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Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.
His online videos about brain and mental health have been viewed over 200 million times. Sharecare named him the web’s #1 most influential expert and advocate on mental health and the Washington Post called him the most popular psychiatrist in America.
Dr. Amen is a physician, board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, award-winning researcher, and 17-time national bestselling author. He is the Founder and CEO of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, Walnut Creek, and Encino, California, Bellevue, Washington, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, New York, NY, and Hollywood, FL.
Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, with over 200,000 SPECT scans and 10,000 QEEGs on patients from 150 countries.
Dr. Amen is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, but also the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.
Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of “The Daniel Plan,” a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations that has been done in thousands of churches, mosques and synagogues.
Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of over 80 professional articles, nine book chapters, and over 40 books, including 17 national bestsellers and 12 New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Daniel Plan and the over one million copy bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, along with The End of Mental Illness, Healing ADD, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, The Brain Warrior’s Way, Memory Rescue, and Feel Better Fast and Make It Last. In March 2021, Tyndale published Dr Amen’s latest book, Your Brain Is Always Listening. In March 2022, Tyndale will publish Dr. Amen’s upcoming book, You, Happier: The Neuroscience of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type.
Dr. Amen’s published scientific articles have appeared in the prestigious journals of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Molecular Psychiatry, PLOS One, Nature’s Translational Psychiatry, Nature’s Obesity, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Minerva Psichiatrica, Journal of Neurotrauma, American Journal of Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine Communication, Neurological Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Primary Psychiatry, Military Medicine, and General Hospital Psychiatry.
In January 2016, his team’s research on distinguishing PTSD from TBI on over 21,000 SPECT scans was featured as one of the top 100 stories in science by Discover Magazine. In 2017, his team published a study on over 46,000 scans, showing the difference between male and female brains; and in 2018, his team published a study on how the brain ages on 62,454 SPECT scans.
Dr. Amen has written, produced, and hosted 15 national public television programs about brain health, which have aired more than 125,000 times across North America. In March 2021 his new show, Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Grief started airing across North America.
Together with his wife Tana he has hosted The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast since 2015, with over 900 episodes and 12 million downloads. It has been listed as one of the top 20 all-time podcasts in Mental Health on Apple.
Together with Barry Goldstein, Dr. Amen has produced four brain enhancing music albums The Brain Warrior’s Way (2016), BRIGHT MINDS: Memory Rescue Music (2017), and Feel Better Fast and Make It Last (2018). Your Brain Is Always Listening (2021). The first 3 have been on Billboard’s Top Ten New Age Album charts with BRIGHT MINDS spending 45 weeks on the chart and was the #6 New Age Album of 2018. Feel Better Fast and Make It Last has spent 25 weeks on the charts and was the #3 New Age Album of 2019. Dr. Amen was also listed as one of the top 10 New Age Artists of 2018 and 2019.
Dr. Amen has appeared in movies, including Quiet Explosions, After the Last Round, and The Crash Reel and was a consultant for Concussion, starring Will Smith. He appeared in the docuseries, “Justin Bieber: Seasons” and has appeared regularly on Dr. Phil and The Dr. Oz Show. He has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN, and The Doctors, and appeared in the Emmy winning show, The Truth About Drinking.
He has also spoken around the world, with prestigious lectures in Canada, Brazil, Israel, and Hong Kong. He has spoken for the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard’s Learning and the Brain Conference, the Department of the Interior, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Supreme Courts of Ohio, Delaware, and Wyoming, and large corporations, such as Merrill Lynch, Hitachi, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, GNC, and many others. In 2016 Dr. Amen gave one of the prestigious Talks at Google.
Dr. Amen’s work has been featured in New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, MIT Technology, Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, World Economic Forum, LA Times, Men’s Health, Bottom Line, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, LA Style, NPR, and many others.
Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children and five grandchildren to Elias, Emmy, Liam, Louie, and Haven. He is an avid table tennis player.
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Happiness is a brain function. With a healthier brain always comes a happier life.
After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen has discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness. Dr. Amen will teach you how to
- discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you;
- improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood;
- protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the “noise” in your head; and
- make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness.
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The Daniel Plan is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle by optimizing the five key essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.
Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts. Your path to holistic health begins here, as Pastor Rick Warren and fitness and medical experts Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman guide you to incorporate healthy choices into your current lifestyle.
The concepts in this book will encourage you to deepen your relationship with God and develop a community of supportive friends who will encourage you to make smart food and fitness choices each and every day. This results in gradual changes that transform your life as they help you:
- Conquer your worst cravings
- Find healthy replacement foods for the foods you love
- Discover exercise you enjoy
- Boost your energy and kick-start your metabolism
- Lose weight
- Think more clearly
- Explore biblical principles for health
- . . . and ultimately create an all-around healthy lifestyle
It's time to feast on something bigger than a fad. Start your journey to impactful, long-lasting, and sustainable results today!
Plus, get more from The Daniel Plan with The Daniel Plan Cookbook, The Daniel Plan Journal, and The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this completely revised and updated edition, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes effective "brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life.
“Perfection in combining leading-edge brain science technology with a proven, user-friendly, definitive, and actionable road map to safeguard and enhance brain health and functionality.”—David Perlmutter, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain
In Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D., includes new, cutting-edge research gleaned from more than 100,000 SPECT brain scans over the last quarter century and scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures work in your brain. Dr. Amen’s “brain prescriptions” will help you:
• To quell anxiety and panic: Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
• To fight depression: Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) and use supplements targeted to your brain type
• To curb anger: Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
• To boost memory: Learn the specific steps and habits to decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease that can help you today
• To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus: Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle
• To stop obsessive worrying: Follow the “get unstuck” writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises
You’re not stuck with the brain you’re born with.
Brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Learn the actions you can take to help not just prevent memory loss later in life . . . but to begin restoring the memory you may have already lost.
Expert physician Dr. Amen reveals how a multipronged strategy—including dietary changes, physical and mental exercises, and spiritual practices—can improve your brain health, enhance your memory, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s and other memory loss–related conditions.
Keeping your brain healthy isn’t just a medical issue; it’s a God-given capacity and an essential building block for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Take action against the fast-increasing memory crisis that threatens this crucial part of who you are—and help your brain, body, and soul stay strong for the rest of your life.
Your brain is always listening and responding to these hidden influences and unless you recognize and deal with them, they can steal your happiness, spoil your relationships, and sabotage your health. This book will teach you to tame the:
- Dragons from the Past that ignite your most painful emotions;
- Negative Thought Dragons that attack you, fueling anxiety and depression;
- They and Them Dragons, people in your life whose own dragons do battle with yours;
- Bad Habit Dragons that increase the chances you’ll be overweight, overwhelmed, and an underachiever;
- Addicted Dragons that make you lose control of your health, wealth, and relationships; and
- Scheming Dragons, advertisers and social media sites that steal your attention.
New hope for those suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addictions, PTSD, ADHD and more.
Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label—damaging and devastating on its own—can often prevent sufferers from getting the help they need.
Brain specialist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen is on the forefront of a new movement within medicine and related disciplines that aims to change all that. In The End of Mental Illness, Dr. Amen draws on the latest findings of neuroscience to challenge an outdated psychiatric paradigm and help readers take control and improve the health of their own brain, minimizing or reversing conditions that may be preventing them from living a full and emotionally healthy life.
The End of Mental Illness will help you discover:
- Why labeling someone as having a “mental illness” is not only inaccurate but harmful
- Why standard treatment may not have helped you or a loved one—and why diagnosing and treating you based on your symptoms alone so often misses the true cause of those symptoms and results in poor outcomes
- At least 100 simple things you can do yourself to heal your brain and prevent or reverse the problems that are making you feel sad, mad, or bad
- How to identify your “brain type” and what you can do to optimize your particular type
- Where to find the kind of health provider who understands and uses the new paradigm of brain health
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD, to identify, examine, and demystify the 7 distinct types of ADD and their specific treatments.
With updated recommendations for nutraceuticals and/or medications targeted to brain type, diet, exercise, lifestyle interventions, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, neurofeedback, and more, Dr. Amen’s revolutionary approach provides a treatment program that can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, peaceful, and fully functional life.
Sufferers from ADD often say, “The harder I try, the worse it gets.” Dr. Amen tells them, for the first time, why, and more importantly how to heal ADD.
