Dr. Daniel Amen is a widely respected American psychiatrist specializing in treating brain disorders. He is the director of the world famous Amen Clinics, as well as a New York Times bestselling author who has sold thousands of copies of his books.
His clinics offer specialized medical services to those who have problems with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as other types of psychiatric disorders. Clinic officials use a technique that is known as single photon emission computed tomography (also known as SPECT scans) that can be helpful as a diagnostic tool to find out what Dr. Amen believes are sub-categories of such disorders, as worked out by Dr. Amen himself after many years of research and investigation into the subject. Dr. Amen has done many kinds of studies on such brain injuries including those that are affecting professional athletes and may pose long-term problems for them after they leave the profession. The doctor serves in an official capacity as a post-concussion consultant for members of the National Football League.
The doctor is a native of California and was born in Encino, California to parents who immigrated to the country from their native Lebanon. Dr. Amen received his undergraduate degree in the field of biology from Southern California College in 1978. He then received his doctorate in 1982 in medicine from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. After the completion of his studies, he did his basic general psychiatric training at the world famous Walter Reed Army Medical Center that is located in Washington, D.C. He later received further specialized training as he completed his child and adolescent psychiatry classes at Tripler Army Medical Center in the Hawaiian city of Honolulu. Dr. Amen was able to complete the necessary two hundred hours of additional training in order to obtain a specialized radioactive materials license that is given from the Institute of Nuclear Medicine Education. After this time, he carried out the entire required thousand hours of highly specialized clinical supervision in reading scans that would provide him with the basis of his training and insights. At present, Dr. Amen holds a double board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology n the area of General Psychiatry as well as one in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This training has helped him work with patients and meet their needs for the right kind of psychiatric care.