I recently got the opportunity to read “This is Your Brain on Joy” by Dr. Earl Henslin for Thomas Nelson as a book reviewer. Thinking the title was a bit cheesy, I nonetheless ordered the book because I was intrigued by its tag line as “A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth”.
Dr. Henslin takes a largely medicinal and spiritual approach to treating disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, and etc. Using Dr. Daniel Amen's method of SPECT scans, which are essentially 3D brain scans that indicate different areas of lower and higher activity, Dr. Henslin focuses on methods of “balancing the brain”. He makes recommendations such as specific over the counter supplements and even prescription drugs.
Dr. Henslin's book is a very interesting read that will definitely expand your understanding of how the brain functions and proven ways of treating it. However, what it will not do is fix all of your problems. My only real problems with this book are twofold: the constant references to Dr. Amen's supplements for sale on his website and the impression given that by following Dr. Henslin and Dr. Amen's tips, you will always be joyous. This is simply not true. However, what Dr. Henslin has recommended will certainly improve your life and help to balance out a lot of problems rooted in the chemistry of the mind. I recommend this book with minor reservations.