In The Brain Warrior’s Way, New York Times bestselling authors Tana and Daniel Amen share how to develop mastery over brain and body to combat disease, depression, and obesity. In this companion cookbook, not only will you find more than a hundred simple, delicious recipes that support the principles of The Brain Warrior’s Way to heal and optimize your brain, but you will also learn how to:
• Purge your pantry of toxins and processed foods.
• Stock up on inexpensive, whole-food Brain Warrior Basics that you can find at your local grocery store.
• Cook with techniques that ensure the maximum nutrition and best taste from each recipe.
• Plan holiday meals so you don’t have to “cheat” on your diet to enjoy bountiful family dinners on special occasions.
• Use spices to improve your health in simple, tasty ways.
• Pack grab-and-go snacks for healthy eating on the run.
• Teach your kids—even the picky eaters and moody teens—how to have fun being a Junior Brain Warrior.
An essential resource for Brain Warriors who want to fuel their bodies with foods that boost energy, focus, memory, and quality of life, this cookbook is the ultimate tool for winning the fight in the war for your health.
We’ve all felt anxious, sad, traumatized, grief-stricken, stressed, angry, or hopeless at some point in life. It’s perfectly normal to go through emotional crises or have periods when you feel panicked or out of sorts. It is how you respond to these challenges that will make all the difference in how you feel—not just immediately, but also in the long run. Unfortunately, many people turn to self-medicating behaviors, such as overeating, drugs, alcohol, risky sexual behavior, anger, or wasting time on mindless TV, video games, Internet surfing, or shopping. And even though these behaviors may give temporary relief from feeling bad, they usually only prolong and exacerbate the problems—or cause other, more serious ones.
Is it possible to feel better—and make it last?
Renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen understands how critical it is for you to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. In Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime.
Many people, mental health professionals included, think therapy needs to be long, hard, and painful—a lifelong commitment. And while some people will need help longer than others, it is often possible for people to start feeling better right now. If you engage in the right behaviors and strategies, you’ll optimize your brain health—and see the benefits in your everyday life.
In Conquer Worry and Anxiety, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel G. Amen will guide you to lasting change, teaching you how to make decisions that serve your brain’s health and set you on a path to a happier, healthier life. Each of us can make small changes that, over time, create amazing results.
When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, every day can feel like a battle. Forces are destroying our bodies and our minds. The standard American diet we consume is making us sick; we are constantly bombarded by a fear-mongering news media; and we’re hypnotized by technical gadgets that keep us from our loved ones. Even our own genes can seem like they’re out to get us. But you can win the war. You can live your life to the fullest, be your best, and feel your greatest, and the key to victory rests between your ears.
Your brain runs your life. When it works right, your body works right, and your decisions tend to be thoughtful and goal directed. Bad choices, however, can lead to a myriad of problems in your body. Studies have shown that your habits turn on or off certain genes that make illness and early death more or less likely. But you can master your brain and body for the rest of your life with a scientifically-designed program: the Brain Warrior’s Way.
Master your brain and body for the rest of your life. This is not a program to lose 10 pounds, even though you will do that—and lose much more if needed. You can also prevent Alzheimer’s, reverse aging, and improve your:
The Amens have helped tens of thousands of clients over thirty years, and now they can help you. It is time to live a better life—right now!
Does your child struggle with negative thought patterns, stress, and anxiety? New York Times bestselling author and board-certified child psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen is here to help with his motivational picture book, Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions! Captain Snout encourages children to live a happier and healthier life with a more positive outlook.
Don't let ANTS steal your happiness! That is what Captain Snout says loud and clear in this playful and encouraging book about living a positive life without the stress of negativity. What exactly are these ANTs? Automatic Negative Thoughts … and Captain Snout says we can use his super power questions to overcome the tough stuff and be heroic too!
Written with easy-to-read text for children ages 4 to 8, Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions!:
- Uses the cognitive behavior therapy technique to encourage coping skills and strategies for problem solving
- Teaches children how to adopt a positive outlook and improve their overall well-being
- Teaches children how to overcome automatic negative thoughts (ANTs)
- Encourages young children dealing with anxiety
Quirky and comical illustrations bring the story of Captain Snout alive and keep readers young and old interested. This brilliant picture book is a valuable resource for parents helping their children overcome stress and anxiety in everyday life.