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a constant, goes away sometimes,but never forgets the way back. thank you dr. amen for stating so factualy that im almost gaurenteed to come down with alzhiemers,since i have family members who have plus ADD. I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION ...why put out info. like that and neglect to offer a way out? does this not make you the bigest a..hole of all-time?


Hey Tomkat,
I know it’s difficult, but try not to worry too much about what you have heard from Dr. Amen.  An important thing that I have learned from many of the courses I have taken (ie. Health Psychology, Neuropsychopharmacology, etc.) is that the factors that lead to things like Alzheimers, cancer and other diseases are quite complex, and anyone who is saying that you are almost guaranteed to get this or that disease is not being a responsible practitioner of medicine.  Doctors can really only speak of things that increase or reduce risk.  If you are concerned about this, talk to your doctor or psychiatrist.  There are things that have been shown to reduce the risk of diseases like Alzheimers, such as exercise, continuing to learn new skills (such as learning an instrument, learning a different language, etc.), and dietary changes.
As for Dr. Amen, he was someone I used to like quite a bit, but I have become more and more wary of him over the past few years.  I know that a lot of his claims have been seriously questioned by other members of the scientific community, and he frequently oversimplifies things.  Take what he has to say with a healthy grain of salt.

Posted by bburgastros82 on Jul 30, 2014 at 8:34pm

I agree with bburgastros82 about becoming skeptical of Dr. Amen.
A second opinion is always in order with anything so significant.

But the question is one pertinent in many areas. I just read a post on a neurology list about being able to detect Parnknson’s decades before symptoms appear. The author asked the question would you want to know that in 10-20 years you would be almost 100% certain that you would start to be affected?

Would you want to know so you could plan for your well being once this starts? To make the most of your life now? or is that something we all should do as life may have a speed bump that derails our plans, our health and future?

We are all going to die. I’m old enough to have age related changes such as menopause. I’m doing all I can to keep myself as healthy and youthful yet must face the facts that there are things I can not do that I could in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s that I can’t at 59.

I’ve had speed bumps that took the life of my late husband 7 years ago very suddenly and harshly. I came close to suicide as life was not living but existing. I woke up one morning wishing I had not and realized I had to make a choice to make, to keep breathing or not. I’d had a dream of reaching for a gun and woke up shaking, knowing I was not ready to die. But if I was going to keep breathing, I was damn well sure going to make it truly living, not existing in agony.

If you look at the reality that we all are going to die, that we are all vulnerable to some mishap that could leave us paralyzed as the mid 20’s young man across the street is from an accident and his wife gracefully lifts him from his wheelchair to the van to go out at times, you may start to know in your own heart and mind that it is how we live NOW that counts.

I’m going to die, I hope a couple of decades or more in the future. I can’t do all I could in my 20’s but there are things I am trying now I didn’t think of to try then such as learning to play an instrument. My life is full, and truly living. I’ve learned to treasure each moment, be grateful for what I have now.

You will die, how will you live now? The future is uncertain. You may live long enough that a cure is found. You may die for other reasons. You have been told something that may be wrong that is causing you to envision only a future not worth going towards some years down the line. Whether that happens or not, you can choose to appreciate whatever health and well being you have NOW. That is all any of us truly have yet most of us never learn this. It took being smacked upside the head with my beloved’s death to understand how much we had wasted in worries over things that never came to pass.

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first! While we live, let us truly LIVE!

I hope that you can find the light in your life to follow back to truly living. It IS a choice. I almost didn’t make the right one. I’m very glad I did.

Posted by Gadfly on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:48am

Thanks for sharing Gadfly.  You make a lot of really great points, and I’m glad that you made the decision to keep living.  I wish you continued happiness!

Posted by bburgastros82 on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59am
Posted by Pinnochio99 on Aug 01, 2014 at 5:36pm

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