Do You Have Anxiety?

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Do you often feel stirred up, worried, or nervous? Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin?
Have you ever experienced a feeling like you could “climb the walls” or that you are “crawling out of your skin”? Are you plagued by feelings of panic, fear, and self-doubt?

Do you ever experience any of the following physical symptoms that can be consistently disruptive or come in unexpected waves?
• Muscle tension
• Muscle soreness
• Nail biting
• Headaches
• Abdominal pain
• Shortness of breath
• Heart palpitations

If you answered yes to any combination of these, you might be suffering from a psychiatric disorder that affects over 38 million Americans every year.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Anxiety is a major public health problem that is reaching epidemic levels in the United States. The loss to our society from these illnesses is staggering in terms of individual pain, family strife, school and relationship failure, lost work productivity, and death.

Anxiety is a Brain Illness

Our work and the research of many others has demonstrated that anxiety is a brain illness, not the result of a weak will or character problem. In addition to the common symptoms listed in the questions above, anxiety can cause irrational fears or phobias that become a burden. People with “pure anxiety” tend to avoid anything that makes them anxious or uncomfortable, such as places or people that might trigger panic attacks or interpersonal conflict. People with this type tend to predict the worst and look to the future with fear. They may be excessively shy or startle easily, or they may freeze in emotionally charged situations.

Having “untreated” anxiety 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.

Treatment for Anxiety

The standard treatment for anxiety is anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax. This medication may be helpful for many people, but it can also make many others much worse. Sometimes negative reactions to these types of medications can be extreme, such as hallucinations, violent outbursts, volatile temperaments, psychosis, and suicidal behavior.

Anxiety & SPECT

Shortly after Dr. Daniel Amen began brain SPECT imaging work in 1991, he realized that anxiety is not just a single or simple disorder. Just as there are many different causes of chest pain, there were different brain SPECT patterns in his anxious patients. Dr. Amen has identified seven different types of anxiety and knowing your type is essential to getting the right help.

How We Can Help

Amen Clinics has pioneered the use of brain SPECT imaging in clinical practice and research shows its use significantly impacts the accuracy of diagnosis and the ability to target effective treatments. SPECT imaging helps personalize treatments specific to what your brain needs, and, when used in combination with our full evaluation and clinical assessment, has demonstrated very high success rates.

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.

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


  1. I have long received your newsletters and have engaged your scanning services for my daughter.
    I have frequently wished to look up an article on a certain subject and would STRONGLY suggest you archive your
    articles by subject.
    Would you please consider doing this?
    I believe many readers would avail themselves of more
    of the articles and thus more of your services if
    the knowledge you have accumulated through hundreds of thousands of scans was more readily accessible.
    Thank you!
    Paula. Van Hoogen
    Highlands, NC

    Comment by Paula — June 25, 2018 @ 3:41 AM

  2. I read that there are 3 tests now that identify Alzheimer’s about 10 years before the symptoms appear. Is this true? How close are we in curing this horrible disease?

    Comment by Krist breedlove — June 25, 2018 @ 3:54 AM

  3. I would like to say ditto to the above comment and also ask you to add a search feature. There used to be one on this website but it has disappeared or is so well hidden I cannot find it. Your articles and scans are so valuable it would be helpful to be able to use key words to find the right information. Thanks so much and my condolences about the loss of Dr. Annibali. He was a wonderful professional and helped my daughters tremendously. He will be missed.

    Comment by Connie — June 25, 2018 @ 3:59 AM

  4. I suggest that you do not offer benzodiazepines as treatment for anxiety. These medications are highly addictive. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy goes a long way in treating this disorder. Better a psychotherapeutic intervention than an addictive medication.

    Comment by Denise Cleveland — June 25, 2018 @ 5:24 AM

  5. As an #ACES (unfortunately born in 1949) and a #MeToo survivor I searched for years for appropriate health care and did not succeed. What I got I should have gone without. Five years ago I decided to try one more time and went to an Integrative Medicine Physician. She looked at all the functional and genetic (since I did not come from a very positive pool anyway) damage. This practicinor recommended EEG Neurofeedback. I’ve done this for 3 years. I’m finally living the life I imagined when young. I have 8 1/2 years of formal education so I was preparing myself for complex treatment protocols. My question is would I benefit from the Amen clinics? Also I have spent what little I had on my care the last few years, with no regrets. I have an obligation to myself to keep propelling myself forward. I also have an obligation to the women who did not make it. In my community TIC is of very poor quality.

    Comment by Priscilla Nieman — June 25, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

  6. Hello Paula, we do have a search bar within our Blog. You’ll see it here,, on the top right. Feel free to search terms to find relevant content. Thank you.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — June 25, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

  7. I agree. Benzodiazepines r a short term fix.

    Comment by Judy — June 25, 2018 @ 4:36 PM

  8. Hi Priscilla
    I have an ACES score of 9 and also spent many years,lots of money and time, going to different medical professionals in an effort to heal my brain and body. I have found the Amen Clinic protocol the most helpful treatment I have ever received and worth every penny including travel expenses to the clinic. The scans enabled the Amen docs to know exactly what needed intervention and what did not. The Amen docs are also trained to look at the whole medical picture when creating a treatment plan,for example if you have hormonal imbalance, other medical issues like Lyme disease and I don’t know any other provider who is as helpful, caring, and GOOD at what they do as the Amen staff. I am a trauma therapist and I recommend my parents seek Amen Clinic evaluations when they have tried other treatments and are not much better or worse, and when there is a level of complexity. I trust Amen Clinic Doctors over others, to get it right the first time and get people better! I trust them with my own family as well as my patients. I would say go see them Good luck to you on your healing journey!

    Comment by Terrina Picarello — June 27, 2018 @ 6:10 AM

  9. have you goy any clinics in Pensacola, Florida?

    Comment by Christina Milstead — June 29, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

  10. Hello Christina, our closest location to you is in Atlanta. Here is a list of our current locations:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — June 29, 2018 @ 2:03 PM

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