7 01, 2014

Anger – Part 2: Others-Directed Anger

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Anger is a normal and anticipated emotion that each of us experiences to challenging or unexpected events in life. Acknowledging one’s angry feelings and accepting the reality of the emotion are a part of building strong emotional condition. Healthy expressions of anger are an effective means of communicating frustration and/or disappointment. However, self-directed anger and others-directed anger, or rage, are never productive!

Click here for Anger – Part 1: Self-Directed Anger
Others-Directed Anger:
Most expressions of anger are inappropriate. Yet, displays of wrath are common; fits of rage appear commonplace. Others-Directed Anger affects the offender and the offended. Many of us have unwittingly ended up as the recipient of someone else’s exhibition of anger. It is estimated that more than 20% of people in the United States ineffectively struggle with anger issues. When you consider the number of people that these angry people comes in contact with on a daily basis, is it surprising that we typically witness or experience someone’s anger several times a week?

Consider even these few statistics from one study:

32% agreed they had a family member who has significant trouble controlling their anger.
More than 12% of these same people also have trouble controlling their own anger.
28% of people stated they worry about the level of anger they experience.
20% stated they have ended a relationship because of reasons related to anger issues.
25,000 Americans are killed by another person each year.

Common forms of Others-Directed Anger include the following:

Impulsive/Habitual Anger — These people have a short fuse and explode without considering the consequences. They are known to fly off the handle.
Intentional Anger — These people use anger to intimidate, threaten, and bully others in order to get what they want.
Defensive Anger/Retaliatory Anger — These [...]

31 12, 2013

Anger – Part 1: Self-Directed Anger

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Anger is defined by as a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire. defines anger as an emotional state that may range in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger has physical effects including raising the heart rate, blood pressure, and the levels of both adrenaline and noradrenaline. Additionally, anger can cause muscle tension, headache or migraine, and decreased mental clarity. Anger as an emotion can be very instructive; however, acting on that anger is often destructive. Anger, the emotion, signals the fact that something or someone has come between you and a desired goal of yours; it becomes a call to action.

Types of Anger:
Anger is a general term used to describe any number of different forms and degrees of this emotion. Displays of anger may range from mild expressions of agitation to extreme fits of rage. There are many types of identifiable anger, with a dozen of these being among the most commonly recognized. A few types of anger are healthy forms of emotional expression that prompt change in self or relationships, while unhealthy manifestations include self-directed anger or others-directed anger. These are numerous and may, in fact, be dangerous.

Self-Directed Anger:
Self-Directed anger is anger directed inwardly at oneself. It is anger that may sit silently for some time, but eventually, it may become like a fire that rages. Once it reaches this point, it may lead to inappropriate outbursts of anger that land on unsuspecting, innocent victims. Research reveals that most people turn 90% of their anger toward themselves. This self-directed anger becomes the result of an attempt to control and contain the emotion of anger. Many consider it easier to [...]

24 12, 2013

All Behavioral Disorders are Not the Same: Part 2

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Even though Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder have different characteristics, they are both Behavioral Disorders and both require treatment to effectively overcome the symptoms. Please read All Behavioral Disorders are Not the Same: Part 1 for a more detailed discussion on the differences between these two disorders.
Effective Treatment:
Research has shown that neurofeedback is an effective form of treatment for both ODD and CD.
There is a neurological/physiological aspect to these conditions; neurofeedback addresses the brainwave activity that is out of balance. As brainwaves return to a normal state through neurofeedback therapy, and the child/family undergo weekly counseling sessions to address unhealthy thought/behavior patterns, symptoms are reduced or eliminated. The number of sessions varies for these disorders, but it is common to find that ODD and related issues, including AD/HD and anxiety, often respond in 50-60 sessions; CD and the co-morbid conditions typically take 80 sessions or more.
How We Can Help:
At Brain Changers, we treat children/adolescents with ODD and CD through neurofeedback and counseling. We also work very closely with the family in counseling sessions. It is important for these families to understand that the earlier they seek treatment after symptoms start, the more quickly this therapy is effective!
Especially with CD, parents may become discouraged when they don’t see results right away. We explain it like this: A man takes a sledge-hammer to a block of marble. He pounds the marble 100 times and nothing happens. On the 101st stroke with the hammer, the marble breaks into pieces. It wasn’t the 101st stroke that caused the marble to break; it was the 100 strokes before it that caused the last blow to finally smash the marble. Thus, it is [...]

