Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems
480 pages

Dr. Daniel Amen MD is one of the world’s leading psychiatrists. He’s a clinical neuroscientist (love that phrase!) who has performed 115,000+ SPECT scans on his patients’ brains. (That’s a lot.) This book captures what he’s learned about optimizing our brains, why it’s important and how to do it. Big Ideas we explore include #ANTspray, wisdom from Fat Freddie the penguin, how hungry your brain is (did you know it’s 2% body weight but uses 20-30% of calories consumed?), and a bunch of other goodness.


Psychiatrists then and even now are the only medical specialists who virtually never look at the organ they treat. Think about it. Cardiologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, orthopedic doctors—in fact, every other medical specialist—look; psychiatrists guess. Before imaging, I was throwing medicine-tipped darts in the dark at my patients and had unintentionally hurt some of them, which horrified me. There is a reason that most psychiatric medications have black box warnings. Give them to the wrong person and you can precipitate disaster. …

After a quarter century and more than one hundred thousand SPECT scans, the single most important lesson my colleagues and I have learned is this: you can literally change people’s brains, and when you do you can change their lives. You are not stuck with the brain you have; you can make it better, and we can prove it.

~ Daniel Amen, MD from Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Dr. Daniel Amen is one of the world leading psychiatrists.

And, he’s one of the few who use brain imaging technology known as SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) to actually LOOK at the brains of the individuals he sees.

Let’s think about that for a moment: Isn’t it more than a little weird that psychiatrists are the only medical specialists who, as Dr. Amen says, virtually never look at the organ they treat?

I sure think so.

In any case, Dr. Amen and his colleagues have now conducted over 100,000 (!!!) brain scans which has helped him develop a powerful methodology to help us tap into the biggest lesson he’s learned in all his years of research and clinical work: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

In this revised and updated version of his classic book, we get a thorough tour of the brain—learning what can go wrong and how to, as the sub-title suggests, conquer anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, lack of focus, anger, and memory problems.

In the process, we learn how to become Brain Warriors—winning the battle to optimize our brains and thereby optimize our lives and actualize our potential.

The book is PACKED with a scientific tour of the brain and practical Big Ideas on how to optimize. Check it out for all the details. (Get the book here. Bunch of bonus goodies here.)

As always, I’m excited to explore some of my favorite Ideas we can apply to our lives right now so let’s jump straight in!

P.S. I’m typing this 48 hours before Alexandra and I spend a couple days at Amen Clinics. I am absolutely (!) giddy to take a peek under the hood and optimize! :)

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