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EP20 Speech 05 - The End of Mental Illness - Daniel Amen, MD

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Neurobiology |  Neuroscience |  Speeches |  Personality Disorders
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Daniel Amen, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 hour 20 minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 2020
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We are on the cusp of a new revolution that will change mental health care forever. The End of Mental Illness discards an outdated, stigmatizing paradigm and replaces it with a modern brain-based, whole-person program rooted in science and hope. No one is shamed for cancer or diabetes; likewise, no one should be shamed for depression and other brain health/mental health issues.

Based on the world’s largest functional brain imaging database, Dr. Amen will give you a completely new way to think about and treat issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, addictions, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia and even personality disorders. It is based on the unique Amen Clinics 4 Circles BRIGHT MINDS program, which shows you that in order to have a healthy mind you must first have a healthy brain; and to do that you must optimize the 4 circles of a whole life (biological, psychological, social, and spiritual), as well as prevent or treat the 11 major risk factors that damage the brain and steal your mind. The BRIGHT MINDS risk factors are Blood flow, Retirement/Aging, Inflammation, Genetics, Head trauma, Toxins, Mind-storms, Immunity and Infections, Neurohormone abnormalities, Diabesity, and Sleep.

Once you optimize these 4 circles and 11 risk factors, your brain, mind, and life will be healthier; and we can all stop talking about mental illnesses, and call them what they really are—brain issues that steal your mind that can be helped when we heal your brain.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Outline five reasons why the term mental illness is stigmatizing, outdated, and does more harm than good
  2. Identify how to assess the 11 BRIGHT MINDS Risk Factors involved in brain health/mental health issues
  3. List five brain SPECT patterns that inform diagnosis and treatment

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*




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Dr. Daniel Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and CEO of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling nearly 100,000 scans on patients from 111 countries. Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award they give members, and 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, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.