It’s Insane Not To Look At The Brain

Blog-It's Insane To Not Look At Your Brain

Did you know that psychiatrists are the ONLY medical specialists who rarely look at the organ they treat?

Psychiatrists today still diagnose and manage conditions the same way they did back when Abraham Lincoln was being treated for depression: conduct a brief interview, quickly assess the symptoms, form a diagnosis based on those symptoms and then prescribe a high-powered medication. This method makes the patient a guinea pig and often does more harm than good since many medications come with adverse side effects.

At Amen Clinics, our primary goal is to improve your brain health and overall quality of life. If you’re dealing with a mental health problem, know that you’re not alone and that you’re not stuck with the brain you have – you can change it and we can help with the right method.

Our well-researched and proven process results in higher-than-average success rates utilizing the least toxic, most effective solutions to diagnose and treat your brain.

What We Treat

At our clinics, we treat a wide array of mental health conditions, including:

• Emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder
• Behavioral challenges such as addictions, weight control, anger
• Cognitive problems such as brain fog or memory issues
• Brain injuries such as concussions and TBIs (traumatic brain injury)
• Learning or concentration issues such as ADD (attention deficit disorder), also known as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, it would be insane not to get an image of your brain.

Take a Look

At Amen Clinics, we believe that you can’t possibly know what’s going on inside your brain unless you take a look. Imaging changes everything. It removes the guesswork from the standard psychiatric approach of prescribing high-powered medications to mask symptoms, which is like throwing darts at a dartboard in the dark.

By contrast, the Amen Clinics approach is to look inside the brain and treat it with as natural a regimen as possible. We treat the root of the problem rather than just the symptom.

Amen Clinics has provided education and insight on the clinical use of brain imaging in psychiatry. Over the past 30 years, Amen Clinics has built the world’s largest database of brain scans related to emotional, relational and behavioral problems. Our study is comprised of brain SPECT images.

What is SPECT?

SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography. Because brain activity is directly related to blood flow, SPECT effectively shows us the patterns of activity in the brain. SPECT allows physicians to look deep inside the brain to observe three things: areas of the brain that work well, areas of the brain that work too hard and areas of the brain that don’t work hard enough.

Amen Clinics has performed over 150,000 scans on patients from age 3 to 103. In addition to diagnosing and treating patients with symptoms such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, autism, addiction, head trauma and many other complex or resistant psychiatric problems, we’ve also scanned many health-conscious individuals interested in learning more about their brains and how to keep them optimized far into the future.

Benefits of SPECT Imaging

There are many advantages to taking a look inside your brain. Brain SPECT imaging can:

• Help identify if there has been brain trauma
• Show brain blood flow deficits NOT visible in anatomical studies, such as CT or MRI
• Identify affected brain systems
• Help determine if there are co-occurring conditions that need treatment
• Increase treatment compliance by showing pictures of results
• Provide scientific documentation that may help with special services or legal issues

The Amen Clinics Method

The Amen Clinics Method combines the information gathered from SPECT imaging along with questionnaires, neuropsychological testing, and a detailed clinical history, which concentrates on 4 specific areas of your life: biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.

After gathering all this information, we’re able to create a targeted treatment plan specifically for your needs. Although treatment plans vary based on individual results, our aim is to use the least toxic, most effective solutions to help alleviate your symptoms. We prefer to heal the brain naturally, which means our doctors typically recommend diet, exercise and supplements first and foremost before medications.

A lesson that SPECT imaging has taught us is that one treatment doesn’t fit all.

We can help you and your loved ones overcome the stigma and suffering associated with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, addictions, memory issues, and other emotional and cognitive issues. If you’re ready to regain control over your life, call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.


  1. My son, who is now 26 going on 27 has struggled with ADHD since preschool. He was on Ritalin for many years (he hated being on it, although it did help him through school) he’s a kind hearted young man. I feel very proud of him, he is married (lovely young lady) as of last year l. He holds a good job and did get through college. My only concern is I know he still struggles today and wish I had a simple solution for him. although he seems to manage it and feel there isn’t a problem. I still wonder if his brainijury dirt put him over the edge . He fell into the fireplace heath when he was a toddler. And since that time he’s had issues with learning and reading. Are there any simple solutions for him that I can offer him without putting him through too much?

    Comment by Cindy — February 2, 2018 @ 6:11 AM

  2. Do you have resourses to find functional doctors in the midwest? How do i find facilities that match your mindset to help. As i study your information, it serms as though most of your treatments are not covered by insurance so adding travel seems like an immpossible undertaking. Any advise is appreciated.

