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.

31 01, 2013

Hallucinations: What Are They and What Causes Hallucinations?

By |January 31st, 2013|Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Brain Function, Migraine, Schizophrenia|Comments Off on Hallucinations: What Are They and What Causes Hallucinations?|

Hallucinations are a very real and often frightening symptoms of several disorders. Because of the societal stigma attached to hallucinations, a child or adult experiencing them may choose to keep them a secret, rather than seek help. Through neurofeedback and counseling, Brain Changers seeks to assist struggling individuals and families to understand and address them and the underlying disorders.

What Are Hallucinations?
A hallucination is a perception that occurs in the absence of an external stimulus. It can occur in any of the five senses; in other words, a hallucination is seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something that isn’t really there. Some people are aware they are not actually real; other people experiencing a hallucination may think it IS actually real, and they may also have delusional interpretations of these.

What is the difference between a Hallucination and a Delusion?
Hallucinations are different from illusions, or delusional perceptions; in these cases, an actual stimulus exists, but the person perceiving it interprets it incorrectly.

What Causes Hallucinations?
Typically hallucinations are a symptom of an underlying medical, neurological, or mental disorder. They almost always appear in schizophrenia, but they can also be a symptom associated with psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, or dementia. Hallucinations are also commonly associated with substance abuse; use of recreational drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, PCP, and marijuana are known to induce hallucinations. Withdrawal from alcohol, or from drugs such as heroin, hypnotics, or sedatives, can also result in hallucinations. Some people experiencing migraines, particularly those recovering from a comatose state, experience them. Charles Bonnet syndrome is the name given to blind individuals who “see” flashes of light or images. Diseases such as Parkinson’s can cause first illusions, where the sufferer distorts images and sounds [...]

18 12, 2012

Migraine: Migraine Pain

By |December 18th, 2012|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine: Migraine Pain|

If you suffer from migraines, you know what they are.
People have described migraine headaches as excruciating, debilitating, and the worst pain they have ever experienced. Typically, they are concentrated on one side of the head, and the pain may seem to pulse or throb. Many migraine sufferers also experience sensitivity to light or sound, vision issues, gastrointestinal reactions such as nausea, and/or lightheadedness. A migraine may last for hours or days, and may occur several times per month or not recur for months or years.
That’s what these incapacitating headaches feel like. But what are they, physically? What are the physiological factors involved?

What Causes Migraines?
Researchers and neurologists don’t yet have a comprehensive picture of the exact cause of migraines. Both genetic and environmental factors seem to play a role. Migraines do tend to run in families; if both parents suffer from migraines, there is a 90% chance that their children will, too. Three times more women than men experience migraines.
Venice Kachura, in an article titled, “What Happens to the Brain During a Migraine,” stated the following. “There are several theories about what happens in the brain during a migraine. Medical researchers used to think it was because of blood vessels in the brain restricting that caused the pain. However, now it’s seen more as a disruption in brain function instead of only a disorder in cerebral blood vessels.”
Imbalances in brain chemicals such as serotonin, a pain regulator in the nervous system, may be a factor. Additionally, research has shown that dopamine and stress hormone levels, including cortisols and epinephrine, change during a migraine. These changes, in conjunction with blood vessel restriction, are likely involved when someone experiences a migraine.

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3 07, 2012

Migraine Sufferers and Treatment for Migraines

By |July 3rd, 2012|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Sufferers and Treatment for Migraines|

There are more than 35 million migraine sufferers in America, yet it remains one of the least understood medical disorders. One reason it is such a misunderstood and poorly treated disorder stems from the fact that the experience of each sufferer varies greatly. Much more than a simple headache, a migraine is accompanied by other symptoms, including possible nausea, vomiting, auras, confusion, light, sound, or even olfactory sensitivity, chills or sweating, and numbness or tingling. Often, there is a trigger to prompt a migraine; sometimes these are controllable, yet they are not.

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Most sufferers experience a migraine once or twice a month, and more than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during a migraine. More than 10% of migraine sufferers have an attack weekly, and 14% experience these debilitating symptoms more than 15 days per month.

