Shadow Syndromes will help you recognize and cope with the hidden psychological disorders that can influence your behavior and silently determine the course of your life. Millions of people who attribute their daily life problems to bad parents, low self-esteem, or lack of will power are in fact struggling with a shadow syndrome. Drs. Ratey and Johnson explode the idea that these problems are brought on by aberrations in upbringing or relationships, and that they are prolonged by a willful refusal to change. They make it clear that, on the contrary, these patterns have their origins in the inherent structure and chemistry of the individual brain and that understanding our own unique biological makeup is the key to freeing ourselves from biology's bonds.