What Makes Amen Clinics Different

At the Amen Clinics, we help you achieve a “brain-healthy” life through our integrated treatment method of comprehensive assessments, brain SPECT imaging, and brain-healthy habits. Why is brain health so important? Because it affects how you feel, the decisions you make, and the way you think. With a healthier brain, people tend to be happier, healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. In a recent study that followed up with Amen Clinics patients six months after treatment, 85% showed improved quality of life. Compare this to national statistics, which show very poor rates for psychiatric treatment success—on the order of about 30%.

As the most experienced authorities on SPECT imaging in the world, Daniel Amen, MD, and physicians at the Amen Clinics have conducted and analyzed more than 84,000 brain SPECT images in the last 22 years. We hope to meet you and help you soon, just as we have helped so many other people around the world.

The Amen Clinic Orange County serves the greater Orange County and Los Angeles area, including the communities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Laguna, Irvine, San Clemente, Anaheim, Tustin, Orange and many more.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, overeating, addictions, memory issues, brain fog, or other emotional or cognitive issues, we are here to help! Call our Support Center today at 888-208-0037.

Darren M.
15 January, 2016

I had a severe Traumatic Brain injury over 8 years ago. I went to the Amen Clinic and got under the care of Dr. Darmal after 1.5 years of suffering and poor treatment in the traditional medical system. When I took matters into my own hands and got under Dr. Darmal's expert care, I immediately felt better and within only 1 years time, my SPECT scan showed a 50% improvement. It was because I followed Dr. Darmal's treatment plans. Since that time, the entire Amen Clinic staff is always available for me, even late night calls while traveling in foreign countries. Thanks to Dr. Darmal and the Amen clinic, I am a functioning member of society, do volunteer work and no restrictions on any activities of daily living! Thank you, thank you!!!!

Allison C.
5 January, 2016

I usually don't give five stars because there is almost always room for improvement but this is such an important service I did anyway! Our five family members (ages 6-46 years) have all been through the SPECT scan and follow-up process at The Amen Clinics in Orange County, CA. Working with Dr. Darmal, we have been able to identify and begin to address and resolve some very significant issues. These include: severe sleep apnea (undiagnosed up to that point), anxiety, depression, ADHD and help with several learning disabilities. Because of the information we have received at The Amen Clinics we have a much more comprehensive understanding of each of our brains. The kids thought the process was amazing too! It has been a great gift to actually see the evidence on the scans and understand better where our limitations are coming from so as to address them! As noted above, because of the SPECT scan and the extensive personal history that is taken, Dr. Darmal was able to pinpoint that my husband's severe brain deterioration was most likely related to his unaddressed sleep apnea. He convinced him to address the situation with a sleep center, thus possibly saving his life. I had read many reviews before going to The Amen Clinics last year for the first time. When we arrived I was pleased to find a comfortable waiting room, a kids playroom and a very personable and helpful staff! Everyone we have interacted with at The Amen Clinic has been professional throughout our time there. It is not cheap but the knowledge that we have now has been worth every penny and more.

Annette E.
5 January, 2016

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr.Darmal and the Amen Clinics for the past couple of years. It is the best money I've every spent when it came to helping my son! As a parent it helped me understand the issue at hand so that I understood what was going on in his brain and this not only helped my son but allowed me to interact better with him. Knowing what was wrong and having the tools to come out of the corner fighting for him and for himself is invaluable.

Saundra S.
5 January, 2016

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr.Darmal and the Amen Clinics for the past couple of years. It is the best money I've every spent when it came to helping my son! As a parent it helped me understand the issue at hand so that I understood what was going on in his brain and this not only helped my son but allowed me to interact better with him. Knowing what was wrong and having the tools to come out of the corner fighting for him and for himself is invaluable.

Sarah M.
22 November, 2015

I highly recommend the Amen Clinic. My life has changed so significantly, I don't even want to consider where I'd be without all the positive treatment that I've received here. From all the tests, documentation, analyses, brain scans, explanations, follow ups, etc.. I have learned so much about myself and really trust the process. There's no comparison to understanding your body on a chemically, genetically-predisposed, physiological level in order to understand how and why you feel or act on a daily basis. My whole family comes to the Amen Clinic and I truly believe we are a healthier family now that we understand how each other operates on a deeper level. I never felt inferior or embarrassed to enter the clinic - everyone who works there wants nothing more than to help you be successful and healthy. They are kind, professional, patient and knowledgeable. While away at school, Dr. Darmal does phone follow-up appointments with me to see how I'm doing and genuinely cares about my growth as an individual. If you are willing to put in the work to get healthy and overcome the things that are getting in the way of a healthy and happy life.. go to the Amen Clinic because there is nothing like experiencing a changed life.

