Daniel Amen, MD

Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, Author


Mental Health


Southern California College, Oral Roberts University,



Daniel Amen, MD, is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering mental health. He is a physician, double-board-certified psychiatrist, and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder of Amen Clin­ics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California; Bellevue, Washington; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and New York, New York. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling nearly 115,000 scans on patients from 111 countries.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain-imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football play­ers. Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of Saddleback Church’s “Daniel Plan,” a pro­gram to get the world healthy through their religious organizations (it was also a the NY Times #1 bestselling book). Dr. Amen has written, produced, and hosted ten popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than $55 million for public television.

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of more than seventy peer-reviewed published scientific studies, seven book chapters, and over thirty books, including Change Your Brain Change Your Life, Revised and Expanded 2015: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems.


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