Anxiety Disorder

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 – http://www.homecoming4veterans.org/

Galveston Brain Changers – http://www.BrainChangersUSA.com

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

7 12, 2015

Brain Changers in the News

By |December 7th, 2015|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Brain Function, Christian Counseling, Migraine, Neurofeedback, News & Events, Wellness|Comments Off on Brain Changers in the News|

Galveston Brain Changers – Business Spotlight
Managing ADHD without Medications — an Interview with Dr. Stephanie McClung 
Moving Heaven and Earth – Dr. Stephanie McClung and Mindy Fritz
Brain Changers’ Effective Integrated Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Brain Changers Launches Website Providing Information on Effectively Treating Anxiety, Migraine, ADD (ADHD), Behavioral Disorders, and More.

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 [...]

24 07, 2014

Transformative Education and Mental Health

By |July 24th, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Depression, Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Transformative Education and Mental Health|

Many children and teens struggle with mental health issues which can make traditional education a daily burden that aggravates symptoms. As the mother of a daughter who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 9th grade, I know all too well the stress of worrying about a child’s physical and mental health while trying to meet the attendance and academic requirements of the school, district, and state.
When brain function is out of balance, the chemicals produced in the brain are also out of sync. Children and teens who deal with anxiety, depression, learning disability, ADHD, behavioral disorder, or any disorder that involves brain function may have to work very hard to accomplish even the simplest of activities. This is because the brain is working so laboriously to perform daily tasks.

Click here for a more complete list of disorders treated by Brain Changers
Traditional education has rigorous expectations with regard to time structure, behavior, academic requirements, and socially accepted norms. This is understandable, given the federal and state requirements for students, teachers, and the education facility as a whole.
Transformative education refers to education that falls outside of the normal expectations typically found in most public and private schools. Because transformative education allows for flexibility in scheduling and academic requirements, it can be very beneficial for students who struggle in the traditional school.
Two Examples of Transformative Education
The MorningStar Academy is an online, private Christian school that is fully accredited. Students have access to a virtual teacher for help, they are required to complete daily assignments, and grades are based upon individual assignments and evaluations.  This type of setting is ideal for the student who requires multiple breaks during the day or who otherwise needs [...]

24 04, 2014

What is Cutting?

By |April 24th, 2014|Anxiety Disorder, Depression, News & Events|Comments Off on What is Cutting?|

What is Cutting?
First of all, it is important to understand that cutting is not an attempt at suicide. Cutting is a form of self-harm. It is an unhealthy coping strategy developed by those who want to curb the intensity of emotional pain.
Typically, cutting is a symptom of a greater issue involving depression, anxiety, abuse or other trauma, or another mental disorder. Those who cut may have a desire to calm the painful emotions raging inside of them, or they may feel numb and turn to cutting as a means of feeling something.
Unfortunately, once the cycle begins, cutting often becomes the coping mechanism of choice, making it very difficult to stop without outside help.

Why Do People Cut?
One of the first things we help our clients and families understand is that all self-harm, including cutting, is a form of self-medicating because of what is going on inside the body. When brainwaves are out of balance, it can cause a host of negative symptoms. For instance, if the high beta waves are overactive, it leads to an excess of cortisol and adrenaline production. The surge of these chemicals in the body may cause someone to experience anxiety, rage, an inability to complete tasks, and/or depression. Sometimes our clients describe feeling restless or like they want to crawl out of their skin.
When people experience these symptoms on an ongoing basis, they develop strategies to cope with the associated discomfort and pain. Sometimes, they may develop healthy coping strategies, but most often, people turn to drugs or alcohol, eating, pornography, gambling, cutting, or other unhealthy means of self-medicating. Physiologically, these people have to do something to ease the pain and/or discomfort. Self-medicating, including cutting, [...]

