Dr. Daniel Amen is an American psychiatrist, a brain disorder specialist director of the Amen Clinics and a New York Times bestselling author. He’s gained quite a bit of notoriety in the past for helping athletes. However, he’s quickly become America’s most popular psychiatrist helping out average Joes, too.
Amen Clinics offer medical services for patients with disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and more. His clinics use the single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) as a diagnostic tool for identifying what he says are sub-categories of brain disorders.
Dr. Daniel Amen has done studies for the National Football League on brain injuries affecting professional athletes and he is also a post-concussion consultant. In 1978, he received his undergraduates degree in biology from Southern California College, then his doctorate in 1982 from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Daniel Amen completed his general psychiatric training in Washington, D.C. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and his training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu for child and adolescent psychiatry. He then completed 200 hours of training at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine Education to obtain his radioactive materials license.
Dr. Daniel Amen then fulfilled the required 1,000 hours of reading scans under clinical supervision. Amen is also double board certified by the Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Board of Psychiatry.
Amen’s uses SPECT scans of the brains activity to compare the activity of a patients brain to a healthy brain. Amen’s clinics have the world’s largest database for neuropsychiatry of functional brain scans. By 2009 Amen stated that he had scanned 50,000 people at a cost of about $170 million.
Dr. Daniel Amen says that he prescribes both non-medicative and medicative courses of treatment, depending on each case. He also conducts a before-and-after SPECT scan to assess how well the treatment is working.
Dr. Daniel Amen’s clinics provide brain scans for former and current National Football League players. Amen made the beginning diagnosis of brain damage in Tom Dempsey an NFL kicker. During medical scans and examinations, Amen discovered three holes in Dempsey’s brain and other damage. He has also diagnosis and provided therapy for Paul Kariya, a hockey player for his concussion issues and went on to advise him to retire which he did.