    Comment by Leanne — February 3, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

  3. Does insurance cover your clinic? What if there isn’t a clinic close enough to get treated, is there a way to be treated without traveling to one of them. In other words if your not rich enough you cannot be treated by this method?

    Comment by Charlotte — February 3, 2018 @ 3:55 AM

  4. Hi, I am interested but I would like to know where you are located. I live in Chicago. Also, how much and how long before it starts working. Please advise.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,
    Nancy Veasco

    Comment by Nancy Velasco — February 4, 2018 @ 10:15 PM

  5. Hello Nancy, we do have a clinic in Bannockburn, IL. Our locations are listed here – To speak to someone about treatment options and pricing, please call our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834. Thank you for reaching out to us!

    Comment by Amen Clinics — February 5, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

  6. Hello Charlotte, thank you for reaching out. Our clinic locations are listed here – You can also call us and we can provide recommendations and referrals in your area to practices that follow The Amen Clinics Method, if you’re unable to travel to one of our locations. We can be reached at 888-288-9834.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — February 5, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

  7. Hello Leanne, our Care Coordinators can provide information about services and treatments options as well as recommendations and referrals in your area to practices that follow The Amen Clinics Method. Please call 888-288-9834. Thank you!

    Comment by Amen Clinics — February 5, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

  8. Is there an Amen Clinic in Pittsburgh?

    Comment by Angela O'Mahoney — August 13, 2018 @ 9:53 AM

  9. Hello Angela, thank you for reaching out. Here is a list of our 8 current locations –

    Comment by Amen Clinics — August 13, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

  10. Any clinics in Canada?

    Comment by Terry Lawson — September 26, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

  11. Hello Terry, thank you for reaching out. At this time our 8 locations are in the U.S., you can view them here:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — September 26, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

  12. Would a SPECT scan reveal if you have a tumor or bleeding?

    Comment by Brian not Brain — September 26, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

  13. Only the wealthy can get SPECT?

    Comment by nurit Baruch — September 26, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

  14. Do you have offices in Ny?

    Comment by Pat — September 27, 2018 @ 12:40 AM

  15. Hello Pat, thank you for reaching out. Yes, we have a location in New York, NY. Here is the information on that location: And here is a link to all 8 locations should you need it:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — September 27, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

  16. I’ve read 2 of Dr Amen books and I believe his methods can help me and my family. I live in New York and know you guys have an office here. I would like to setup an appt. I spoke to someone at that office before but really think it would be better if I can come in and speak to someone in person.

    Comment by John Paul domingo — September 28, 2018 @ 6:43 AM

  17. Hello John, thank you for reaching out. We will pass along your information and have someone reach out to you to set something up.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — September 28, 2018 @ 7:47 AM

  18. Hello,

    A few years ago, I attended a seminar, spoke with someone at your booth and viewed a video. I found it to be quite interesting and thought our son who has ADHD & mild brain scarring might benefit. Unfortunately, at that time your clinic did not accept insurance and to my knowledge, did not provide a sliding scale. Has your policy changed? If not, are there other clinics in Washington, DC that you could recommend?

    Best Regards

    Comment by Tay — November 21, 2018 @ 2:06 PM

  19. hi do u hav clinic or someone trained by you in india

    Comment by dr ritu daga — November 29, 2018 @ 5:19 AM

  20. Hello, thank you for reaching out. Currently, we have 8 locations in the U.S. only:

    Comment by Amen Clinics — November 30, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

  21. When will you open a clinic in Houston? After all, it is the fourth largest city in the country! Dallas/Fort Worth is about the same size also. We could sure use your help in Texas!

    Comment by Dan — January 30, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

  22. On the outside I appear to be very pleasant, helpful, happy, easy going and relaxed. Therefore, all friends and acquaintances find me to be someone who could listen and help during a crisis. They find me to be comforting and a good listener. However, it takes so much of my energy to help someone and I feel drained. On the inside, I don’t feel pleasant, I’m unsure of being helpful, I feel sad and uneasy and I feel stressed, depressed and anxiety ridden. How can this be? Sometimes I just want to be alone, but part of me wants to be with my long-time friends. It’s like the parts of my brain are always in conflict. I live in PA and thought of talking to someone other than friends and family. I feel like I never do good enough and I could always do better. I have to do everything perfect the first time without mistakes or I feel miserable. I don’t sleep very well because I keep thinking of everything I want to accomplish the next day. Sometimes I get myself in such a state that I will sit in a chair, stare at the TV and accomplish nothing. Is it possible that there is a way to make this madness stop?

    Comment by Tam — May 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

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