13 November, 2015

The staff and doctors were amazing. I have never been treated with as much care and concern at any doctors office, like I have been treated here. Hands down the best, most caring and amazing staff available, work here at the Amen clinic. They have truly set the bar. I walk away today with answers that I couldn't get from over twenty doctors and seven plus years and a huge abundance of tests couldn't find a single answer for.

Melissa S.
6 November, 2015

I have been taking my daughter to see Dr. Darmal for a few years. He is treating her autism with a holistic approach including diet, supplements, therapies and a small amount of medication. He recently advocated for her to help place her in the best school to meet her needs. I would highly recommend Dr. Darmal.

Zack Z.
3 November, 2015

I wanted to update this review because I get so many private messages about the Amen Clinic. It's been over a year since I did the original testing and yes, I can honestly say it's the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I don't have insurance so it was straight out of my pocket on a credit card. It was worth every penny! I know which parts of my brain are over and under active so I know what to do. Makes life much easier! They hit on what I needed right away and it has been a big help. The Amen clinic will put you on the right path, but it's up to the individual to walk it. If you don't get the help you need at the clinic, I believe it's because your not doing your part like eating right, getting sleep, trying to manage stress. If you want to get a scan and eat fast food or party too much, it's not going to be as helpful. If your serious about feeling better this is the place. I started following Tana Amen, I'm not much of a cook, but I do her smoothies for breakfast and use the Omni Protein. The protein powder is not cheap and they are frequently out of it, it's worth the effort to track it down. The supplements aren't cheap but they are higher quality and made for specific issues. I have gotten through a very demanding school and can actually remember things now. There is a lot of memorization that I need to do and for the first time in my life I can retain the important details. When I first did the testing at the clinic I missed all but one or two of the memory questions. Major improvement! With school and finances I have a ton of stress but now I'm able to manage it more in the normal range. Stick to the program they give you, it might need some tweaks but stick it out, it's worth it.

Kimberly P.
29 October, 2015

I have been suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome for years. I can't tell you how relieved I am to actually see the areas of my brain that have been damaged. Even more than that...I know what I have to do to restore function back to those areas. If you think you have a problem come to the clinic. Get yourself some help. I now know I can be the person I was before these injuries (9 total concussions). There are beautiful things in my future!!!

S. J.
29 October, 2015

I have been suffering for over a year and Dr. Johnson has offered my family and I hope. My counselor was the first one to recommend this clinic after I had a horrible experience with another psychiatrist. I am so glad that I went. Three days after seeing Dr. Johnson, I was finally put on the right medication and I feel a sense of normalcy. I also feel as if I was listened to. Dr. Johnson has emailed me everyday to check and see how I am progressing on the medication. Wow...what psychiatrist has ever taken the time to do this. I am very thankful for the support. They were worth every penny!

S. F.
27 October, 2015

My son has been coming to the Amen Clinic and in Dr. Darmal's care since 2011. Dr. Darmal is not only a very good clinician (psychiatrist/neurologist) but a real human being who understands the intricacies of diagnosis not just from a clinical perspective but how it affects my son as a whole person and how it overall impacts the family. He truly cares for his patients. He calls during my son's IEP and is a very good resource for us in my son's overall care. My son has a history of TBI and was for years diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental delay not otherwise specified with other coexisting diagnoses of ADHD, ASD, and Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder. My son through a lot of clinical interventions is thriving, nearly typical, plays sports, and a happy, healthy, young adult. Dr. Darmal has been a blessing to us and is central in the health care team support of our child. We are very grateful that we have met him and his wonderful assistants/staff at Amen Clinic who have been there always for us. We look forward to my son going to college in the next couple of years and to continue to work with Dr. Darmal and team at the Amen clinic.

Tosh S.
26 October, 2015

I Came here to deal with my OCD brain mixed with a ton of rage. After getting the treatment, along with 2 scans, I realized this is the place I need to be at. The doctor "MOMAYA" that I talked to, told me everything I needed to know, and it totally made sense. I now have clarification on the details of my soon to be healthy brain. I could not speak more highly of doctor "MOMAYA". Truly an ease to talk to doctor, who knows his stuff. I love the Amen Clinic

Naty G.
18 October, 2015

Dr. Momaya from Amen Clinic is OUTSTANDING. After several years of the wrong diagnosis, the wrong medications that created other issues and countless doctors office visits, Dr. Momaya was able to pin down exactly what was going on with me. His diagnosis and meticulous attention to details has allowed me to thrive now with the right treatments. If you are tired of feeling "wrongly diagnosed" or "off" Dr. Momaya is the doctor for you!

