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Healing ADD : the breakthrough program that allows you to see and heal the six types of attention deficit disorder
Amen, Daniel G.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2001]

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xxiii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A radically new approach to treating the single most common learning and behavioral problem in America. Commonly perceived as a flavor-of-the-month diagnosis, ADD is, in fact, an enormous health problem that will only continue to grow. It affects fully 6 percent of the population, yet less than one-third of them are taking medication. Why? According to Dr. Daniel Amen, Attention Deficit Disorder is underdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, and poorly understood. Dr. Amen, board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and nuclear medicine, has discovered that there are six types of ADD-not just the commonly known two. Moreover, the most frequently prescribed treatment-Ritalin-makes four of these types worse. Dr. Amen's discovery results from an intensive, years-long study of brain imaging that identified the distinctive brain dysfunctions characterizing each ADD type. Giving guidelines and diagnostic tools for determining which type of ADD an adult or child has, Healing ADD from the Inside Out provides readers with a comprehensive and proven program for enhancing the brain function for each of the six types of Attention Deficit Disorder. Encompassing medications, diet, supplements, exercise, and social support, this is the state of the art in ADD treatment. ADD sufferers often say, "The harder I try, the worse it gets." Dr. Amen tells them how to-for the first time-get well.To listen to an interview with Dr. Daniel Amen, check out

Author Notes

Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, clinical neuroscientist, child and adult psychiatrist, and brain imaging specialist. He is the head of the Amen Clinics. He is the author of numerous books including Preventing Alzheimer's, Healing Anxiety and Depression, Healing the Hardware of the Soul, Healing ADD, Making a Good Brain Great, Sex on the Brain, The Brain in Love, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. Dr. Amen is a co-author of the New York Times Bestseller The\Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life.

Dr. Amen is also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xv
Part I ADD Uncovered
1. ADD in the Real World: Stories Through the Life Cyclep. 3
2. The ADD Storyp. 11
3. Looking into the ADD Brain: The Development of SPECT Imaging in Psychiatryp. 40
4. The Amen Clinic ADD Type Questionnairep. 67
Part II The Six ADD Types
5. Type 1: Classic ADDp. 77
6. Type 2: Inattentive ADDp. 93
7. Type 3: Overfocused ADDp. 101
8. Type 4: Temporal Lobe ADDp. 111
9. Type 5: Limbic ADDp. 131
10. Type 6: "Ring of Fire" ADDp. 141
11. Soft Brain, Hard Skull: Head-Trauma-Induced ADDp. 152
12. ADD in Families: SPECT Studies Across Generationsp. 161
13. Self-Medication, Self-Pollution: ADD and Substance Abusep. 171
14. The Games ADD People Playp. 178
15. The Impact of ADD on Relationships, Families, School, Work, and Self-Esteemp. 189
Part III The Amen Clinic's ADD Brain Enhancement Program
16. Enhancing ADD Brain Function: Effective Interventions for Treating ADD Types, Including Diet, Exercise, Medications, Supplements, and Behavioral Interventionsp. 209
17. Dietary Interventions for ADD Typesp. 223
18. Medication for ADD Typesp. 233
19. Supplement Strategies for ADD Typesp. 253
20. Neurofeedback Strategies for ADD Typesp. 265
Part IV Optimizing the ADD Life
21. Parenting and Family Strategiesp. 277
22. School Strategiesp. 299
23. Sleep Strategies for Getting Up and Going to Bedp. 312
24. Killing ADD ANTs: Thinking Skills for Overcoming Past Trauma, Fear, and Failurep. 319
25. Focused Breathing: The Immediate ADD Salvep. 331
26. ADD Coachingp. 334
27. Self-Hypnotic Reprogramming for Successp. 353
28. What to Do When ADD Treatment Doesn't Workp. 372
29. How to Find the Best Help: A Resource Guidep. 380
Indexp. 413
About the Authorp. 424