Anger and Rage

23 03, 2017

Help for Veterans in Galveston County

By |March 23rd, 2017|Anger and Rage, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Help for Veterans in Galveston County|

I am happy to announce an organization that I am excited to participate with to provide neurofeedback services to Galveston county veterans, Homecoming for Veterans (HC4V).

HC4V exists to treat veterans who struggle with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and/or other mental health issues that limit their ability to enjoy life after service to our country. By retraining brainwaves and bringing the brain to a more relaxed state, this therapy works as an effective adjunct to traditional therapy, helping veterans find greater relief and hope.  The results are lasting, which is another benefit to this treatment.

I have been involved with neurofeedback, also called eeg biofeedback or neurotherapy, since 2010, and I was a partner at a neurofeedback and Christian counseling practice in Dallas, Dallas Brain Changers. My husband and I moved to Galveston in 2015, where I opened my office in November 2015.

With Galveston Brain Changers, veterans seeking treatment will receive a 30% discount on the evaluation and testing, and they receive 20 neurofeedback sessions at no cost. Additional sessions will be provided at a 30% discount for the duration of treatment.

Please call the office for more information or to schedule an appointment. If there is a waiting list for the 20 complimentary sessions, veterans can choose to wait for availability, or they can start treatment @ the 30% discount and then apply the 20 free sessions when they become available.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Homecoming for Veterans –

Galveston Brain Changers –

You can also reach us by phone @ 409-300-3113 or via email @ [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!

24 09, 2014

Communicating with Teens

By |September 24th, 2014|Anger and Rage, Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Depression, Parenting|Comments Off on Communicating with Teens|

The teenage brain is adapting and growing daily. Development of the pre-frontal cortex (responsible for executive functioning and the ability to make wise decisions, set and achieve goals, and communicate effectively) continues to form until about age 24. Thus, even emotionally healthy teens struggle with decision-making and healthy communication.
Anyone who has either taught or raised a teenager is acutely aware that communicating with teens has the potential to be a frustrating and sometimes awkward event. When a teenager is dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, adhd, behavioral disorder, or other mental health disorder, communication can be even more challenging.
The Grant-Halliburton Foundation recently sponsored a dynamic conference entitled, “When Life Hands You Teenagers.”  One of the speakers, Michelle Kinder, from Momentous Institute, shared some great insights for communicating with teens during her session, “Connecting with Teens: Using the Side Door When the Front Door Slams in Your Face.”

Build a Safe Relationship:
Two important elements for adults to consider regarding building healthy communication with teens were addressed in this seminar. The first includes fostering a safe relationship with your teen. Teachable moments are priceless, but when a stressed teen is in the middle of a rage or meltdown, this is not the time to teach a valuable lesson about respect or responsibility. When a teen’s brain is going haywire, very little information will be retained! Kinder refers to this as being dysregulated, and this word clearly describes what is going on in the teenage brain during a stressful situation. Wait until both of you are calm, collected, and thinking clearly before seizing that teachable moment!

Consider the River of Well-Being:
Another element for adults to consider when communicating with a teen is described by the [...]

14 01, 2014

Anger – Part 3: Anger Management

By |January 14th, 2014|Anger and Rage, News & Events|Comments Off on Anger – Part 3: Anger Management|

Anger Management:
Everyone experiences anger. There is, however, a difference in displaying fits of rage to deal with anger and learning to deal with and express anger in a healthy way. Anger management involves learning to recognize signs that you are becoming angry, taking the necessary action to calm down, and then dealing with the situation in a positive way. Anger management does NOT involve suppressing the feeling of anger or learning to hold anger in. It is vital to understand that anger is a normal, healthy emotion; one can learn to express it appropriately. Anger management is about learning to control the way you express your anger.
Anger management helps you learn to recognize frustrations early and then resolve them in a way that allow you to remain calm and in control while still expressing your needs.

Indicators of Out of Control Anger:

Often feeling you are fighting to hold anger in
Frequent arguments with spouse, friends, children, or co-workers
Trouble with the law
Physical violence
Threats of violence against people or property
Out-of-control behavior, such as breaking things or driving recklessly

Triggers and Signs of Anger:
It is important to recognize triggers and the emotional/physical signs that indicate you are becoming angry.

Learn to recognize and identify any stressors that commonly trigger or worsen your anger. These may include financial stress, work-related stresses, or frustration with spouse or child.
Pay attention to physical indicators that you may be about to lose control. Clenching your teeth, driving too fast, tensing your body are examples of this.
Note the emotional signs that anger is on the rise. Do you feel you are fighting to hold in what you really want to say? Do you just want to [...]

7 01, 2014

Anger – Part 2: Others-Directed Anger

By |January 7th, 2014|Anger and Rage, News & Events|Comments Off on Anger – Part 2: Others-Directed Anger|

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

By |December 31st, 2013|Anger and Rage, News & Events|Comments Off on Anger – Part 1: Self-Directed Anger|

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 [...]

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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 [...]

21 02, 2013

Bullying: How to Deal with Bullies

By |February 21st, 2013|Anger and Rage, Bullying|Comments Off on Bullying: How to Deal with Bullies|

Bullying is all too common in modern society. If you learn that your child is being bullied, you can be certain that he or she is not alone in this situation, and it is important to learn how to deal with bullies.

Click here for Article: Bullying and the Effects of Bullying
According to the National Education Association:

One out of every seven students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
56% of students have witnessed bullying, in some form, at school.
15% of school absenteeism is related to bullying — and one out of 10 high school dropouts does so because of bullying.