21 01, 2014

Winter, Mental Health, and SAD

By |January 21st, 2014|Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, News & Events, SAD, Schizophrenia|Comments Off on Winter, Mental Health, and SAD|

French poet and playwright Alfred De Moussett wrote, “Winter is a disease.” While this may seem to be a dramatic statement, significant evidence exists to support his declaration.
Winter months, where temperatures are colder, days are shorter, and the sun is enjoyed less, are considered to be the culprit for an increase in a number of mental disorders, including SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
According to a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine which researched online mental health searches between the years of 2006 and 2010, the results seem to support the notion that mental health issues are greater during the winter months.

Eating disorders were on average down 37 percent in summers in the US, and 42 percent during Australia summers.
Schizophrenia searches were down 37 percent in the US and 36 percent in Australia during summer months.
Bipolar searches decreased 16 percent in the US and 17 percent in Australia during this same time.
ADHD searches went down 28 percent in the US, 31 percent in Australia.
OCD inquiries dropped 18 percent in the US and 15 percent in Australia during warmer months.
Suicide was down 24 percent and 29 percent respectively, and
Anxiety searches dropped seven percent in the US and 15 percent in Australia during spring and summer months.

In Alaska, where the peak of the winter months average fewer than four hours of sunlight per day, it is estimated that as much as 20% of the population suffers from SAD. This disorder is considered to be so prevalent in Alaska in part because the many hours of darkness causes the brain to produce an abundance of melatonin, a vital chemical for sleep. Additionally, so few hours of sunlight in [...]

16 05, 2013

Anxiety and Nutrition – Part 2: Are There Foods I Can Eat to Help My Anxiety?

By |May 16th, 2013|Anxiety Disorder, News & Events, Nutrition, Panic Attacks|Comments Off on Anxiety and Nutrition – Part 2: Are There Foods I Can Eat to Help My Anxiety?|

In an earlier article, we covered foods to avoid if you have been diagnosed with anxiety. While anxiety is not caused by foods we eat or do not eat, symptoms can be influenced by good and bad nutrition.

Anxiety and Nutrition — Part 1: Can I Help My Anxiety by Avoiding Certain Foods?
Eating healthful foods contributes to proper hormonal and brain functioning, which leads to feelings of well-being. So, if you have been diagnosed with anxiety, what foods should you eat?

Drink Water. This seems obvious, but so many of us go through life dehydrated because we do not drink enough water. About 60% of the human body is made up of water, so it is vital that we replenish our water regularly. Dehydration can lead to anxiety, so it is vital that you drink enough water each day. How much is enough? Divide your body weight in half, and drink that number of ounces of water each day. A 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water daily. That means water, not sugary beverages or alcohol, which can lead to increased symptoms of anxiety.
Fruit. Some people avoid fruit because it’s “sugar.” But your body needs carbs and sugar, just not the refined sugars found in cakes and cookies. The sugar in fruit can be converted to energy. Blueberries and peaches are especially beneficial in terms of nutrients.
Vegetables. Mom was right when she told you to eat your vegetables. Foods rich in B vitamins have been associated with boosting mood and staving off both depression and anxiety. These foods include cauliflower, mustard greens, spinach, asparagus, red and green peppers, and beans/soybeans.
Foods That Include Tryptophan. You may have heard of tryptophan as the [...]

9 05, 2013

Anxiety and Nutrition – Part 1: Can I Help My Anxiety by Avoiding Certain Foods?

By |May 9th, 2013|Anxiety Disorder, News & Events, Nutrition, Panic Attacks|Comments Off on Anxiety and Nutrition – Part 1: Can I Help My Anxiety by Avoiding Certain Foods?|

There is definitely a link between anxiety and nutrition! Anxiety is certainly not caused by poor nutrition, but new studies indicate that some of the symptoms may be alleviated, at least to an extent, through good nutrition and by avoiding certain foods.
Common symptoms of anxiety include excessive and persistent worry, racing thoughts, trouble concentrating, and a general feeling of uneasiness and fear. Good nutrition can help calm some of these symptoms. Just telling someone to “eat healthy” isn’t enough; healthy eating can mean different things to different people. But studies and observation have shown that removing certain types of foods from the anxious person’s diet can help ameliorate some of their symptoms.

