Magnificent mind at any age Natural ways to unleash your brain's maximum potential

Daniel G. Amen

Book - 2008

It all starts with your brain: how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams. When your brain works right, so do you. When it's out of balance, you feel frustrated, or worse. Yet amid all the advice about how to keep the rest of our body strong and healthy, we hear very little about how to keep the most complex and magnificent organ of all in top working order. Here, Dr. Amen explains in accessible language the range o...f options available, including proper diet, natural supplements and vitamins, exercise, positive thinking habits, and, if needed, medication. He also pinpoints specific ways to tailor behavior, nutrition, and lifestyle to deal effectively with common mental challenges such as memory problems, anxiety and depression, attention deficit disorder, and insomnia.--From publisher description.

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Published
New York : Harmony Books c2008.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 340 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-317) and index.
ISBN
9780307339096
0307339092
Main Author
Daniel G. Amen (-)
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  • Natural ways to heal: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Natural ways to heal: anxiety and depression
  • Natural ways to heal: memory disorders, insomnia, and pain
  • A magnificent mind makes your dreams a reality : Ignite your passion: light up the brain circuits that drive success
  • Make your own miracles: use your brain to define your dreams and make them a reality
  • Know when to apply the brakes: strengthen your brain's internal controls
  • Embrace the truth: liberate yourself from the lies polluting your brain
  • Get unstuck: enhance your brain's ability to change and adapt
  • Develop mental toughness: cultivate a resilient brain
  • Brain trust: enhance your social networks
  • Be a maverick thinker: stop anxiety from allowing others to run your life
  • Create lasting trust: send the signals that build integrity
  • Appendix A: when more help is needed
  • Appendix B: why spect? what brain SPECT imaging can tell clinicians and patients.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

These books make the provocative suggestion that modern medicine can assist readers in improving their minds with strategies and advice to "treat anxiety, depression, memory problems, ADD, and insomnia." Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Life) administers the Amen Clinics, where mental health diagnoses are largely based on a comprehensive database of single-photon emission computerized tomograhy (SPECT) and treatment plans are based on targeted, follow-up psychotherapies under psychiatric supervision. In addition to those methods, Amen emphasizes many all-natural ways—diet, exercise, supplements—to treat mental health problems. Like Amen, best-selling author Hyman (UltraPrevention; UltraMetabolism) promotes a holistic approach to mental health and wellness based on "functional medicine" (FM). FM purports to be the medicine of the future, "a science-based health-care approach that assesses and treats underlying causes of illness through individually tailored therapies to restore health and improve function." Hyman has built his medical philosophy on the seven keys of "UltraWellness," which, in turn, are the keys to the "UltraMind," both of which emphasize the concept that the name of the disease (i.e., the diagnosis) bears little relationship to the cause of the disease. Hyman believes that traditional medical education is too rooted in finding symptoms, making a diagnosis, and then identifying a drug to match that diagnosis. Hyman seeks a "balanced" brain by seeking the proper relationships among detoxification, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Both books are nontraditional and appear to serve mainly as promotion for a proprietary approach to mental disorders, namely, Amen Clinics, Functional Medicine, and trademark UltraSolutions. Discretionary purchases for larger consumer health collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/08 for Hyman.]—James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York [Page 94]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"A magnificent mind starts with a healthy brain," claims psychiatrist Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Mind). His program begins with a nuclear medicine diagnostic—S(ingle) P(hoton) E(mission) C(omputed) T(omography)—of the brain for anyone presenting symptoms of emotional distress or lack of success in personal or professional life. After observing patients' SPECT images for two decades, Amen is certain that problems such as ADD, dementia, alcohol/drug abuse, lack of impulse control, PMS, anxiety/depression, insomnia, memory problems, OCD, stroke, seizures and other disorders are due to damage in one (or more) of the brain's six functional sections from past undiagnosed trauma or short circuits. Amen outlines protocols that include a different combination of dietary change, exercise, natural supplements, prescription medication, talk therapy and positive reinforcement to rebalance and repair each affected part of the brain and its symptoms. His superficial but decent explanation of basic neurological physiology helps readers understand why they act as they do and how they can recover, and develop motivation, creativity, and good social skills to boot. Full of bulleted lists, rules, point-by-point lists of factual information, reproduced SPECT images, worksheets, self-tests, FAQs and individual patients' stories to resonate with readers, this is a useful volume, despite its simplistic writing. (Jan.) [Page 44]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Building on Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, a pioneering physician introduces his revolutionary system for transforming one's life by improving the health of the brain; healing such ailments as anxiety, depression, memory loss, and insomnia without medication; and enhancing motivation, creativity, impulse control, and social skills. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Introduces a system for transforming one's life by improving the health of the brain, healing ailments ranging from depression to insomnia without medication, and enhancing motivation, creativity, impulse control, and social skills.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It all starts with your brain: how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams. When your brain works right, so do you. When it’s out of balance, you feel frustrated, or worse. Yet amid all the advice that bombards us daily about how to keep the rest of our body strong and healthy, we hear very little about how to keep the most complex and magnificent organ of all—the human brain—in top working order.Based on the most up-to-date research, as well as on Dr. Daniel Amen’s more than twenty years of treating patients at the Amen Clinics, where he and his associates pioneered the use of brain imaging in clinical practice, Magnificent Mind at Any Age does exactly that. Dr. Amen shows how many of the traditional approaches to overcoming the mind-centered challenges that hold us back—try harder, work longer, find the sheer willpower—either do not work or may make our problems worse. The true key to satisfaction and success at any age is a healthy brain. By optimizing our brain function we can all develop these qualities of a magnificent mind enjoyed by the world’s most successful and happiest people: • Increased memory and concentration• The ability to maintain warm and satisfying relationships• Undiminished sexual desire and performance• Goal-oriented perseverance• Better impulse control and mastery over potential addictions• Free-flowing creativity and the ability to relax and enjoy life’s pleasuresTo achieve this, as Dr. Amen explains here in clearly accessible language, we have a range of options available, including proper diet, natural supplements and vitamins, exercise, positive thinking habits, and, if needed, medication. In addition to revealing how we can all take advantage of such strategies to enjoy the benefits of a balanced and healthy brain at every stage of our lives, Dr. Amen also pinpoints specific ways to tailor behavior, nutrition, and lifestyle to deal effectively with common mental challenges such as memory problems, anxiety and depression, attention deficit disorder, and insomnia.Whether you’re in the midst of a demanding career or are looking forward to an active and richly rewarding retirement, Magnificent Mind at Any Age can give you the edge you need to live every day to your fullest potential.