17 12, 2013

All Behavioral Disorders are Not the Same: Part 1

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Having a child with a behavioral disorder is no easy task for parents and siblings. Regardless of the age of the child, when Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD) is present, this child attempts to rule the roost and call the shots in the home! Unhealthy patterns can emerge for the entire family; the child’s manipulation and anger grow as they consistently work to his/her benefit, parents become increasingly exasperated at trying to appease their child in hopes of bringing peace to the home, siblings act out in an attempt to express their frustration, or they withdraw from the family in an attempt to survive outside of the chaos!
There are some very distinct differences between these childhood behavioral disorders. They both present with unacceptable behaviors that must be tackled effectively for healing to take place. Additionally, it is imperative to address both disorders, as these disorders always have a chance of progressing! ODD has the potential to develop into full-blown CD, and a small percentage of CD youth develop full-blown Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) by age 18.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder:
For a diagnosis of ODD to be made, the disturbance in behavior must be causing significant problems in school, in relationships with family and friends, and in the workplace. ODD will not be diagnosed if the therapist suspects that the child’s or teen’s behaviors are being directly caused by another psychotic or mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder.
Although children and teens with ODD will show some of the same behaviors as those with conduct disorder, including being very negative, angry and defiant, their behavior generally stops short of the mean or cruel behavior that is present in conduct disorder, such as [...]

3 12, 2013

Help for Learning Disabilities

By |December 3rd, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Help for Learning Disabilities|

Do you worry that your child doesn’t seem to be doing well in school? Are you concerned because a teacher or counselor from the school called to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s behavior and grades? Does your child have a melt-down when it comes time to read or complete homework?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, there are approximately 2.4 million students in the United States who struggle with a Learning Disability.
How is a Learning Disability related to brain function?
Research has shown that learning disabilities are related to brain function issues. In order to process information accurately, brain waves need to function at a typical rate. When the brain waves are out of balance, handling information too quickly or too slowly, it can affect learning.

Additionally, in order to process information correctly, different areas of the brain must communicate with one another. If the rate at which these regions of the brain share information is too fast or too slow, learning may be very difficult.
How can neurofeedback help?
Neurofeedback is very effective therapy for Learning Disabilities! Brain Changers utilizes neurofeedback therapy to retrain brainwaves that are functioning too quickly or slowly, as well as help improve the way in which the different areas of the brain communicate with each other. After treatment, we have seen many students gain confidence and success in the classroom!
Read testimonials here!
Call us today to learn how we can help!

19 11, 2013

Testimonial: Dyslexia and ADHD

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When attending a meeting with our child’s 1st grade teacher, we were told that it appears there was some sort of learning disability. All I could think was, “No. Not again.” She was our youngest and our fifth child to be told this.

We knew all too well the struggles that come from dyslexia & ADD. All of our children were tested and were found to have a high IQ, but they all had dyslexia. Dyslexia, outwardly, may look very different from a high IQ. No amount of accommodations make up for the high level of frustration these children deal wtih every day.

I had been told about neurofeedback. I did some research and found Brain Changers. I called and talked with Dr. McClung. She was very helpful, informative, and kind.

It was a big decision, as we live two hours away.  They worked with us on appointment times, and they were very accommodating.

Our child is now reading on her own and doing homework by herself. Her teacher was amazed at her progress. Before neurofeedback, our daughter was extremely shy. Now, she has been in school plays and is cheerful and outgoing.

I really like the fact about no harmful medication and no bad side effects. It was the best decision for our child. It’s well worth the investment in anyone’s life.

Jeannie Mars, mother of 7 year old

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    Is it Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD)?

27 06, 2013

Is it Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD)?

By |June 27th, 2013|Anger and Rage, Behavioral Disorder|Comments Off on Is it Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD)?|

All children misbehave. It is a part of growing up, testing the waters, and coming of age. The majority of children, however, learn from correction and discipline. They choose more appropriate behaviors when the next opportunity presents itself, because their desire is to learn from mistakes and enjoy growing up without chronically being in trouble!
Behavioral Disorders and the Home:
A child with a behavioral disorder appears to be wired differently. Having this child in the home is no easy task for parents or siblings. Whether a teen or just a few years old, when symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD) are present, the child with a behavioral disorder rules the roost and calls the shots! The child’s manipulation, anger and hostility, and defiance grow as he or she consistently strives to control the environment. He may also experience symptoms of anxiety or depression, and/or ADD (AD/HD).This child has a very strong sense of entitlement, and the home may become a tumultuous place of unrest. Unhealthy patterns emerge for the entire family; parents become increasingly exasperated and regularly appease their child in hopes of bringing peace to the home, siblings act out in an attempt to express their frustration or withdraw from the family in an attempt to survive, and/or one parent and siblings may spend significant time away from the home in an attempt to avoid the chaos!
How do I know which disorder describes my child?
According to the criteria used to diagnose ODD and CD, there are some definite differences between these disorders. Both are behavioral disorders, and both present with unacceptable behaviors that must be tackled effectively for healing to take place for the child and the home. Additionally, it is [...]

