1. Poor Memory
    If your memory was worse than it was ten years ago, it is a sign your brain is struggling.
  2. Poor judgment/impulsiveness
    If you struggle with consistent problems of poor judgment or impulsive behavior, your brain may be troubled.
  3. Short attention span/distractibility
    Having a short attention span or being easily distracted could be a sign of brain dysfunction, meaning it is time to start taking better care of it.
  4. Depression
    From time to time, all of us feel sad, but when sad or depressed feelings persist, it is called clinical depression and is usually associated with lower activity in the brain. Boosting brain function often has a very positive effect on mood.
  5. Obesity or being overweight
    In studies at the Amen Clinics, we have found that as your weight goes up, your ability to think and reason go down, which means that over time, if you don’t get your weight under control, it will become harder for you to use your own good judgment.
  6. Low Energy
    When people feel physically tired, it is often due to low brain function.
  7. Chronic insomnia/sleep apnea
    Another sign that your brain may be in trouble, is a lack of sleep or sleep apnea. Research suggests that people who get less than seven hours of sleep at night have lower overall blood flow to the brain and poorer cognitive functioning.

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  • Oh no! all 7!

    • Dr. Daniel Amen

      If you have all 7 – or even a few of these issues – there are many steps you can take to improve the health of your brain and body. If you haven’t read my new book, Change Your Brain, Change your Life Revised and Expanded 2015, I highly recommend you get it from your local library or pick up a copy at the bookstore. The book gives you tons of information on how you can improve the health of your brain and feel better.

  • Heather Walker

    I had a SPECT scan years ago but findings were not discussed with me in layman’s terms (not helpful) what does “Mild, global cerebral profusion deficits” mean? Struggle with deep memory issues

    • Dr. Daniel Amen

      Heather you can call the clinic where you were scanned and ask the doctor with whom you met to clarify the questions you have about the results from the report.

      • Heather Walker

        Unfortunately he is no longer in practice as this was some years ago – after listening to the interview with you and Dr, Fotuhi I think I will simply focus on those things that can improve my brain health.

        I found it interesting that Dr. Fotuhi lectures at Harvard. There is a Professor of Psychology there who asked for permission to use my case for educational purposes – he says that many of the symptoms I struggle with are reflective of non-progressive MCI.

  • Reyna

    Wow, this is bad. It’s 3:36 in the morning and I have all these symptoms. I’m diagnosed with ADHD and Major Depressive Disorder. I need a brain scan and supplement plan. You should start an Amen Camp where people like me can go to change our brains. We get scanned on the way in, you give us your treatment plan plus a workout regimen and we get scanned on the way out. I bet the findings would be incredible!!!