Treatment for Depression

Amen Clinics offers an alternate solution:

Listen to Doug tell his story of what led him to Amen Clinics, and how The Amen Method of treatment changed his life.

Proven Outcomes

Contact Amen Clinics for your appointment! Our Full Evaluation of your biological-psychological-social-spiritual history, coupled with two brain SPECT imaging scans (at rest and at concentration), cognitive testing, and clinical assessment is designed to address your unique needs and offer targeted treatment options.

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Breaking the Cycle for Good: Finding Freedom from Manic Cycles and Alcoholism

At Amen Clinics, the statistics are impressive, but it’s the individual stories that are really inspiring.  Just talk to Douglas Star.  Doug spent decades seeking treatment for depression and bipolar symptoms.  Then when he came to Amen Clinics, his evaluation and brain SPECT scan yielded some surprising information about his symptoms.

Proven Results: The Amen Method of integrative psychiatric care offers hope. Using innovative and personal care, our outcomes consistently demonstrate improvement for patients – including many who have tried and failed prior treatment.*

Doug was in his 50s when he saw a PBS special about Dr. Amen’s work.  Doug had personal interest in the matter because of his own struggle with bipolar symptoms.

“My Mom had tried to have me diagnosed when I was young,” Doug explained.  They sought professional help.  But for Doug, that led to a decades-long roller coaster of trying various medications.  A talented musician, whenever Doug went into a low, he quit composing, had suicidal thoughts, and self-medicated with drugs and alcohol.  

It was during a manic high that Doug decided to find an Amen Clinic. He didn’t want to crash again and was tired of self-medicating with alcohol. He immediately lined up a Full Evaluation. When Doug saw his brain SPECT scans, the Amen Clinic psychiatrist pointed out evidence of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained in childhood. It was likely causing or aggravating some of his symptoms, and there were specific medications and nutritional choices that could help.

In a recent six-month Outcome Study of 500 Amen Clinics' patients of varying ages and locations, 75 percent showed significant improvement in their condition, and 85 percent reported improved quality of life after implementing their personalized protocols.*

Ever since that evaluation, Doug has found himself in a steady, gentle transformation. “It’s not a manic high,” he said. “I just feel vibrant. The beauty is knowing that I can fix this, I can replenish my brain. I can make things less extreme.”

Doug is impressed with the comprehensive treatment he received. “Part of the prescription for my well-being is Omega-3s, eating healthy, not watching more than 30 minutes of TV per day, exercising for at least 30 minutes, and making music again,” Doug said. “It’s been a life-altering experience; I can be creative without drugs or alcohol in my life. I’m very thankful and grateful.”

There are depression and bipolar treatment approaches that yield transformative results. TBI is a root issue in many cases, and you can take steps to help your brain self-heal! Make the call. It’s time to open the door to a bright and hopeful future. 

Brain SPECT Scan Research and Treatment Innovation Yield Real Improvement for “Treatment Resistant” depression and bipolar symptoms

75 million Americans have or will experience depression or anxiety at some point in their lives. The causes are wide-ranging, from chemical imbalance to brain injury to traumatic events. Only very personalized diagnosis and care can yield life-altering results.

Dr. Amen’s leading-edge brain research has found there are actually 7 types of Anxiety and Depression, but frequently-prescribed SSRI medications are ideal only for one type. For many depression cases, SSRIs can make symptoms worse. At Amen Clinics we have pioneered innovative mood disorder treatments that are highly successful. In fact, Amen Clinics’ outcome scores are higher than any other psychiatric clinic in the U.S. 

The Amen Clinics Full Evaluation includes:

  1. Thorough Clinical Assessment with Neuropsychological Testing
    During the first appointment, an Amen Clinics historian gathers your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual or life-purpose history. You will complete:
    • A sophisticated neuropsychological test measuring how your brain is currently functioning
    • Detailed questionnaires that are discussed with a specially trained historian
  2. Two brain SPECT imaging studies are performed on separate days: at rest and while performing a concentration task. SPECT images show patterns of brain activity and blood flow, allowing Amen Clinic physicians to identify areas of the brain that work well, areas that work too hard, and areas that do not work hard enough.
  3. A thorough evaluation with an Amen Clinic physician who puts the scans and clinical information together to make a diagnosis and treatment plan that is specific to you – to heal and optimize your brain function, which leads to the improvement of behavioral, mood and learning.
  4. One follow-up appointment with your physician to review your treatment progress.

Real Success Stories

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To learn how Amen Clinics can help you, call 888-564-2700 / International call 949-266-3700 or click here to request to schedule an appointment.

*Amen, DG, Jourdain, M, Taylor, DV, Pigott, HE, Willeumier, K: Multi-Site, Six Month Outcome Study of Complex Psychiatric Patients Evaluated with Addition of Brain SPECT Imaging, In Press Advances in Mind-Body Medicine.

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