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Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Provide scholarships for psychological services to those in need using the Amen Clinics Method - Educate that brain health is central to all health and success - Change how psychiatric medicine is practiced worldwide

Results: Since 2008, has provided financial support for psychological services to over 300 individuals.

Target demographics: The Foundation is dedicated to pursuing research into progressive brain rehabilitation treatments that can have a tremendous impact on those who have experienced brain trauma, whether through sport, military service, accidents or who have been exposed to brain toxicity through substance abuse, exposure to toxic mold and chemotherapeutic agents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We commit to the goal of funding 50 psychiatric evaluations, including neuroimaging and supplements for people who need help but are unable to afford it.

Geographic areas served: 9 locations throughout the US

Programs: Scholarships for brain health and psychological services, brain health education, and public awareness that mental health is really brain health

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kate T.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote to Dr. Amen because I had noticed some behaviors in my husband surfacing over the last couple years. I believed he has PTSD and brain trauma from his time in the military.Tanya has been our point of contact at the brain foundation, and worked diligently on our behalf. We have seen an improvement in the areas we were concerned about: insomnia, anger/irritability, and adhd.Tanya has been a God send. She is genuinely interested in our story and how she can be instrumental in my husbands healing.She has been patient, beyond kind, warm and compassionate. Above all else, she has helped my husband and I feel comfortable in a process that could have been very uncomfortable. She has continued to offer support, even offered to pray with me when I was feeling discouraged.I cannot say enough good things about what this foundation is doing for my husband.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation has offered by husband who sustained a brain injury in the line of duty as a NC State Highway Patrol Trooper an opportunity to receive life-improving therapy that he would never have received without this help. Our injured law enforcement officers across the country do not have the supports or resources that they need to rebuild new lives after injury. I pray that your organization will continue to help this community of often forgotten heroes who desperately need your support to rebuild new lives. The support that you give not only provides hope for our injured, but also provides hope for the entire family. You can see a part of our story and what an impact your support made at the following link: https://youtu.be/ccHZDYa1y1U
There is still time to help our injured rebuild new lives. They cannot do it alone. With your help, they can!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Kay Reyna, wife and caregiver of line of duty injured Master Trooper Humberto Reyna, NC State Highway Patrol

2 Candise D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exceptional service! The first visit, I was with a group No Vet Alone and was treated with utmost respect. The testing was thouroughly explained and I felt comfortable getting the test ran. After the testing, I was given a brief about the parts of my brain that weren't receiving blood flow and was diagnosed with PTSD. This was huge! I have been fighting with the VA for over 10 years about my symptoms of PTSD and there it was on a piece of paper. I finally have proof that my disorder is real! Thank you Amen clinic for providing me with proof.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

First I must say my heart full thank you Dr. Amen his wife, Dr Siegel and his entire team
I am. Veteran US Army 30 years of service and a RN who does Emergency medicine. I have dealt with severe childhood abuse, military sexual trauma and trauma from providing emergency care as a nurse. I have struggled with Ptsd:depression for many years trying to find the right therapy.

I went to NYC office originally to get my daughter tested but she refused and became quite difficult. I still want her to be tested. But one of the things she verbalized while she was screaming is “you are the one with the problem. You get tested. “. So I called John Wordin and I was able to get tested and it was paid for by this unique life saving program.

Dr Seigal was able to sit with me and explain all the findings. Such as Ptsd/ depression, tbi, attention deficit and my sleep disorder and headaches.

Understanding what is going on in my brain was helpful because I could understand why I felt the way I did and what to do for better brain health. Some ailments I was never diagnose with in the past such as my tbi and my attention deficit. Another benefit is that it gave me concrete data to give to my VA physicians.

Even though my mental health journey is not over I was given a path to better brain health. I am taking Dr Amen’s brain health vitamins, I began taking antidepressants.
I have changed my diet and focus on increase in exercise and doing more activities with my family and my Life Aid family.

Utilizing my tools I am a happier person, a better mother, increased my productivity both at work and my social life. I continue to listen To Dr Amen’s talks and read his books. The donations that are given for this program actually saves lives please continue to donate this is the best cause ever and Dr Amen vision to better brain health is the key to helping our Veterans and first responders have hope for a better tomorrow

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Foundation has really made a difference in my little brothers life. He got his evaluation back in 2014 and seeing the results of his brain scan made him feel like it was something physiological instead of something to be ashamed of, and CYBCYL has helped a bunch. He still talks about how important it is to eat a healthy diet (Amen Clinics taught him that) and to take his Omega’s. He still struggles but it would be way worse if he didn’t have a good base of knowledge about taking care of his brain that he learned from Amen Clinics and that wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Foundation. So Grateful for this non profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5


I am grateful to have been the recipient of a spect scan. At the age of 13, I experienced a severe concussion while playing softball. When I woke up at the hospital I had my jaw braced and extensive dental work. If the accident had done that to my teeth, I wondered what it had done to my brain. Years later, when I began to work as a marriage and family therapist it became important to me to know how that accident had affected me. I also wanted to understand the process so I could help others who struggle with trauma and refer them.
Thank you !
Angie T

1 Brittany C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My younger brother was in a tragic car accident this last August. He was severely injured and unfortunately my other brother who is his twin was driving the car and did not survive the accident. My brother showed signs of a concussion and after all tests ran, it showed he did have a change in his brain activity from the accident. The Amen Clinic created a plan to help him heal mentally and physically. As well as provided supplements that he has been taking to improve his brain health.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Before spending your hard-earned money on your charity of choice, or any other well- intentioned cause, I would strongly recommend that you take a close look at the charitable work being performed by the Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation.

