The Amen Clinics Method

The Amen Clinics Method represents a true paradigm shift in optimizing and healing the brain. We believe it is critical to look at your brain within the context of your life. Our method integrates the important aspects of your life including:

  • Looking at specific biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Brain SPECT imaging at rest and during concentration
  • Lab tests (when necessary)

The Amen Clinics Method gives our physicians a deep understanding to target treatment specifically tailored to your brain and situation.

In studying our outcomes on more than 5,500 patients, the Amen Clinics Method has proven very successful for many and we have some of the best outcome results anywhere, even for people who have been labeled as complicated or treatment resistant.


We need to do better

Today, psychiatry is practiced by many physicians the same way it was 60 years ago: A doctor assesses your symptoms, forms a diagnosis based on those reported symptoms, and then prescribes a medication at a dosage that may or may not work. From there, it’s a matter of watching to see if he or she got it right. Many times patients will get multiple diagnoses and prescriptions before they find relief – if at all. Treatment success rates have not improved in decades, even though technology and science have progressed dramatically.


At Amen Clinics, we see the condition of every patient as a result of 4 primary factors or circles, all of which can have a meaningful impact on mental health: your biology, psychology, social life, and spiritual life. We have designed our intake process to look at each of these circles. This allows us to truly understand you.



Imaging and neuropsychological tests tell us how your unique brain functions. If deemed appropriate, specific blood tests can tell us more about the quality of your health.


How can we know what is going on with your brain unless we look? SPECT images tell us 3 important things:

  • Areas of the brain that work well
  • Areas of the brain that don’t work hard enough
  • Areas of the brain that work too hard

SPECT images provide extremely valuable insight: They connect the dots between your brain function, behaviors and symptoms, which helps our doctors create an individualized treatment plan that is effectively targeted to meet your needs.


We use 2 neuropsychological tests (Conner’s Continuous Performance Test- II and WebNeuro) to give us additional details about how your brain is working

  • The Conner’s Continuous Performance Test- II helps to assess focus, response speed and impulse control
  • WebNeuro measures domains of function in thinking, feeling, emotion, and self-regulation; including tests for mood, anxiety, attention, and memory.

Your biological state plays a powerful role in your mental health. For instance, if your hormones are out of balance, your mood and mental clarity will be out of balance too—and no amount of antidepressants or stimulants are going to help

If deemed appropriate, we will order a set of diagnostic lab tests to measure your basic health numbers, and depending on the circumstances, we may also order genetic markers or more extensive testing.


At the Amen Clinics, we understand that no two people are alike, and treatment is not one-size-fits-all, especially in psychiatry.

With a complete picture of your biological, psychological, social and spiritual health, together with SPECT imaging, neuropsychological tests and labs when appropriate, our doctors will provide you with a personalized, targeted treatment plan geared toward your symptoms and your brain.

Based on your needs and desires, your plan may include a combination of different treatments such as:

  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Exercise
  • Nutritional Interventions

… And More



During the last 25 years, we have performed more than 125,000 brain SPECT scans on patients from 111 countries and have seen how carefully made diagnoses and targeted personalized treatment can literally and dramatically change people’s lives.

Recently, our experience was clinically confirmed in a major study involving more than 500 patients from the Amen Clinics:

  • After 6 months of treatment, 77% of these patients were better across all measures
  • 85% reported having a better quality of life

And the results were even higher when the patients carefully followed their treatment plan!


Did you know that some psychiatric medications are actually toxic for brain function? As we formulate individual treatment plans, our doctors follow a simple guiding precept: Find solutions that will treat the condition most effectively while imposing the least possible toxicity.

We offer many natural therapies and robust support for patients as they make brain-healthy life changes. Where medication is indicated and appropriate, Amen Clinics’ doctors are able to prescribe them.

boosted brain RESERVE and happier life

Your Amen Clinics evaluation and treatment plan will empower you with the tools you need to optimize your brain function. You will learn how to love and care for your brain through healthy lifestyle strategies, including physical and mental exercise, a brain healthy diet, eliminating toxins, improving sleep, and supplementation or medication (if necessary). This combination of treatment methods will help you boost your brain’s reserve; giving you greater resilience in times of stress, improving your overall functioning and leading you to a more balanced, productive and happier life.

When your brain works right, you work right. When your brain is troubled, you are more likely to have trouble in your life.

- Daniel Amen, M.D.

Imaging Changes Everything.

Find out if the Amen Clinics Method is right for you.
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