Here is a list of some items to avoid in relation to Anxiety and Nutrition:

Caffeine. The thought of giving up the morning coffee may be unthinkable to some people. But coffee is known to increase anxiety, especially if drunk in excess. One study indicated that caffeine intake of more than 300mg greatly increased tension and anxiety — and a Grande-size cup at Starbucks has around 330mg. Caffeine can also increase the heart rate and cause other physical symptoms that could lead to panic attacks.
Alcohol. Initially, it may seem that a drink calms you down. But drinking alcohol also leads to dehydration, hormone imbalances, and even physical symptoms that can trigger anxiety attacks. Not to mention that excess drinking can remove inhibitions and cause you to do things you might not normally do — and the aftereffects of alcohol-induced poor choices can certainly add to anxiety in general.
Nicotine. Okay, it’s not a food. But ingesting nicotine, a stimulant, can have effects similar to caffeine. It constricts the blood vessels and makes your [...]

11 04, 2013

ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 3 of 3

By |April 11th, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder|Comments Off on ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 3 of 3|

What are other Dangers of Medication for Misdiagnosed ADHD?
A very typical treatment of ADHD involves use of medications such as Ritalin and other stimulants. A common side effect of these is insomnia–and if a child is experiencing undiagnosed sleep issues already, these drugs only exacerbate them! Now that new medical guidelines allow physicians to prescribe ADHD meds to preschoolers, sleep and even eating habits can be disrupted even earlier.

ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 1 of 3
According to USA Today, after being on ADHD medication for three years, the dosage is dialed up by an average of 41% because the body builds a tolerance to the positive effects. So if a child is diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, with ADHD at age 5, he or she may be on twice as much medication by age 11. And do these medications work? USA Today and The New York Times report that after three years on medications, a child’s academic performance is exactly where it would have been if they had never taken the drugs in the first place.

ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 2 of 3
Consider this: After three years on ADHD medications, the medicated child is an average of .79 inches shorter and six pounds lighter than children of the same age who never took those drugs. Lack of physical growth is a very real side effect of these medications!

How Can Brain Changers Help?
Brain Changers offers a full range of non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatments that include Neurofeedback and Counseling. Each of these modalities can be done independently, but the greatest benefit comes from a combination of therapies toward improved health and wellness. Please call [...]

4 04, 2013

ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 2 of 3

By |April 4th, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder|Comments Off on ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 2 of 3|

If It’s not ADHD, Then What Is It?
Immaturity
Especially in the cases of very young children, the diagnosis could simply be youth rather than ADHD. Children grow and change a lot between age 5 and 6, and age 6 and 7. Schools typically mandate a 5th birthday by either September 1 before entering kindergarten; so the age difference could literally be 364 days–a full year–between children in the same classroom. The maturity and developmental difference may seem negligible at 18, but it can be dramatic at 5 and 6 years old. Because of brain development, there can be a drastic difference in the reasoning ability between a child one day past his 5th birthday and a child one day away from his 6th birthday. Placing them in the same classroom at school can make this difference seem even more glaring.

ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 1 of 3
A study funded by the National Center for Education Statistics looked at a sample of almost 12,000 children and determined that the youngest kindergarteners were 60% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than older children in the same grade. When the same group reached 5th to 8th grade, the youngest classmates were more than twice as likely as the oldest classmates to be on prescription medication.

ADHD in children: Are millions being unnecessarily medicated?
A study of more than 900,000 Canadian children found that boys born in December (the youngest admitted to school in British Columbia) were 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than boys in the same grade born the previous January. In girls, the diagnosis rate was 70% more likely for the younger children in [...]