I was introduced to the Foundation when a family member was diagnosed with schizophrenia – a serious brain illness in which people interpret reality abnormally. Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and coordinated care. The Amen Clinic’s elaborate scientific work in understanding the brain, not to mention it's philanthropic pursuits therein, we feel honored to support the Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation to assist others in receiving this critical care.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was in a tragic car accident. He was severely injured and his identical twin brother did not survive the trauma. He did not have any major trauma to his head, but did he did have signs of having a concussion. After extensive testing with the Amen Clinic, the tests showed he was experiencing a change with his brain activity due to the accident. Amen Clinic gave him a plan to help him physically and also mentally to improve his life and recover from his injuries.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation helped and continues to help change my brothers life in so many amazing ways. Forever grateful for the hard work and diligence put forth. Thanks for everything!!

Ian

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a prior Army service member with multiple combat deployments in my recent past. I'm also a working father and husband, just trying to excel in both those roles.

Since leaving the military, and having experienced some serious trauma from prior deployments, I (well, mainly my wife) have noticed some significant changes in my concentration, sleep, and mood patterns.
Over the years we've tried almost everything to address these changes: medications for sleep/mood/focus; Diet and cleansing mechanisms; Therapy and communication /healing conventions, even self-help relationship books (ad nauseum). Then my wife reached out to the Amen Clinique, the creators of "Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation", and more specifically Tanya, the Foundation Director (doubling as our personal friend and cheerleader). Within two weeks of my initial assessment, having adhered to the prescribed medical/nutritional/brain stimulating treatment, I was able to sleep soundly for 8 plus hours a night on a regular basis. My wife began making regular comments about how calm I seemed. This was, and has been, a vast improvement to my quality - and enjoyment of - life! Since 2010, I averaged between 3-6 hours of interrupted sleep, when I was able TO sleep at all. Being able to rediscover a normal sleep pattern is a god-sent for me. Seeing the relief and hope in my wife's eyes has been an even greater gift.

I'm still only partially thru my treatment, but the immediate effects have been impactful and encouraging. Dr. Amen and his talented and nurturing staff know what they're doing. I'm a believer in the science behind his methods, and am living proof of the dynamic changes that are possible. I, like my wife, am hopeful and eagerly awaiting completion of this treatment: I'm excited to see where I will be, mentally and emotionally, 4,6, even 8 weeks from now.

My recommendation: If you feel uncharacteristically moody, are having trouble sleeping, and can't access your mind/intellect the way you once could, don't complacently accept that your current state is 'just who you are now'. Trauma, stress, diet, and life-in-general can negatively and prematurely reduce your cognitive function - and over-all enjoyment in life. Don't let that be your accepted narrative for how your life is going. Push back and take a look at this and other forms of health and mental regeneration.

I honestly feel that this treatment can reverse degraded brain function and aptitude. Well, that's been my experience, anyway. The next level benefits extend to dementia and Alzheimer's. Two of my grandparents, and my father, have suffered these degenerative brain diseases. If I continue to receive the results I've so far seen, I'll be introducing my Dad to this program in short order.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for my time with the Change Your Brain, Change Your Life foundation. They provided me with a brain scan and a treatment plan for my anxiety and depression. It has changed my life in so many ways - being able to reference my brain scan and see what was going on in my head has aided in treatment. I finally feel like I am able to be out of the brain fog and depression I've been going through for years. I Can't thank you enough.

1 Loni K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am alive today because of the treatment I received at the Amen Clinic because of the funding provided by this foundation. I attended a Brain Body conference 14 months after my husband's death because of his mental health. I was lost, I was barely holding on to life despite having 4 young kids that still needed their mom.
In fact, when Dr. Amen asked the audience where we thought we'd be in 10 years; I knew where I'd be, I wouldn't be here. I would have made it to my son's graduation and I could let go. But when he spoke about how he was the only psychiatrist that looked at the brain, before he tried to treat it; but I was intent on finding out more.

Through the foundation I was able to receive a full evaluation and treatment. When my scans were reviewed with me, I cried. I cried because there was physical proof that I wasn't making it up; I wasn't exaggerating at how fast, how loud and how overwhelming my thoughts were. AND there was a course of treatment that wasn't first about the medications I should take, but rather a whole plan!

To this day, I show my brain scans to people hoping to change the stigma of living with a mental illness. I speak on how the Change your Brain, Change your Life Foundation set me on a path to living rather than just existing. I am no longer fighting to control my illness, but rather I have learned to manage it to live a successful life!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation came along side a patient who was struggling with depression and anxiety. He had been to many doctors, and had given up hope. Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation made it possible for him to get a SPECT Scan, which has resulted in dramatic positive changes at home as a father and husband, and has allowed him to become employed. With their financial support to make the SPECT Scan and follow up treatment possible this story would have had a different ending!! Please support Change Your Brain Change Your Life Foundation!