Candice A.
14 October, 2015

My experience has been nothing but wonderful. I absolutely adored Dr. Darmal and felt very comfortable in my appointment. The only thing was that the building was a little difficult to find but other than that the staff was amazing and I highly recommend Dr. Darmal to all my family and friends.

Troy D.
6 October, 2015

Finally, a way to use science to actually see what's going on. No more guesswork and trial and error to see what works and doesn't. Getting the SPECT scans gave me immense relief since I was able to see just what was and, more importantly, what wasn't going on and get answers to questions that have bothered me for a long time. Now I have a definite plan to take control instead of just reacting to symptoms. Thank you Dr. Amen for being smart enough to discover a better treatment, and being driven enough to bring your findings to the world. Thanks also to your trained staff for believing in the treatment and carrying your work on. I'll always recommend your treatment to anyone I see needing the answers. Thank God you're here.

Jaret R.
3 October, 2015

My entire experience with the Amen Clinic has been absolutely wonderful! I began treatment with Dr. Darmal almost 2 years ago. He truly took the time to understand me as an individual and worked with me to get well again. Dr. Darmal is a very kind and easy to talk to. I can honestly say that I don't know what I would have done without him. The office staff at the Amen Clinic has been fantastic. Dr. Darmal's assistant Sarah is always very friendly and welcoming. She has excellent communication and it is clear that she cares about each and every patient just as much as Dr. Darmal. I would highly recommend Dr. Darmal and the Amen Clinic. They have been an essential to improving my overall quality of life.

1 October, 2015

First I would like to compliment the professionalism of all the staff members. Everyone is in such high spirits that instantly puts a smile on your face. I was extremely nervous going through this process but was recommended to see Dr. Darmal. He exceeded all expectations and was able to explain things in terms that I could understand. He instantly made me feel comfortable and gave me hope for my future.

Trevor E.
1 October, 2015

The Amen clinic changed my life! For years I suffered and spent thousands trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Every doctor I went too couldn't identify the problem, until I found Dr. Filidei. He took the time to track and evaluate all my symptoms, instead of just throwing some drugs at me like most doctors. The staff is also incredible, especially Debbe, Dr. Filidei's assistant. I am constantly communicating with her and she responds very promptly. In general all the staff are friendly and there to help you. The Amen clinic changed my life! It is incredible and I recommend it to everyone. I highly recommend you go here, especially if you've been suffering for an extended period of time without help.

Matt H.
30 September, 2015

My experience at Amen Clinics has been outstanding! Everyone has been very pleasant and welcoming, and clear in their explanations; frequently making sure I understood each step in the process. I'm looking forward to making progress with my treatment.

Anonymous A
29 September, 2015

My experience with amen clinic has been nothing but amazing. Dr. Darmal has helped my kids tremendously and I am forever thankful.

Anonymous A
29 September, 2015

My experience with amen clinic has been nothing but amazing. Dr. Darmal has helped my kids tremendously and I am forever thankful.

William R.
25 September, 2015

Very accommodating, professional and insightful. From the smiling faces at the front desk to the care coordinator, the historian, the scan technician and finally the attending physician (Dr. Johnson in my case), the mindset is one of courtesy and care. This makes for a very welcoming environment and quickly disarms any anxieties and inhibitions that often accompany new experiences in unfamiliar surroundings. Dr. Amen and his staff have done a great job of infusing their personal sense of sincerity and service into every aspect of their practice. As a patient, I am very grateful and already so much better off for the experience. Thank You very much.

24 September, 2015

As a patient with severe and longstanding anxiety depression issues, I can honestly say that my experience with Amen Clinic has been the most eye opening experience in my life. The reality of the damage of the current prescription medications I was using for years was made clear in a way that simply could not have been done without the Technology Amen Clinic uses. Not only do I have a SAFE plan to remove the dangerous prescription narcotics from my system in place of a more natural, safe, and reasonable approach, but I have the motivation to stick with this approach due to the Visuals that Amen Clinic provided in regards to what was going on inside my brain. I am forever grateful for my experience with Amen Clinic and hope for the sake of everyone with a mental disorder that the technology Amen Clinic has pioneered becomes more widespread and accepted as soon as possible.

Bryan S.
23 July, 2015

It has been life changing

Henry S.
6 July, 2015

The Experience with the staff and doctors was great. I was able to learn much about myself and was pleased to know that the research was well worth my time and money. In depth knowledge of my own self is worth knowing. Thank you Amen Clinic.

Jenna P.
26 June, 2015

The whole process and staff was amazing. I am so so happy I decided to go because I was reluctant at first. Everyone was so polite, helpful and informative. Dr Farrell is so patient and helped me with any and every question I had about my treatment plan! Worth every penny, wish I had done this sooner.