Book Review: This is Your Brain on Joy

This is Your Brain on Joy
by Dr Earl Henslin

The book starts out with Dr Henslin’s background and how his family never share physical embraces or expressed visibly any joy and happiness. From the experience of his first hug from a sister-in-law to be and his discovery and exchange of God for God who loves, he talks of his struggles to help his patients and learn about the brain. His fateful meeting with Doctor Daniel Amen and his single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) brain imaging technology gave Dr Henslin newer ways to help his patients. The biggest problem I had with this part of the book was I really felt I was being talked down to. I understand that the concepts needed to be explained in such a way for the reader to understand, but it was a little too basic for my enjoyment. He compared the brain to a house with rooms and cute nicknames that I found hard to follow and I needed to keep referring to his diagrams. As he talks about the different structures of the brain, how each area if damaged, affects the mental health of an individual. It became much more interesting for me.

After getting through his background and the discoveries that SPECT help pinpoint about different mental health issues, he presented a test that with years of development would help pinpoint areas of concern. I took the test and noted two areas of high scores and read with interest how the areas scored were connected to certain behavior. Now Dr Henslin had my attention. Before getting to specifics, Dr Henslin also went over some basic health steps that help the body and the brain, especially moods.

Now it came to certain specific instruction, hints, suggestions and steps for the 5 different problem areas that are revealed by the test. These tips include what was going wrong in each area and how it looked as a SPECT image, Functions that might be impaired, the personality traits, etc. The first section, for instance talked about attention deficit disorder (ADD), how to identify the various types of ADD, by symptoms, the SPECT image, supplements that might help as well as medications that should be considered. He continues with scriptures, quotes, activities to help relax ADD behavior, along with visualizations, music and exercise. He goes through the same style of presentation for the other 4 areas of behavior concerns, addressing problems such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, fears, depression and describes the behavior, the person’s needs and shortcoming, how to deal wisely with that person, in a more constructive manner. A lot of Doctors seem to want to lump behaviors of a type together and treat them the same. Dr Henslin shows clearly that this is very problematic and should be addressed.

Of course, he would love to see SPECT out there everywhere as a tool that will help narrow down the specifics of a behavior problem. He also takes a chapter to explain the real secrets to joy which he discuss in length near the end of the book. These discussions include incidences taken from the bible and from patients he treated. If you could skip the first part of this book, it would be better, but, you need to read the first part and I would urge other readers to stay with it until you get to the meat of his material and explanations. Now the book is helpful and worth the read.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on March 23, 2009.

One Response to “Book Review: This is Your Brain on Joy”

  1. […] Book Review: This is Your Brain on Joy ? Thought Crime By thoughtcrime2 The first section, for instance talked about attention deficit disorder (ADD), how to identify the various types of ADD, by symptoms, the SPECT image, supplements that might help as well as medications that should be considered. … Thought Crime – https://thoughtcrime2.wordpress.com/ […]

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