Do You Have ADD?

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Do you ever “zone out” during conversations or find it difficult to pay attention for long periods of time? Are you easily distracted when trying to focus on the task at hand? Is your work station or home cluttered and it seems like you can never find what you are looking for? Do you feel restless and find it difficult to calm down?

If you answered yes to any combination of these, you might be suffering from one of the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adults.

What is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

Attention deficit disorder (ADD), often referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is the most common psychiatric disorder affecting between 5-10% of the population. ADD is characterized by persistent short attention span, distractibility, disorganization, procrastination and often problems with hyperactivity or restlessness, forethought, judgment and impulse control.

Having untreated ADD affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life and has been associated with school underachievement, family conflict, drug abuse, legal difficulties and poor work performance. ADD is involved with low self-esteem, chronic stress, failure, and even suicide.

Treatment for ADD

The standard treatment for ADD in both children and adults is stimulant medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall. These medications are helpful for many people, but they also make many others with typical ADD worse. Sometimes negative reactions to these medications can be extreme, such as hallucinations, violent outbursts, volatile temperaments, psychosis and suicidal behavior.

At Amen Clinics, our diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD focuses on the premise that ADD was not a single or simple disorder. Just as there are many different causes of many conditions, there are different brain SPECT patterns in ADD patients.

How We Can Help

At Amen Clinics, we are dedicated to improving the lives of every patient and family we serve through education, the latest advances in neuroimaging, laboratory testing, and individualized treatment plans. We use the least toxic, most effective treatments for our patients, and use a wide variety of interventions from natural supplements, medications, dietary interventions and targeted forms of psychotherapy.

SPECT Imaging

As part of our evaluation process we use brain SPECT imaging, in addition to clinical interviews, diagnostic checklists and laboratory studies when appropriate.

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, The Amen Clinics Method of integrative psychiatric care can help. Using innovative and personalized care, our outcomes consistently demonstrate improvement for patients – including many who have tried and failed prior treatment.

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. We invite you to call today, 888-288-9834 or tell us more online.


  1. What are the side effects of the SPECT imaging?

    Comment by Susan Woods — July 13, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

  2. How much does it cost

    Comment by Linda — July 13, 2018 @ 1:26 AM

  3. I am pretty sure I have ADD. I am 56 years old, a wife, mother & grandmother. I work as a bank teller. I am really struggling, and I need to see someone. I live in Indiana about 40 miles from Indianapolis. Can you recommend a doctor who follows Dr.Amen’s method of treatments. I’m scared of taking any drugs. I wish I could get a brain scan. My insurance isn’t very good.

    Comment by Teresa Rainey — July 13, 2018 @ 2:48 AM

  4. Whet is the Amen Clinic?

    Comment by Julia Martin — July 13, 2018 @ 5:48 AM

  5. My 12 year old daughter is diognosed with post dramatic stress disorder and anorexia nervosa. She had been under the car of children’s hospital in Plano TX since September 2016. She is on three medications; Olanzapine, Neltreczone, duloxetine she has been on these meds over a year. I notice a lot of disrespect and defiancy. I don’t believe in spanking my children I offer a reward program for doing good. Level one /two levels two is the reward and one is no privileges. My daughter only sits to eat and sleep she stand all day stands over people and mocking them when they point out that it would nice to sit when adults are present. She won’t eat the foods to help her to gain weight. She has been 85-87 pounds 5’2” for ever. Dr. Ursula Kelley says her eating disorder has stunted her growth. She has to be watched at each meal and a nurse sits with her at the school lunch room to make sure she finishes her lunch and two snacks. I have caught her working out secretly in the closet and bathrooms. She has trained her life for this eating disorder. I watched a movie on Netflix “The Brain On Fire” question, could and eating disorder like the one my daughter had be biological at all? Is there anyway she could be misdiagnosed and what can we expect to see looking at the brain of an anorexic kid? Please respond anytime or call me, I am very concerned about my daughter and don’t know what to do. I feel helpless.

    Comment by Robert Tollin — July 13, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

  6. I am 71 yrs old and I have the ADD that is manifested in short attention span and distract-ability. Never received good grades in grades one through 16. Is it worth doing anything about it now, at this point in my life? I still leave the house and get into the car without the things I set on the kitchen table to take with me. — Ed Prybys

    Comment by Edward Prybys — July 14, 2018 @ 4:16 AM

  7. What is the cause of ADHD? I have read it’s a brain chemistry problem and it results in an inability to process stimuli at the same rate as the normal brain.
    Is this true?
    Gordon Taylor

    Comment by Gordon Taylor — July 14, 2018 @ 5:04 AM

  8. My daughter who is 28 now, gave birth to my grandson , when she was 22. Now my grandson is almost six. Before giving birth, she had a history of cutting herself. She went to a mental hospital and they gave her all kinds of medications, that really didn’t help at all. She seemed all right for a while. But after she gave birth, she went down hill. Always yelling at her boyfriend, no enthusiasm of life. Now she’s hooked on xanax, weed, and drinks. i don’t know what to do. i had her committed to a hospital. But they released her after just one week. Help

    Comment by Marina Gomez — July 14, 2018 @ 10:01 PM

  9. Hello Robert, thank you for reaching out. We will certainly have a Care Coordinator reach out to you to discuss your daughter in further detail and what starting point we can offer at Amen Clinics. If you’d like to reach us as well, you can call 888-288-9834.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — July 15, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

  10. Hello Julia, we now have 8 locations in the U.S. Here is a list of them:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — July 15, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

  11. Hello Teresa, yes we’d be happy to assist you with a referral source in your area of a practice that utilizes brain SPECT imaging and/or The Amen Clinics Method. We can also offer information regarding insurance, reimbursement and financing options. We will have a Care Coordinator reach out to you, if you’d like to reach us please call 888-288-9834. Thank you.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — July 15, 2018 @ 7:36 PM

  12. Hello Linda, thank you for reaching out. Our treatment options depend on the type of consultation or evaluation needed based on the condition of the patient. We offer consultation that range from $200 to a Full Evaluation that costs $3,950. Our Full Evaluation of your biological/psychological/social/spiritual history, coupled with two brain SPECT imaging scans (in concentrating and resting states), cognitive testing, and clinical assessment is designed to address unique needs and offer targeted treatment options. Our Care Coordinators are available to discuss insurance, reimbursement and financing options, as well as the many treatments and services we offer: Please feel free to call us at 888-288-9834 or complete this form to receive a response from us:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — July 15, 2018 @ 7:41 PM

  13. Hello Susan, thank you for reaching out. Since a SPECT scan is a nuclear medicine procedure, it requires the injection of a very small amount of a radioisotope through a small needle into a vein in the arm. The IV is only inserted for about 10 minutes, and numbing cream is available. The medicine we inject is not an iodine-based dye; therefore, people typically do not have allergic responses to it. The average radiation exposure for one SPECT scan is 0.7 rem. This exposure is similar to the amount from a nuclear bone scan or CT scan—both of which are routinely ordered for many common medical conditions (i.e. bone fractures or head trauma). Please visit our FAQs for more information:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — July 15, 2018 @ 7:42 PM

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