The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast

  • Published: 16 October 2013
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Comments • 9 096

  • srkibble
    srkibble  9 hours back

    People like Amen are the kinds of people that make me hate TEDx talks. The reason nothing has been done even though this has been out since 2013 is because there's no scientific evidence that his methods work. He's very convincing here, using emotional hooks like school shootings and anecdotal successes stories, but notice no mention of hard scientific data on the success rate of his program. Also note that he SELLS brain scans and treatment programs, so he has a vested interest. I'm not trying to say he's wrong, it's possible his treatment methods are effective, but what I am trying to say is that you should properly look into it yourself instead of blindly believing him just because he's charismatic and has some credentials.

    • Mike Becket
      Mike Becket  2 days back

      They actually found that most people nowadays have nothing inside their skull.. well duh....we knew that a long time ago

      • Joseph Cortijo
        Joseph Cortijo  2 days back

        Interesting but, what do we do to help heal our brains, kind of left us hanging in my opinion.

        • Muneeb Iqbal
          Muneeb Iqbal  2 days back

          Only thing I deduced is increasing blood flow. But I'm intrigued. I have the same if not worse view about psychiatrist. CBT and random medication is there only solution to all the various problems.

      • Sean B
        Sean B  2 days back

        And people think that 80 years of this lifetime is the best?

        • Veronica Christopher
          Veronica Christopher  3 days back

          Thanks for this! My doctor ordered my brain scan last year after I couldn’t shake severe depression. My brain is different. Lots of scar tissue from lifelong abuse that began when I was about 8. I’ve been through addictions, homelessness, more downs than ups.

          It was only when I learned this did not make me a bad person, that it made me wiser and more introspective, that I can deal with it. The sadness very rarely ever goes away- it’s always there not far beneath the surface- so I make sure to face it. I make sure to openly feel that rage, hurt, sadness, and so on. I face it without chemicals and I cry when I have to. It’s all that helps me not to lash out and misdirect my inner woes onto others. And instead of writing the typical fiction I used to, i now write of things close to my heart. I now write of overcoming human adversity.

          • ed low
            ed low  3 days back

            Simply heroic.

            • susmita mondal
              susmita mondal  3 days back

              Treatment needs to be tailored to individual brains rather than cluster of symptoms.

              • Cam Moto
                Cam Moto  3 days back

                Don’t be fooled into transcranial stimulation. You’ll have permanent tinnitus and never enjoy a crowd or concert again with the brain sensitivity it causes.

                • Cam Moto
                  Cam Moto  3 days back

                  The “Amens” are psychopathic profiteers who never reveal any authentic thought they haven’t modified to placate their narcissism.

                  • Heather G
                    Heather G  3 days back

                    So how do I help my son?

                    • Jason Mixon
                      Jason Mixon  3 days back

                      I AM A PATIENT OF DR.AMEN AND HE SAVED MY LIFE AND HELP ME BE A BETTER FATHER AND HUSBAND! I had a football Injury and got hit in the head with a baseball bat I suffered from Addiction depression ,anxiety ,and ADHD! He saved my life.

                      • Kile B
                        Kile B  3 days back

                        ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!This is why I got into the field of addiction and recovery mother of my child passed due to alcoholism and would wish that loss on nobody and if I could do anything to prevent and educate that families could live a healthier preventive life.
                        Be blessed to all!

                        • Alexis Tosta
                          Alexis Tosta  4 days back

                          I would like to know how I can reach out to this man.

                          • Muneeb Iqbal
                            Muneeb Iqbal  2 days back

                            Touch the screen. It's the closest you will get. Stroke that screen.

                        • All rounder Vahi
                          All rounder Vahi  4 days back

                          Amazing .., 👍👍👏🏻👏🏻

                          • Arian R1A
                            Arian R1A  4 days back

                            ii see already as the military use this technique to manipulate people

                            • CptObvious
                              CptObvious  4 days back

                              But how are you changing their brains ??????????????????????????????

