ISBN# 0425183270
Healing ADD

Publication Date: 2002
Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

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About the Author

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 .


Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Now, using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD, each requiring a different treatment.

  With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, Dr. Amen’s revolutionary approach provides a treatment program that can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, peaceful, and fully functional life.

  Sufferers from ADD often say, The harder I try, the worse it gets."  Dr. Amen tells them, for the first time, how to get well.


“Dr. Amen’s work in this book is like having a personal tour guide into the uncharted territories of your brain. He has broken through barriers that, until now, have limited anyone’s ability to accurately diagnose and treat those suffering from the intricate complexities of ADD. For anyone seeking real answers, you’ve come to the right place.”—Demi Moore

  “Dr. Amen has captured the essence of ADD with real-life examples. His treatment program follows a very holistic, practical approach. I highly recommend this book to all who want the most up-to-date information on ADD from one of the most highly regarded neuropsychiatrists of our day.”—William C. Klindt, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, clinical faculty, Stanford University School of Medicine

  “I highly recommend Healing ADD for parents of children with ADD, adults with ADD, therapists, and physicians. The subtypes Dr. Amen has firmly established will help clinicians everywhere tailor ADD treatments to each and every individual. One size does no fit all.”—George Delgado, M.D., FAAFP. associate clinical professor, University of California, Davis

  “Daniel Amen’s work in SPECT brain imaging, the first major breakthrough in psychiatry and psychology in the last fifty years, brings these fields out of the dark ages and into partnership with other medical disciplines. He takes complex matters of brain function, and helps layperson and professional work together as a healing team.”—Earl A. Henslin, Psy.D., BCETS. American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

  “Thanks to the cutting-edge work of Dr. Amen, I have at long last been properly diagnosed with adult ADD, am on the appropriate medication, am working with an ADD coach, and am seeing each day of my life come more and more into focus. What an unexpected joy! I recommend this book to anyone who has concerns with ADD or even the slightest interest in human behavior.”—Joan Baez

  “For patients, parents, and doctors alike, Dr. Amen’s new book provides a wealth of material on ADD, backed up by illuminating and helpful brain imaging. Clear and readable, and a must for understanding this disorder.”—William R. Collie, M.D., Safe Harbor Clinic for Behavioral Medicine

  “Dr. Amen’s Healing ADD contains a wealth of startling new insights about ADD. A must-read for every professional in the juvenile justice system. A breakthrough work on diagnosing and treating ADD, it is certain to be a classic.”—Thomas C. Edwards, Judge, Superior Court, State of California

  “Healing ADD should be required reading for all clinicians and educators. Dr. Amen’s work should abolish the notion that ADD is merely a myth. His elegant SPECT brain studies make ADD understandable to a three-year-old and have brought psychiatry form “witchcraft” to neuroscience.”—Claire Friend, M.D., child and adult psychiatrist

  “Nearly a third of my practice is filled with adult ADD. Dr. Amen is a courageous pioneer, a conscientious scientist, and a caring physician—a spectacular combination.”—Frank L. Annis, M.D., Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  “Healing ADD provides details on multiple treatment options, including pharmacological, educational, behavioral, and herbal. It is essential reading for those who treat ADD and those who are directly or indirectly affected by ADD.”—J. Kirk Clopton, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Golden Hills Psychiatry

  “Dr Amen’s ground-breaking discoveries make the complexities of ADD easy to understand. His pioneering use of SPECT imaging confirms what other expert clinicians could only suspect. ADD is not a weakness of the human spirit. Readers of his book will understand how to help themselves, family members, or fellow human beings.”—Dennis Alters, M.D., Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist; Author of Wizard’s Way

  “With the tremendous research done by Dr. Amen, we can now measure the physiology that has gone wrong and enable patients to take charge of their lives.”—René Espy, D.C., N.D., Zone Health Associates

  “Once again challenging older concepts about attention deficit disorder, Dr. Amen writes with a clarity, simplicity, and passion I have come to admire. Healing ADD is a worthy extension of Change your Brain, Change Your Life.”—Terence F. McGuire, M.D., psychiatrist

  “Dr. Amen has taken a unique an useful approach in Healing ADD. Providing good direction for designing an effective treatment program, this will be a tremendous aid in understanding and managing the complex needs of those with ADD. An excellent book for clinicians, patients, and their families.”—Richard Gilbert, M.D., psychiatrist



Part I: ADD Uncovered

  1. ADD in the Real World: Stories through the Life Cycle
  2. The ADD Story
  3. Looking into the ADD Brain: The Development of SPECT Imagery in Psychiatry
  4. The Amen Clinic ADD Type Questionnaire

Part II: The Six ADD Types

  1. Type 1: Classic ADD
  2. Type 2: Inattentive ADD
  3. Type 3: Overfocused ADD
  4. Type 4: Temporal Lobe ADD
  5. Type 5: Limbic ADD
  6. Type 6: "Ring of Fire" ADD
  7. Soft Brain, Hard Skull: Head-Trauma-Induced ADD
  8. Self-Medication, Self-Pollution: ADD and Substance Abuse
  9. The Games ADD People Play
  10. The Impact of ADD on Relationships, Families, School, Work, and Self-Esteem

Part III: The Amen Clinic's ADD Brain Enhancement Program

  1. Parenting and Family Strategies
  2. School Strategies
  3. Sleep Strategies for Getting Up and Going to Bed
  4. Killing ADD ANTs: Thinking Skills for Overcoming Past Trauma, Fear, and Failure
  5. Focused Breathing: The Immediate ADD Salve
  6. ADD Coaching
  7. Self-hypnotic Reprogramming for Success
  8. What to Do When ADD Treatment Doesn't Work
  9. How to Find the Best Help: A Resource Guide