Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I just finished reading Healing ADD, by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. - and it's a book I expect to be referring to often, and recommending to others. It's full of fascinating and useful information, and it's also easy to read.
As Dr. Amen says, this book should hopefully "put to rest the debate over whether or not ADD is real by showing the areas of dysfunction in the brain." And we are given tons of information about the 6 types of ADD that Dr. Amen has identified, and how they show up in brain scans.
While Dr. Amen is known for his innovative use of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging, he also spends considerable time on various forms of treatment: medication, diet, exercise, herbs/supplements, biofeedback, ADD coaching, etc.
Dr. Amen encourages those who have (or suspect they have) ADD to work with the best professionals to get appropriate diagnosis and treatment, saying "treatment does not make ADD sufferers different people: It removes the barriers hindering them from being the people they already are."