Helping Patients Lead Healthy Lives – Real People, Real Outcomes

Blog-Helping Patients Lead Healthy Lives - Real People, Real Outcomes

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD), is one of the most common psychiatric challenges among adults. Symptoms vary widely, from inattentiveness and procrastination to outbursts and impulsiveness, resulting in a condition that can be challenging to treat. Shedding light on that complexity, Daniel G. Amen, M.D. has successfully defined seven sub-types of ADHD and for four of them, typical stimulant medications make symptoms worse.  This is where the cycle of unsuccessful treatment, stress, and despair often begins.

There is hope:  Amen Clinics has pioneered innovative ADHD treatments that are highly successful. A recent six-month Outcome Study of 500 Amen Clinics’ patients of varying ages revealed that 75% showed significant improvement in their condition, and 85% reported improved quality of life after implementing their personalized protocols.

The statistics are impressive. But every ADHD case is unique; it’s the individual success stories that are really inspiring. Just ask Adam, who was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities as a teen. Treatment with Ritalin made no significant improvements for Adam, but he found ways to cope. Then a tragedy happened that made his symptoms much worse.

Adam’s Story

When Adam was 18 he was in a motorcycle accident. He survived, but things were not the same afterward; his ADD symptoms got much worse. “I had bad impulse control and anger problems. I lost control of my emotions. I just didn’t know what was wrong with me,” relates Adam. “I would be okay and then all of a sudden lash out in anger…I couldn’t let go of an argument. I was impulsive and bought three cars in two weeks.”

Adam’s wife couldn’t ignore how ADD was limiting his everyday life. It was clear he was struggling with focus and attention, impulse control and anger. The couple went through a list of psychiatrists—and medications. But sometimes they made things worse! It was exhausting, but Adam’s wife kept looking for answers. Finally, she found Amen Clinics.

“I did the Full Evaluation with a brain SPECT scan and entire personal history,” Adam said. A brain SPECT scan (Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) is a vivid image of the brain’s activity, which helps us better understand how it works and what is going on inside it. Adam’s Amen Clinic psychiatrist showed him a SPECT scan of a healthy brain and compared it to the SPECT scan of Adam’s brain.

The comparison was a shock but Adam was grateful for the comprehensive evaluation of his condition. There was no more need for “trial and error meds”.  The Amen Clinics Method offered targeted treatment for Adam’s unique brain and defined exactly what was needed in terms of medication and nutrition. “After starting my treatment plan at Amen Clinics, it changed my life dramatically. I was able to regain focus and get my anger under control.”

“I had a follow-up brain SPECT scan after one year. We could see how my brain improved!” Adam said. He has continued to have additional scans to follow the progress. Today, Adam regularly refers others to Amen Clinics. He regards his experience as nothing short of life-changing. “I know if my wife hadn’t found Amen Clinics, we would not be married today,” he said. “Now she’s able to rely on me. I’m able to sustain a fairly normal life. Thank God my wife found Amen Clinics.”

Amen Clinics Can Help

The Amen Clinics Method of integrative psychiatric care has brought hope to Adam and many others dealing with a wide range of conditions. Using innovative and personal care, our outcomes consistently demonstrate improvement for patients – including many who have tried other unsuccessful treatment approaches in the past. Amen Clinics utilizes a highly unique whole-person clinical intake and strategic brain-focused nutrition alongside conventional treatment options. Leading edge brain SPECT technology literally provides inside information needed to guide treatment strategies and confirm results.

What can a Full Evaluation do for you or a loved one?

It’s time to stop guessing. Amen Clinics Full Evaluation of your biological-psychological-social-spiritual history including 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. For more information, call us at 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit today.


  1. My 17 year old grandson ishas been diagnosed with ADD and is becoming very hard for us to move forward. I have found a pediatric neurologist that has scheduled an ECG, how effective is this type of testing? We live in NOVI MICH are there any Amen Clinics near us, and what is the initial cost of the scans, does insurance cover any cost we have HAP and Tricare
    Need help

    Comment by Dedra Jenkins — October 8, 2018 @ 2:42 AM

  2. Truly…i am so glad for your gifts and that you are touching the world. You combine the rigorous and innovative sciences of the Western world wirh the esoteric and intuitive approach of the ancient Eastern culture…and with that dualistic and holistic approach…you are leading us from the cave of contention into the fresh air where there’s light and sober mindedness. Thank you for elevating humankind.