It is critical that we, as parents and as a society, figure out what to do to stop bullying. Not only does it hurt children in the short term and cause negative effects that linger into adulthood — but as many as 75% of school shootings have been linked to bullying.*

*Click here to review a detailed list of statistics on bullying: Bully Facts and Statistics
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is more than occasional teasing on the soccer field. It can be physical, verbal, cyber bullying, or even relational — relational bullying meaning affecting a child’s relationships by shutting him or her out of a group. Bullying happens repeatedly, and it is clearly an unwanted and dangerous behavior. It can stifle healthy emotional development and/or lead to Depression or Anxiety in the victim.
Bullies might taunt others because they need to feel power over another who is seemingly weaker or different; they do it to increase their own power or status in a social group. They may do it to get attention. Sometimes children or teens bully because violent [...]

14 02, 2013

Bullying and the Effects of Bullying

By |February 14th, 2013|Anger and Rage, Bullying|Comments Off on Bullying and the Effects of Bullying|

Bullying is not to be taken lightly. It’s been in the news a great deal lately. It may be because something bad has happened to a victim of bullying or because a victim has taken action against himself or others as a result of the bullying. Short of keeping children isolated from their peers, it seems to be an almost insurmountable problem. How do we help the victims of bullying? Anxiety and Depression can be associated with the effects of bullying.

What Happens to Bullying Victims?
Being bullied is more than being the victim of occasional taunts, or even a black eye, on the playground. Those of us who survived the hardships of childhood and adolescence may dismiss bullying as “just something that happens” and may even tell victims that it will make them stronger. The effects of bullying are serious, though!
Peer bullying is much, much more than a typical rite of passage. While some kids do “get over it,” many others experience lasting repercussions from bullying that can remain for their entire lives. Bullied children and teens may become anxious, depressed, and withdrawn. They may struggle in school, if they manage to show up at all — why, after all, would a child want to go to school when they know they will be belittled and taunted by their peers? Bullied children even experience more physical illnesses, such as frequent headaches and stomachaches, than their peers. These are real, not imagined, symptoms of what is happening to them. Often, the bullies themselves, may have a Behavioral Disorder or Anger/Rage issues.

Does Bullying Have Physical Effects — Beyond a Few Bruises?
Research is beginning to uncover actual physical differences in the brains and hormone levels [...]

24 01, 2013

Is There A Link Between Prescription Drugs and Mass Murders?

By |January 24th, 2013|Anger and Rage, Behavioral Disorder, Bullying, News & Events|Comments Off on Is There A Link Between Prescription Drugs and Mass Murders?|

Since that terrible day in December 2012 when Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we have heard a lot about gun control, mental illness, security, advance recognition of violent tendencies, and a lot of other factors that might explain tragedies such as Sandy Hook and prevent similar events from happening again.
These are all good and worthwhile conversations. There is one potential contributor to violence, however, that is very rarely talked about. In light of violent events such as Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and even as far back as the tower shooting at the University of Texas at Austin, maybe a look at prescription drug use and abuse is warranted.

Potential Causative Link Between Psychotropic Drugs and Violence
In other words, is it possible that the very drugs prescribed to help people cope with mental disorders produce side effects that make their problems worse? Do these drugs cause previously non-violent people to become violent?

 “Violent Crime May be Linked to Brain Function”
 Murderers on Drugs
It is unclear whether Adam Lanza was taking anti-psychotics or any other kinds of medications when he committed a horrible act of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  However, consider another highly publicized school shooting, the one that killed 13 at Columbine High School in 1999: one of the two shooters, Eric Harris, was taking the antidepressant Luvox, and the other, Dylan Klebold, had previously taken Zoloft and Paxil. There are other examples:

Doug Williams, who killed five people and wounded nine at Lockheed Martin in Mississippi in 2003, was taking Zoloft and Celexa.
 Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and two others, in addition to wounding 25, at Thurston High School [...]

10 01, 2013

Violent Crime May be Linked to Brain Function

By |January 10th, 2013|Anger and Rage, Behavioral Disorder, News & Events|Comments Off on Violent Crime May be Linked to Brain Function|

Can violent crime really be linked to brain function? When we hear about a mass killing such as the massacres that happened in places such as Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, or a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, or on campus at Virginia Tech, we wonder what the person with the gun was thinking. What causes a human being to pull the trigger of an automatic weapon and kill so many innocent victims?
People speculate about all kinds of reasons for someone to commit such a violent crime. Mental illness, poor parenting, and a culture with too many violent movies and video games are often blamed. But what if there is actually something “wrong” with the brains of people who become killers? We know there are some brain function patterns common with Behavioral Disorders. Is it possible that certain brain function patterns can be noted among those who are likely to progress from Conduct Disorder to Antisocial Personality Disorder, a disorder which is seen in those who actually commit mass murder?

The Pre-Frontal Cortex of a Killer
Recently scientists have been able to use technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Technology (PET) scans, and Quantitative EEGs (qEEG) to study the brains of confessed and convicted killers. Brain function disorders have been discovered in a remarkable number of criminals on death row.
A professor of Psychology at USC, Adrian Raine, compared the brains of 41 murderers and 41 control subjects. The murderers were found to have less activity in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, which is the area located above the eyes and behind the forehead, also called the frontal lobe. Another study found frontal lobe abnormalities in 64% of 20 murderers investigated; [...]