daniel amen

daniel amen

[costa mesa, ca]

2011 – TEDxOrangeCoast – Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

innovation is a brain function.. it’s dependent on the physical health of your brain

your brain is the organ of judgment, personality, character, innovation.. when your brain works right.. you work right… and when your brain is troubled.. you are much more likely to have trouble in your life..

alcohol is directly toxic to brain function.. 2 glasses wine for heart…. not good for brain..

2 min – most complicated organ in universe.. nothing as complex as human brain.. 

slide: 100 bill nerve cells, up to 10 000 individual connections between cells – more connections than stars, info travels 268 mph, 2% of body weight but uses 20-30% of calories, lose avg of 85 000 cells per day,

you can accelerate aging progress or decelerate it via brain…

just finished largest nfl study

obesity damages brain function.. as weight goes up.. physical size/function of brain goes down

smoking and blood pressure… constricts blood flow to brain

ants – automatic negative thoughts… are the seeds of anxiety disorders and depressions… the people you spend time with determine your longevity…

when stop learning brain starts to disconnect itself…

diet – you consume nutrients that help you or heart you… food is medicine or it is poison

sleep – less than 7 hrs a sleep lower blood flow to brain…

also as sleep goes down weight goes up..

having anxiety is important… the children who are the don’t worry be happy  children.. die early …


meditation activates front part of brain.. best anti depressant.. gratitude

have this question in your head – is it true – when you question your thoughts you live in a more rational world

my brain looks better at 52 than it did at 37…. you can start to improve your brain w/in 2 months

my mission – how to create a brain smart world to accelerate individuals..

14 min – getting systems involved…

16 min – i sat there praying that god would use me to change churches… next week rick warren calls me.. we put together .. the daniel plan…  now 15 000 people in research.. we deliver the content through small groups.. because people get well in groups…

want to change world from church/school.. up

perhaps.. from the heart up.. no..?


let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way


oct 2013 – The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | TEDxOrangeCoast

how do you know unless you look..

family member seriously suicidal… if psych helped him.. would help children/grandchildren as they were shaped by someone happier/healthier.. potential to change generations

spect – build largest data base on behavior in brain

what alzheimers looks like.. starts in brain 30-50 yrs before you have any symptoms…

what drug abuse, ocd, epilepsy, …

psychiatrists are virtually only medical specialist that don’t look at what they treat..

adhd, anxiety, addictions.. .. et al.. not single/simple disorders in brain… how would you know what to do w/o looking.. treatment needs to be tailored to individual brains not clusters of symptoms

dis\order ness

15 yr old.. fell down flight of stairs at age 3… nothing mild about enduring effect… when i met him.. had just been kicked out of 3rd treatment center…

behavior therapy is really cruel.. when behavior is really an expression of the problem .. not the problem..

researchers have found -..

undiagnosed brain injuries are a major cause of homelessness, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, panic attacks, adhd and suicide

we are in for a pending disaster with 100s of 1000s of soldiers coming back from afghanistan and no one is looking at their brain

criminal behavior – including 90 murderers… people who do bad things… often have troubled brains.. not surprising.. but.. many of these brains could be rehabilitated..

radical idea.. evaluate treat troubled brains rather than warehouse them in toxic stressful environments….  (could save tons of money)… more save people

society should be judged not by how well it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats it’s criminals… – dov stiasky

instead of just crime and punishment.. we should be thinking about crime, evaluation and treatment…

after 22 yrs and 83 000 scans the single most important lesson we learned  .. you can literally change people’s brains.. and when you do you change their lives

10 min – football injuries – put players on a brain smart program.. and 80% of them improved… you are not stuck with the brain you have…

reversing brain damage is a very exciting new frontier.. but implications are much broader… ie: adhd (grades improved.. yuck); demensia (4 yrs later still knew husband); and my fav – andrew – 9 yr old attacked little girl on bb field.. drawing pics of self hanging from tree, and shooting other children.. he was columbine/sandyhook waiting to happen.. most people would have medicated as they did eric harris et al.. but spect imaging taught me to look at his brain.. where we found.. a cyst… the size of a golf ball occupying the space of his left temporal lobe.. when cyst was removed his behavior went back to normal and he became boy he wanted to be…


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MD, Clinical Neuroscientist, Double Board Certified Psychiatrist, Brain Imaging Specialist, Multiple NY Times Bestselling Author.

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Daniel Gregory Amen (born 1954) is an American psychiatrist, a brain disorder specialist, director of the Amen Clinics,[4] and a New York Times bestselling author.

Amen’s clinics offer medical services to people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and otherdisorders. They use single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) as a purported diagnostic tool to identify what he says are sub-categories of these disorders, as devised by Amen. However, Amen’s use of SPECT scans to aid in psychiatric and neurological clinical diagnosis is based on unproven claims and has been widely criticized.

Amen has done studies on brain injuries affecting professional athletes, and he is a post-concussion consultant for the National Football League.


Ed Boyden