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It’s Insane Not To Look At The 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.

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, our 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 29 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 145,000 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.

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  1. Cindy says:

    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?

  2. Leanne says:

    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.

    • Amen Clinics says:

      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!

  3. Charlotte says:

    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?

    • Amen Clinics says:

      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.

  4. Nancy Velasco says:

    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

  5. Angela O'Mahoney says:

    Is there an Amen Clinic in Pittsburgh?

  6. Terry Lawson says:

    Any clinics in Canada?

  7. Brian not Brain says:

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

  8. nurit Baruch says:

    Only the wealthy can get SPECT?

  9. Pat says:

    Do you have offices in Ny?

  10. John Paul domingo says:

    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.

    • Amen Clinics says:

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


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