                              • AntiR0b0t
                                AntiR0b0t  4 days back

                                Step 1: Get health insurance
                                Step 2: Brain scan
                                Step 3: Live a better life

                                Talk about BRAIN FOOD, top 5 tedx talk to date. <3

                                • Col Price
                                  Col Price  5 days back

                                  incredible, moving and we need corruption i.e big pharma, health insurance kicked out of the ballpark to enable us to develop this idea into the mainstream NOW.

                                  • Manuel Serratos
                                    Manuel Serratos  5 days back

                                    Some people have complained that it's been 6 years since this talk and not much or nothing has changed. I'd like to agree, but I think Mr Amen meant more than only scanning patients' brains.
                                    He kept making a strong case for some scanning-based treatment better than the usual drugs and therapy... and what I understood at the end is that such treatment is extracting brain tumors or other deformities, brain surgery.
                                    If many people still wanted to follow such procedure psychiatrists would be limited to referring patients to brain surgeons if therapies and drugs have failed. But, again, since some people here claim not much has changed it figures that most people decline to follow through with Dr Amen's ideas, not really surprising as great as they sound.

                                    • JJKORKY
                                      JJKORKY  5 days back

                                      What an amazing story - an amazing kid

                                      • Karen Antle
                                        Karen Antle  5 days back

                                        What does the therapy involve? HOW do you treat brain injuries?

                                        • BEAUTYnIQ
                                          BEAUTYnIQ  4 days back

                                          he said it .. its called a 'BrainSmart' program .. quintessentially ; Brain Rehab ..
                                          youre welcome .

                                      • D4NC3Rable
                                        D4NC3Rable  6 days back

                                        This man is SO passionate I love listening to someone talk like this about their area of expertise. And he's right.

                                        • Megan Kull
                                          Megan Kull  6 days back

                                          Wow! That was a powerful speech. When was the last time my brain had a check-up? What might people see if they actually looked?

                                          • roman2011
                                            roman2011  6 days back

                                            Sounds like an infomercial - we offer a simple solution (that no other doctors have thought of) to your life threatening problems. Get a brain scan now and the second is for free.

                                            • safety first in texas
                                              safety first in texas  6 days back

                                              great opportunity for good,

                                              and bad

                                              depending on its use.

                                              • Npc 2000
                                                Npc 2000  4 days back

                                                safety first in texas yo shout out from South Texas. Our government already owns patents on "devices for producing a desired brain state".

                                            • Eduardo L
                                              Eduardo L  6 days back

                                              I need a scan no more medication to Enrich big pharma

                                              • Z WolF
                                                Z WolF  6 days back

                                                Fasting anyone?

                                                • Alma Glad
                                                  Alma Glad  7 days back

                                                  I love this talk!! Wow

                                                  • Mike Becket
                                                    Mike Becket  1 weeks back

                                                    Some of not most don't actually have a functioning brain. .....well we all knew that. ..

                                                    • KINGCOINS BANDANTIQS
                                                      KINGCOINS BANDANTIQS  1 weeks back

                                                      DANIEL PLEASE HELP ME GET A SMART BRAIN PROGRAM AND TREATMENT BECAUSE I MIGHT JUST CHANGE MY MIND ON OTHER NEGATIVE VIEWS OF THE MALPRACTICE AND THE MISUSE OF PSYCHADELUC DRUG TESTING ON PATIENTS WHO REALLY DID NOT NEED THEM JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT LISTENED TO AND BELIEVED PLACES LUKE THE ONE I WAS FALSELY PLACED IN BY INDIVIDUALS TO 5150 FACILITIES JUST TO HAVE PHARMACEUTICAL TRIALS JAMMED AND FORCED DOWN THIER THROATS WHEN THEY REALLY DIS NOT KNOW THAT THEY WOULD BE ADDICTED TO THEM AND FROM ANY REACH OF TAKING THEM UNLESS THEY COMMITTED SUICIDAL AND DISLIKABLE ACTS UPON THMSELVES OR HARM TO THIER BODIES JUSTS TO BE SENT BACK TO THOSE PLACES ...... i will only speak to you personally if you are for real and if you really want to change and save lives like i do. and i have tons of data for you . i love psychology and i wanted to be a psychiatrist myself but but never finished only you have a passion and only you can probably help me help you to help them and others like like me thank you daniel and god bless your new form of sight .....,,

                                                      • b weaver
                                                        b weaver  1 weeks back

                                                        But HOW did they change it? Diet? Exercise? Operations??