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    Conduct Disorder: Is your child’s behavior out of control?

27 06, 2013

Conduct Disorder: Is your child’s behavior out of control?

By |June 27th, 2013|Behavioral Disorder, Parenting|Comments Off on Conduct Disorder: Is your child’s behavior out of control?|

Conduct disorder is a type of behavioral disorder. It can be divided into two sub-categories: childhood-onset and adolescent-onset. Childhood onset is found more frequently in males, and it often involves physical aggression beginning at a young age. Traditional treatment involves counseling and behavior modification, with medication to treat associated disorders. Unfortunately, these treatments are highly ineffective with childhood onset, and many of these children will develop antisocial personality disorder as adults. Neurofeedback has been found to be a promising form of treatment for this disorder, as it actually changes the brain waves patterns associated with this behavior disorder.

Adolescent-onset conduct disorder occurs when a child moves from oppositional defiant disorder and/or other significant behavior issues at or around age 10. Without appropriate treatment, these children are at significant risk for illegal and dangerous behavior. With appropriate and effective intervention, including neurofeedback, adolescent-onset is much less likely to develop into antisocial personality disorder.

The majority of children and adolescents with this disorder also have a comorbid disorder that aggravates the symptoms. The comorbid conditions include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or AD/HD), Learning Disability (LD), Depression or Anxiety Disorder, Anger Disorder, Communication Disorder, and/or Tourette’s Disorder.  A study involving 236 children with ADD (AD/HD) revealed that 95% of these children had co-morbid conditions of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or related behavior issues (Bird, Gould, & Staghezza Jaramillo, 1994). An 8-year follow-up study revealed that 80% of these children still struggled with hyperactivity as adolescents. Additionally, 60% developed severe oppositional defiant disorder or progressed to full-blown conduct disorder.
How Can Brain Changers Help?
These staggering statistics scream loudly that more effective intervention is needed. Brain Changers offers a full range of non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatments that include Neurofeedback, and Counseling. [...]

27 06, 2013

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a troubling Behavioral Disorder

By |June 27th, 2013|Behavioral Disorder|Comments Off on Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a troubling Behavioral Disorder|

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as observed in children and adolescents, is a pattern of rebellious and hostile behavior directed toward authority figures. It falls into the category of Behavioral Disorders, and, if left untreated, can develop into more serious conditions, including Conduct Disorder, and then to Antisocial Personality Disorder in adulthood.
Behavioral Disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder are currently being discussed in the media and elsewhere, in the aftermath of shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado. Is ODD a possible precursor to individuals who develop into adults capable of carrying out such horrific mass murders?

What Are the Characteristics of the Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ODD. For a clinical diagnosis, a child must display a specific pattern of behaviors that last at least six months. These behaviors fall outside the scope of normal childhood behaviors, such as occasional temper tantrums or “acting out.”
By age 5 or 6, children have usually grown out of temper tantrums. In ODD children, however, they are still prone to emotional outbursts when they reach elementary school age, as if they were “stuck” in the temper-tantrum stage of a 2- to 3-year-old.

Diagnostic criteria for Oppositional Defiant Disorder:
A. A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months, during which four (or more) of the following are present:

 often loses temper
 often argues with adults
often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules
often deliberately annoys people
often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
is often angry and resentful
is often spiteful or vindictive

Note: Consider a criterion met only if the [...]

20 06, 2013

Processed Foods: Empty Calories

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We know that the main currency the body requires to run is energy. This is what makes us function from the cellular level all the way up to the everyday activities. Why is it some days we have more energy and other days less? Why is it harder to get up in the morning when you have had a big dinner the night before? Have you ever wondered why we feel the need to nap after a heavy meal? Processed foods are full of empty calories that wreak havoc on energy levels. Looking at our diet practically gives us the biggest insight into understanding the levels  of energy we have, as well as  becoming aware of the nutritional needs we are lacking.

Can Diet Affect Brain Function?
For instance, let’s look at a typical fast-food meal that represents the processed foods that most Americans eat on a daily basis. A meal consisting of a burger, fries, and a soft drink may sound appealing, but it is full of empty calories.  In order to digest it, this meal takes away stored energy from your body. Additionally, once it depletes energy for digestion, there is little energy added to the body from this meal. This is due to eating the wrong combination of foods and the inability of this meal to yield any reasonable source of energy.
Energy depletion is one argument against eating processed foods and empty calories. Additional arguments include the increase in the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Essentially, these foods are physically unhealthy for us due to the following:

the use of low-quality food which is both unnatural and toxic to humans
destruction of food’s nutritional value through processing and refining
the use of protoplasmic poisons [...]