Healing Anxiety and Depression

Course Outline

Based on the cutting-edge, brain-imaging science, this book:

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

1. State several reasons psychiatrists don’t look at brain function.
2. List five ways to evaluate brain function.
3. State why two scans are done to evaluate a patient’s brain.
4. Briefly describe the brain.
5. Describe what happens when the limbic system is less active and overactive.
6. List clinical problems associated with the anterior cingulated gyrus.
7. Compare the dominant and nondominant temporal lobe.
8. Describe the prefrontal cortex.
9. List the advantages and limitations of self-report questionnaires.
10. Define dysthymia.
11. Describe overfocused anxiety/depression.
12. Describe “emotional seizures.”
13. State the most likely explanation for the cause of SAD.
14. Define déjà vu.
15. Describe unfocused anxiety/depression.
16. Describe consciousness.
17. Discuss “learned helplessness.”
18. State why depression and anxiety have increased more for women.
19. Discuss the role nicotine and caffeine play in brain studies.
20. Describe Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
21. List the benzodiazepines used to treat pure anxiety.
22. State why TCAs need to be monitored carefully.
23. Describe the side effects of MAOIs when used with mixed anxiety and depression.
24. State why drug holidays are not recommended.
25. Describe lithium used to treat anxiety/depression.
26. State why anticonvulsants are used to treat temporal lobe anxiety and depression.
27. Describe valerian used for anxiety.
28. State the value of fish oil.
29. Define the two types of amino acids.
30. Compare simple and complex carbohydrates.
31. Describe saturated fats and monosaturated fats.
32. List examples of “always” thinking as described in ANT #1.
33. List several red ANTs and describe the most poisonous.
34. State why you should write down automatic negative thoughts.
35. State why, according to Dr. Amen, suicide and suicide attempts are highest in April in the civilian population.
36. Describe the hallmark of unhappy people.
37. Describe how touch is necessary for humans.
38. Describe the tests done when using biofeedback equipment.
39. Describe how the diaphragm aids in breathing, according to the diagram on page 213.
40. List the groups of people with the highest level of life satisfaction.
41. Describe the treatment for PMS.
42. Compare the Baby Blues and postpartum depression.
43. List medical treatments for OCD.
44. State the risks of a lack of estrogen during menopause.
45. List four distinct types of sexual disorders and treatment.
46. Describe andropause.
47. List treatment options for men during andropause.
48. Describe impulsive aggression, compulsive aggression, and explosive aggression.
49. List suggestion for helping a person in denial of a “psychiatric illness.”
50. Compare transient insomnia and chronic insomnia.
51. Discuss teenage insomnia.
52. State the problems with diagnosis including the most frequently misdiagnosed condition.
53. Describe the role of exercise for stress management.
54. Define maintenance therapy.

Course Contents

1. Seeing Anxiety and Depression: Brain SPECT Imaging
2. The Brain Systems That Underlie Anxiety and Depression
3. Determining Your Type: The Amen Clinic Anxiety/Depression Type Questionnarie
4. The Seven Types:
  • Type 1: Pure Anxiety
  • Type 2: Pure Depression
  • Type 3: Mixed Anxiety and Depression
  • Type 4: Overfocused Anxiety/Depression
  • Type 5: Cyclic Anxiety/Depression
  • Type 6: Temporal Lobe Anxiety/Depression
  • Type 7: Unfocused Anxiety/Depression
5. Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment of the Seven Types
6. Effective Treatment for the Seven Types
7. Mindful Medication for the Seven Types
8. Natural Solutions: Supplement Strategies for the Seven Types
9. Food Is a Drug: Dietary Interventions for the Seven Types
10 ANTs and ANTeaters: Cognitive Therapy for the Seven Types
11. The Healing Power of Relationships
12. Gaining Self-Control: Breathing and Biofeedback Strategies
13. Gender Differences in Anxiety and Depression
14. The Darkest Side of Anxiety and Depression: Suicide, Cutting, and Violence
15. A Family Illness: The Impact of Anxiety and Depression on Families
16. Help for Insomniacs
17. What to Do When Treatment Doesn’t Work
18. How to Find the Help You Need: A Resource Guide
19. Summary: Amen/Routh Anxiety/Depression Algorithm
20. 32 Strategies to Overcome Anxiety and Depression
Recommended Reading
Internet Resources


“More than simply fascinating science, this book can provide help and hope for anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression.” — John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“This is a powerful book that will change your opinions forever on mental disease. It provides excellent practical guidelines on how to protect your brain to live a more fulfilling life.” — Barry Sears. Ph.D., author of The Zone

“Dr. Amen and Dr. Routh have written a book that is ground-breaking in the field of psychiatry and psychology concerning anxiety.” — Early R. Henslin, PsyD., Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress

“This is an unprecedented book. Amen and Routh have produced a comprehensive test-book for patients, which is completely readable and well balanced.” — Thomas M. Brad, M.D., assistant clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

“A must read for all who struggle with these widespread emotional conditions, as well as their family members and friends. It should be required reading for psychotherapists and members of the general health care field.” —   David Grand Ph.D., author of Emotional Healing at Warp Speed: The Power of EMDR

“Dr. Amen and Dr. Routh have put together a powerful resource for both clinicians and the general public to assist in the evaluation and treatment of the various subtypes of anxiety and depression.” — Mark Kosins, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine. Western University of Health Science, and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, Irvine

“This exciting reference will doubtless set a new standard for patients and providers.” — Dwaine McCallan, M.D., former senior physician, Buena Vista Correctional Facility, and past assistant medical director, Colorado Department of Corrections

“An invaluable resource for physicians and those interested in establishing optimal mental health.” — Rick Lavine, M.D., Practice of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Mill Valley, California, and consultant to the American Dental Association and the Federal Aviation Administration

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