                                                        • Libia Garcia
                                                          Libia Garcia  1 weeks back


                                                          • Nicole Skinner
                                                            Nicole Skinner  1 weeks back

                                                            Makes me so sad. My grandma gos to VA Phyc unit.She is a vet who is 94yrs Old. At the VA old & young mixed together in the phyc Ward geriatric specialty psychiatry going on there,or scan technology, their old computer system can't connect to other hospitals to get accurate data about their vets. The social worker called it a " time capsule"...How I wish the VA could do scans for vets! My friend's son who is a vet has had 3 of his vet friends commit suicide. Very sad.

                                                            • v2snider1
                                                              v2snider1  1 weeks back

                                                              80 thousand brain scans and his ego qualifies him to know the mind ??? Sorry it’s much more complex

                                                              • Lisa Anne
                                                                Lisa Anne  1 weeks back

                                                                Wellbutrin caused seizures and subsequently a TBI, But I then started to paint 2015 And i have just joined a gallery and have begun to sell my work

                                                                • Ashkan Kordmahaleh
                                                                  Ashkan Kordmahaleh  1 weeks back

                                                                  I love this talk; I’ve watched it multiple times and every time, I learn new fascinating facts about our brain complexity and potential.

                                                                  • Andrew Herbert
                                                                    Andrew Herbert  1 weeks back

                                                                    Play this at 1.5x

                                                                    • Irene Quinn Marco
                                                                      Irene Quinn Marco  1 weeks back

                                                                      Preach it!!!! TRUTH!!! Help

                                                                      • rupesh gupta
                                                                        rupesh gupta  1 weeks back

                                                                        Better not to play with Brain Because if we can convert a criminal to civilized person, we can convert civilized person to a criminal, and people will see violence and dead everywhere.

                                                                        • Count Saint Germain
                                                                          Count Saint Germain  1 weeks back

                                                                          I forget to say about criminals behavoiours and genetic code that the real problem its there in the agresivity genes which aparently are much numerous than to the other peoples !
                                                                          And its wellknown that our brain structure its configurate at the first 9 nine month woomb life by our genetic heritage !
                                                                          In my oppinion a criminal its like a poissined snake ! He could change his skin but never his venom !

                                                                          • Count Saint Germain
                                                                            Count Saint Germain  1 weeks back

                                                                            Dr.Daniel ,
                                                                            you are proud about your work and I agree with that but why dont you say about the risks of your research when special services which serve the politicians governs use your discoveryes to dominate public mass ? Many social conflicts start from a button and also when the job its done well they finished them from the same place ...
                                                                            Plus sir , our brains are not designed to pay taxes which make a batter life for parliaments people or gouvenants !

                                                                            • Alison Dunn
                                                                              Alison Dunn  1 weeks back

                                                                              Something this simple could have so many lives from all the shootings in America. Wish people would realise that brain scans should be affordable and not be so money grabbing. Sad they have a price on a people’s lives.
                                                                              Brain scans should be compulsory at certain ages for everyone. We could save thousands of lives so easily.

                                                                              • Alicia B-G
                                                                                Alicia B-G  1 weeks back

                                                                                This needs to be shared far and away!

                                                                                • Shashank Singh
                                                                                  Shashank Singh  2 weeks back

                                                                                  psychiatry can change generations of people - true , very true sir

                                                                                  • Giulietta Ciambotti
                                                                                    Giulietta Ciambotti  2 weeks back

                                                                                    You are not stuck with the brain you have... we can change it. Amazing.

                                                                                    • RavishingTwinkle
                                                                                      RavishingTwinkle  2 weeks back

                                                                                      The brain scan of a sociopath and psychopath is different from that of neurotypical. Brain scans reveal fate.

                                                                                      • nitramgnal
                                                                                        nitramgnal  2 weeks back

                                                                                        No description of treatment.

                                                                                        • Catherine Murphy
                                                                                          Catherine Murphy  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Gosh this man speaks such practical truths?