Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen

Change your brain

Stand Alone: Released 11/3/15: 480 Pages

I received a copy of this book through the blogging for books program for an honest review

More Info & Author Bio

Book Synopsis:

In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, you’ll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You’re not stuck with the brain you’re born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge reseach and the latest surprising, effective “brain prescriptions” that can help heal your brain and change your life:  To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle
To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the “get unstuck” writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises

My review:

I’m afraid this book is not for me.  I requested it on a whim thinking it might help me with my issues with worry, anxiety and depression.  While it still might, I’m afraid it is a much more technical book than what I was looking for.  This is more of the type of book that my husband would be interested in, so guess who is getting a late Christmas gift…  I’m sure this book is chock full of all kinds of helpful information, but being a reader of mainly fiction it is far to dry for my taste and I’m not going to slog through it to dig out the little nuggets that pertain to my situation.  I guess I’m looking for more of a CliffNotes version instead of something that reminded me of a 9th grade biology class.  Granted it is far more advanced, but it felt too much like homework to me.  I’m still going to skim through the sections pertaining to my own personal struggles and hopefully I’ll be able to find some helpful information, but I’m not holding my breath.  I need to find an author on this topic that has a more conversational tone and doesn’t talk over my head.  So for me this is a DNF.

 

My Rating: DNF

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