The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America: Daniel Amen

Daniel Amen is a man that the public mostly knows because of the book he co-authored with Pastor Rick Warren. “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life”, has been on the New York Time’s best seller list and has had hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Both Daniel Amen and Rick Warren have each put a piece of their ideologies into the book. Rick Warren has included how faith and practicing the lessons of the Bible are important in leading a just and wholesome life, while Daniel Amen includes information about nutrition, exercise, and social outlets are the key to all overall wellness of the body and soul. When the two were invited to the talk show, “The View”, they were greeted by thousands of fans and followers of their teachings. Daniel Amen has written a few other books as well. His first book, published in 1999, titled “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” also made it to the New York Times best seller list. He also wrote “Making a Good Brain Great”, “Healing the Hardware of the Soul”, “The Brain in Love”, and “Healing ADD from the Inside Out”.

With the amount of popularity he was receiving from his books and live showings, Daniel Amen planned to increase his attention in the public’s eyes by becoming the star of numerous television health programs. His shows were shown a few times a month but never seemed to have a set schedule. During his shows Daniel Amen would give suggestions to viewers and audience members on how they could live a better life, whether it was eating better, exercising more, connecting with family, or making time for religion. There were also a few shows dedicated to childhood mental illnesses, ADHD, and ADD. His most viewed program, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” talked about the teachings of his book by the same title. The show has been aired over 1,300 times and helped Daniel Amen earn his title “the most popular psychiatrist in America”.

Daniel Amen’s fascination with psychiatry and wellness began while he was a young boy growing up with his Lebanese parents in Encino, California. At Southern California College he studied Biology and in 1978 he earned an undergraduate degree in the same field. Next he earned his doctorate at the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. Daniel Amen earned more than 200 hours of medical training at both the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His training led him to be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry twice. His primary focus became child and adolescent psychiatry after he married Tana Amen and they had their first child.