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Getting Unstuck: OCD

Guest Blogger: Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics—Washington, DC Have you ever felt stuck on a thought? Nagged by a worry you simply can’t seem to banish from your mind? Walked down the street with a difficult conversation constantly replaying in your head? Sometimes our busy brains play a scenario over and over […]

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Boredom in ADHD

Guest Blogger: Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics—Washington, DC Jeremy was a bright student who worked hard and succeeded academically. He was bored easily, but he loved to learn and had done exceptionally well at a prestigious university. As a result, Jeremy attained his dream of being accepted to med school. He expected […]

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Recognizing and Addressing Brain Injury

Guest Blogger: Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics—Washington, DC Earlier in my psychiatric career, I was sometimes stumped because I found that some patients markedly improved with treatment, whether via rewriting their stories, implementing mindfulness approaches, talk therapy, psychiatric medications, or other treatments, while other patients didn’t get better at all, or they […]

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Is There an Upside to Depression?

Guest Blogger: Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics—Washington, DC We psychiatrists call depression the “common cold of psychiatry,” because it is common, very common. And since it is so common, many argue that it is too pervasive for an automatic reach for prescription meds. One concern is that we may be medicating away […]

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Don’t Let Your Kids Make This Huge Mistake

Jello. Soft butter. Egg whites. Tofu. Custard. What do these things have in common? They are all similar to the consistency of your brain. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take much force to damage something of this texture. Especially when it is housed in a hard skull with multiple sharp bony ridges! Jarring motions […]

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How Your Brain Can Rewire Itself

Guest Blogger:          Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics—Washington, DC Many people think our brains are set in stone, but in fact our lifestyles and life circumstances always affect that three-pound organ in our head. Brain changes result from many causes, including developmental experiences, emotional traumas, substance abuse, physical brain trauma, infections, and […]

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Healthy Food Rules for Business Meetings

Healthy Food Rules for Business Meetings

The most important asset of any company is the collective brain health of all its employees. When your brain works right you work right, and when it is troubled there is much more trouble in people’s lives and businesses. Healthy nutrition combined with proper lifestyle choices are critical strategies to supporting vibrant employees and businesses. […]

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Discover Magazine Lists Amen Clinics Research as #19 of Top 100 Stories of Science 2015!

This past year, the research team at Amen Clinics, in collaboration with scientists from UCLA, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of British Columbia, completed two research studies on the differentiation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They were both accepted into peer-reviewed journals. The first study, entitled Functional Neuroimaging with […]

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We Must Take Concussions Seriously

At Amen Clinics, we knew about the NFL concussion problem 25 years ago, simply because we were looking at brains. We quickly learned these tragic facts: even mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can ruin someone’s life, and the underlying impact of TBI on mental health problems is missed because most doctors don’t look at the […]

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Video: Dr. Amen and Dr. Majid Fotuhi Discuss How to Have a Healthy Brain Forever

This fall, Dr. Amen had the pleasure of doing a webinar with his friend and colleague, world-renowned neurologist, Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD. If you aren’t already familiar with his work, Dr. Fotuhi is the chairman of the Memosyn Neurology Institute, an affiliate staff member at Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital, and a lecturer at […]

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Violence in the Media: Simple Steps to Help Your Children Feel Safe

Awful headlines have been making their way around the world lately. We’ve all seen them. Beheadings, suicide bombers, attacks in concert halls, even at company holiday parties. Not even our children are immune. As we have seen recently, entire school districts have been shut down due to threats of violence. Parents everywhere are finding themselves […]

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