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Healing Anxiety And Depression

Dr. Daniel Amen-a pioneer in uncovering the connections between the brain and behavior-presents his revolutionary approach to treating anxiety and depressive disorders. Healing Anxiety and Depression reveals the major anxiety and depression centers of the brain, offers guidelines and diagnostic tools to determine the specific type of anxiety and depression, and provides a comprehensive program for treating each type. Based on new brain science-and featuring treatment plans that include medication, diet, supplements, exercise, and social and therapeutic support-this groundbreaking book will help readers conquer these potentially devastating disorders and change the way they think about anxiety and depression.
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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. Lisa C. Routh, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist with special training in neurology, general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and functional brain imaging. She lives in Houston, Texas.


Based on the work done in the Amen Clinics, this program presents information on a variety of depression and/or anxiety disorders. It argues that a major component of these diseases is a failure of part or parts of the brain to function normally. Evidence is presented on why it is important to include brain scans that test the function rather than just the physical structures of the brain as an important diagnostic tool. Seven major disorders are described along with symptoms and current treatment. Specifically, the authors address the kinds of medications that may or may not be useful in treating these conditions. They also counsel that medication alone is not usually successful and explain the importance of individual and family counseling, behavior modification, and other interventions. The data is complex yet comprehensible. Amen admits that the use of SPECT scans is still not generally accepted by many in the medical community and that insurance companies may not cover them. Expertly read by Alan Sklar, this program is highly recommended for all public library and consumer health collections.-Kathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Help and hope for anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression."

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