answers almost completely agreed with mine, however, several times she did rate my issues as being more serious, probably because she is more objective than I was willing to be).
Anyway, I'm not sure I understand all the science in some parts of the book, but I think it's definitely worth taking a look at.
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You'd be amazed at how your brain can mess up your life and how you can work on changing it (and therefore your life).