Daniel Amen M.D

The book Your Brain At work intrigued me so much about the brain that I was curious how our brain effectively manages itself and thereby manage our life. I learnt to appreciate the mysteries and the working of the brain.

Lessons Learnt from this book are:

  • I learnt about different parts of the brain unknown to me. I learnt that
    • a) Temporal Lobe of Brain is responsible for Anger b)Deep Limbic System is responsible for problems such as Depression and Moodiness c) Prefrontal Cortex is responsible for Attentional and Impulse Control Problems d) Basal Ganglia is responsible for avoiding conflicts e) Cingulate System is responsible for worry and obsessiveness.
  • Daniel Amen has strongly advocated the use of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) a special technique to diagnose the brain problems as this technology shows the problem areas of the brain.
  • The author has discussed the functions of each and every lobe and has cited various problems related to the lobes if it is problematic. Also he has given a checklist of all the problems to help us to identify if we are having any such problems. If you go on reading this, one seriously feel that one have all these symptoms.
  • The author has given this following technique to deal with all these problems such as:
  • FOCUS (focus on the spot) -Count to 20 and close eyes
  • BREATHE (slow deep breaths)- 3 times
  • RELAX (progressive muscle relaxation)
    • eyelids-neck-shoulders-arms-chest-body
  • DOWN (Ride down the escalator)
    • Step on the escalator and ride down slowly counting backwards from twenty.
  • UP (ride up the escalator -count to 10
  • When you get to 10, Open your eyes, feel relaxed refreshed and wide awake
  • VISUAL IMAGERY
  • Many sport coaches and life coaches recommend visualization.

This book is more like a textbook on the working and disorders of Brain. The author has also suggested SPECT as a solution for all these problems. This book is not an easy read so read it only if you are interested in the deep working of brain. But I definitely recommend you to watch the following TED video for quick insight into our brain.

I tend to agree with the statement of Daniel Amen

The psychiatrists are the only medical specialists that virtually never look at the organ they treat?
Think about it!
Cardiologists look, neurologists look, orthopedic doctors look,virtually every other medical specialties look -psychiatrists guess.
Before imaging,I always felt like I was throwing darts in the dark at my patients and had hurt some of them which horrified me.

In general, the book gave me a new perspective about our brain.