Treatment for Depression

Amen Clinics offers an alternate solution:

Listen to Susan tell her story of what led her to Amen Clinics, and how The Amen Method of treatment changed her 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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Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation Bring Hope and Real Healing: Evaluation Reveals PTSD at the Root of One Woman’s Depression

Our outcome statistics are dramatic, but at Amen Clinics it’s the individual stories that are truly inspiring. Depression and anxiety can have so many different causes and aggravating factors. Just ask Susan. A traumatic event had triggered her depression, and then she began experiencing other troubling symptoms too. Amen Clinics Full Evaluation, including brain SPECT scans clarified her diagnosis, and a targeted personalized treatment plan helped Susan get her life back.

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.*

Susan first heard about Amen Clinics when one of her children benefited from their services. Susan was very impressed with the success of the targeted treatment plan, but she had no idea she’d eventually be an Amen Clinic patient herself. 

Several years later, a traumatic event triggered a deep emotional shift for Susan. “I was numb for several weeks, but then started sinking into a deep depression,” Susan explained. That and other symptoms were making her day-to-day life unbearable. 

Susan was only able to sleep for about two hours each night, had virtually lost her short-term memory, and was struggling with long-term memory. She even lost her sense of direction. “All I wanted to do was stay in bed all day with my door locked,” Susan said. “I had to take a leave of absence from work and was just doing the minimum to care for my children.” 

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.*

In the midst of this frightening time, Susan remembered Amen Clinics and made an appointment for consultation. Her Amen Clinic psychiatrist recommended specific anti-depressants, but also strongly recommended a SPECT scan, part of Amen Clinics’ Full Evaluation protocol, including a brain SPECT scan. The medications did help, but the evaluation with the brain SPECT scan provided a remarkable insight. “My SPECT scan showed a high degree of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Susan said. Both anxiety and depressive states were cycling repeatedly, and her brain couldn’t shift out of that pattern. 

Susan’s psychiatrist had a much clearer understanding of her brain’s needs, and he also knew of an alternative treatment that has been helpful for this particular anxiety-depression pattern. “He recommended Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a supplement to the anti-depressants,” Susan said. “I hoped and prayed that it would work.”

It did. Within the first week of treatment, Susan felt some improvement. During the next two weeks, her memory came back, she started sleeping better, and she felt hopeful. “At the end of my course of treatment, my memory was better than ever,” Susan said. “I was able to return to work, and I felt positive about my situation and my future.”

Today, Susan enthusiastically refers friends and family. Since her experience she has recommended Amen Clinics to dozens of people. “Everyone has been very pleased with the life-changing care that they have received.”

Innovative approaches to treating anxiety and depression can yield transformative results. SPECT scans often reveal factors that cannot be fully addressed by medication alone. Make the call. It’s time to open the door to a bright and hopeful future!

SPECT Scan Research and Treatment Innovation Yield Real Improvement for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

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 medications are ideal only for one type. 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. 

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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