Summary & Study Guide – Healing Anxiety and Depression by Lee Tang

The must-read summary of “Healing Anxiety and Depression,” by Daniel G. Amen, MD, and Lisa C. Routh, MD.

Summary & study guide – healing anxiety and depression

Understanding and Healing Anxiety and Depression
The must-read summary of “Healing Anxiety and Depression,” by Daniel G. Amen, MD, and Lisa C. Routh, MD.

Anxiety and depression are a huge problem for millions of people. Compounding the problem is the mistaken belief that these disorders result from bad character or weak will. Recent cutting-edge brain science has shown that they result from brain dysfunction, and if we can diagnose and treat them, we can improve the patient’s quality of life.

Dr. Daniel Amen has spearheaded the use of brain SPECT imaging to uncover the connections between the brain and behavior. These imaging studies have revealed the major anxiety and depression centers of the brain and helped him develop new, effective approaches to diagnosis and treatment. 

This book summarizes these exciting discoveries and the treatment regimens used. 

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Genre: STUDY AIDS / Book Notes

Secondary Genre: PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health

Language: English

Keywords: Mental illness, anxiety, depression, brain injury, diet and nutrition, genetics, hormones

Word Count: 21,400

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Anxiety and depression are major public health problems that are reaching epidemic levels in the United States. Untreated anxiety and depression rob people of their lives through suicide and self-destructive behavior. Suicide is often the outcome of an untreated or ineffectively treated anxiety or depressive disorder. In 2015, it was the 7th leading cause of death for males and the 14th leading cause of death for females. It was the 2nd leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 34 and the 3rd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 14.

The embarrassment and stigma associated with having a “mental illness” often prevent people from seeking help. A 2001 UCLA study showed that fewer than one-third of people suffering from anxiety and depression receive medical treatment. The era of managed care has forced primary care physicians to treat illnesses for which they don’t have adequate training. These well-meaning doctors often take a simplistic approach to anxiety and depression, assuming that one treatment fits all, which leads to many ineffective treatments. 

Until recently, psychiatrists diagnosed anxiety and depression based on symptom clusters rather than underlying brain dysfunction. Ignoring brain function limits their diagnostic accuracy and ability to treat these illnesses. 

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