    Comment by Gregg Oreo — October 8, 2018 @ 3:12 AM

  3. Please find an Amen’s Clinic-I drove my son 6 hours to Atlanta from Mississippi this summer. It has made all the difference-no more wondering or guessing what to do-we have a plan and the correct meds!

    Comment by Gwen Lordeon — October 8, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

  4. Hello Dedra, thank you for reaching out to us and sharing about your grandson. We have 8 locations in the U.S., you can view them here: We’d like to have a Care Coordinator reach out to you to discuss additional options. If you’re unable to travel to one of our clinics, a Care Coordinator can provide referrals in your area of practices that utilize brain SPECT imaging and The Amen Clinics Method.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — October 8, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

  5. You have some Doctors in México . Y live in Saltillo Coahuila near Monterrey .

    Comment by Octavio — October 8, 2018 @ 9:47 AM

  6. My son has ADHD and Learning Difference. I would love to bring him in for a brain scan his pediatrician said it is bit needed , but I know he is wrong. Do you take Medicaid ? If you do not take Medicaid you take payments or Care Credit?

    Comment by Amy Miller — October 8, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

  7. Hello Amy, thank you for reaching out to us. We will have a Care Coordinator reach out to you via email. We are a fee-for-service clinic, but we do have an insurance specialist on staff to review CPT codes and help with reimbursement and we also offer financing options through Care Credit. To reach us directly, please call 888-288-9834. We look forward to connecting.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — October 9, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

  8. My daughter is a patient. We did the full comprehensive package. We found out valuable information aboutnher brain. And then we got with the medical professionals. Our scan readings were delayed 6 weeks, then they gave her the wrong meds that did nothing. At that point, she was worse than when I took her in. The staff in Reston, VA are ice cold, there is a lot of change over, recently we needed a refill for her meds–NO ONE COULD MAKE A DECISION AND PUT IT THROUGH. Our DR. was out of the country–so you would think there would be a back up plan. Not even 5 phone calls from me to the clinic got anything done, and when I spoke out at the clinic I got attitude. Are you kidding me? We need help and you get that coming to the clinic you can get that help–but youre just a paycheck for them for $5K for comprehensive. The only real thing that helped my daughter was the Genesight pharma genetic testing they did. That costs only $200 if you have insurance. It showed more than the brain scan–it showed MTHFR and COMPT genetic mutations, which they dont seem to understand at Amen. Im the one who has guided her treatment not them. Its been incredibly frustrating experience while you watch your child slip thru your fingertips. Its been 6 months and with DBT therapy, and the right meds, combined with Genius Joy–SAM-E she is better–and aside for the ADD meds they prescribe, I had to figure out most of this on my own. Get the brain scans, the genesight test, and then take your findings to qualified psychiatrists who can help you understand.

    Comment by Maria Kopsidas — February 8, 2019 @ 5:18 AM

  9. I first became a patient of Dr. Amen in1994 at his Fairfield office. My psychologist met Dr. Amen at a seminar and discussed my case with him. He suggested I see him after being unsuccessfully treated by several other doctors and of course trying many, many different medications.

    I had the honor of personally being treated by Doctor Amen, he was amazing! He’s literally put my scan on the screen and told me my personality, and he hit it on the nose! It was such a wonderful experience being treated by him personally for approximately three years. I read all of this books add study the medications and the various treatments, is stayed with me ever since.

    I recently went back to his Northern California Clinic and so far, not so impressed. My scans were abnormal and I’m waiting to be told exactly what is wrong and how it should be treated.
    I am trying to keep the faith that a proper treatment plan will be developed but my life is spiraling downward and I’m scared.

    I’ll spare everyone the Gory details, I will just hope for the best and have faith in God. Wish me luck!

    Comment by Brad — February 8, 2019 @ 3:24 PM

  10. need to know next steps from Dr. Ali. Can we

    Comment by slavonia bonaby — February 8, 2019 @ 7:14 PM

  11. Hello Slavonia, our Care Coordinators will reach out to you to assist with the information you need.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — February 12, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

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