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Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

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    Dr. Daniel Amen started using biofeedback and behavior modification as an army psychiatrist in the late 80s. While attending a lecture, he became aware of the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs) in treating children with ADD. This gave Dr. Amen a ¿critical insight: the importance of looking at the brain in different states¿. Thus Dr. Amen became a pioneer in the field connecting ADD and the use of biofeedback and brain imaging. Soon he was introduced to brain SPECT (single proton emission computed tomography) imaging and started using it in his practice. He tried the SPECT on one of his patients at the time and discovered normal brain activity at rest but decreased activity when problem solving. Treatment with Ritalin corrected the problem AND it was all documented by the tests. The patient was thrilled ¿Having ADD is not my fault. It¿s a medical problem, just like someone who needs glasses.¿ Despite continued success, there was still a great deal of resistance to the use of imaging and biofeedback in the medical community. This was frustrating to Dr. Amen and made him angry. ¿How can we not look at the brain? Cardiologists look at the heart. Orthopedic doctors have bone x-rays. We (psychiatrists) deal with the most complex organ in the body. How can we treat it without having information on how it functions? We are the only medical specialists that never look at the organ we treat!¿ Thankfully Dr. Amen was not dissuaded from his continued use of SPECT and biofeedback. For each of the 6 types of ADD described by Dr. Amen, there are real life clinical studies as well as SPECT images of actual patients and the varied treatment for each type. Treatment for each of the types includes dietary changes and supplements, physical exercise, pharmacological medications, environmental changes and behavior modification suggestions. The clinical studies include males, females, children, teenagers, adults as well as brain trauma victims. In addition to dealing with the myths, facts and core symptoms of ADD, Dr. Amen also discusses why ADD is increasing in the population and is underdiagnosed and undertreated. In this book, ADD is recognized as a psychological, biological and social disorder. As such Dr. Amen recognizes that treatment must also be on all levels. The nine chapters on optimizing the ADD life offer a plethora of strategies on parenting and family, school, work and sleep. Also discussed is EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), as well as focused breathing, self-hypnosis and ADD coaching. Despite the extensive `science¿ in this book, it is an easy read. It provides proven practical suggestions to help those with ADD to lead full productive and satisfying lives.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    Buy this book first!

    Has your child been recently diagnosed? Looking for a 'not just meds' solution? Look no further than this book for thorough insight and a positive future for your child and your family living with ADD.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    way to go

    It was very indepth and gave very practical soultions that really work. I especially liked the section on the ANTS (automatic negitive thoughts) I never realized how much I kept myself from suceeding in life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Good except for the 6 categories

    My daughter has a very serious problem sustaining attention but none of the 6 categories Amen describes her at all. The 6 categories group unrelated symptoms together, and I do not think they are valid.<BR/><BR/>Nonetheless, I found the book fascinating, informative, and helpful.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Helped Me To Identify My Son's Specific ADD Type

    Good day all. I highly recommend this book, especially if you're looking for the latest information on ADD, and the six individual types. I guarantee you that by page 15, you'll have already gotten your money's worth... The book starts off with a bang. The information contained in the book will help you in your self-assessment and information gathering processes; it has been worth the less than $20 price I paid.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    Great for those of us with ADD!!!

    It is wonderful to find a book and writer who puts ADD in a positive light!!! Living with ADD can be hard for the individual(s) who has it and those whom deal with us. It has allowed our family to understand our ADD w/o the negativity that is associated with it. We can see the brain and understand that our brain is different. I would say read this book even if you don't have ADD, it will help you understand people with ADD. As Galileo Galilei said, "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    I have ADD >:(

    I was almost insulted by the description. I am a 13 year old with ADD and the description made it sound like ADD is a disease. It isn't! Plus, why would I want to "cure" my ADD? It's a part of who I am, and my friends, teachers, and family still love me for it. Plus, I can get out of awkward situations by just changing the subject and blaming my ADD. I am proud of my ADD. And it's pissing me off that some of the reviews are saying stuff like "it helps us understand them". We aren't aliens, or animals. We're people. We are just as easy to "understand" as everyone else. ADD AND PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    Interesting!

    The ideas are certainly interesting, but they are too neat and tidy for the real world. I think books like this complicate things and make ADHD more mysterious and complex than it really is.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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