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There are several medications used to treat migraine symptoms, many of which have numerous side effects. Some of these medications are long-term maintenance medications to try to control migraines, and others are rescue medications taken during an attack. These medications are effective in reducing or eliminating pain in only about 50% of migraine sufferers.

How Can Brain Changers Help?
Brain Changers offers neurofeedback and counseling to significantly reduce the symptoms of migraines. Clients find increased comfort and relief from pain without the side effects of medications, and many find they no longer need to rely at all on medications!
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13 12, 2011

Testimonial: Migraines, ADD, OCD

By |December 13th, 2011|ADD (AD/HD), Migraine, Neurofeedback, OCD, Testimonials|Comments Off on Testimonial: Migraines, ADD, OCD|

“Since beginning neurofeedback with Brain Changers, I have seen many improvements in my health. Before treatment, I had struggled with chronic migraines, nerve pain, and asthma since I was a young child. A few years ago, a medication the doctors had me on caused what they believe was a neurological attack on my frontal lobe. This caused a host of issues to begin and spiral out of control.  I began battling intense migraines several times a week, and my memory was so bad that I often had trouble remembering what I did the day before! I also struggled with chronic pain, nerve pain, OCD, ADD, and general fatigue, malaise, and moodiness after this frontal lobe issue. I have been homeschooled for three years due to the health issues I have battled. I have been in neurofeedback treatment and counseling with Brain Changers for several months. Now, my migraines occur only a few times a month and they do not last for long periods of time, and although my memory issues are not completely resolved, I have very few incidents these days! Additionally, my OCD and ADD are significantly better, and my moodiness, nerve pain, and fatigue are greatly improved. I have the energy to workout at the gym a few times a week, and I look forward to going off to college in the fall!”

Sylvia, age 17
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5 11, 2011

Migraine: Incapacitating Pain!

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Migraine is a debilitating condition which causes the sufferer significant pain. Because it is so debilitating, the economic costs of this condition are significant as well! This condition results in approximately 13 billion dollars in lost productivity each year in the United States alone! This condition is three times more likely in women, with more than 28 million Americans experiencing symptoms annually.
A migraine is a complex neurological disorder that is caused by abnormal brain activity. It may be triggered by stress, anxiety, certain foods, environmental factors, illness, or other issues. More than half of sufferers report they have endured a migraine after crying. Today, most medical experts believe the attack begins in the brain, and it involves a number of nerve pathways and chemicals. The changes caused by this affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues, causing the symptoms.
Generally, when someone speaks of having a migraine, they are referring to the headache. There are other types of migraines, including the following:

Abdominal Migraine
Basilar Migraine
Complicated Migraine
Cyclic Migraine Syndrome

Hemiplegic Migraine
Nocturnal Migraine
Ophthalmoplegic Migraine

Migraine headache
The pain of a migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. It is often accompanied by and/or preceded by extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and often vomiting.  Typically, migraines may last from 4 to 72 hours before complete cessation of symptoms. Approximately one-third of people who suffer from these headaches report an aura prior to the actual headache symptoms. This aura is described as including unusual visual, olfactory, or other sensory experiences. Those who experience migraine with aura can occasionally impact severe headache symptoms by taking medication and lying down when aura occurs.

4 11, 2011

Abdominal Migraine: A Pain in the Stomach!

By |November 4th, 2011|Migraine|Comments Off on Abdominal Migraine: A Pain in the Stomach!|

Abdominal migraine falls under the larger category of migraine headache. It is also referred to as “periodic syndrome.” This variant of migraines most typically occurs in children, affecting about 2% of children. Girls are more likely to suffer from this variant than boys. These children usually have a family history of migraines and go on to develop migraine headaches later in life.

Abdominal migraine attacks are characterized by moderate to severe pain in the midline, near the naval that lasts for 1-72 hours. Along with the abdominal pain, other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, flushing or pallor, may be present. Tests fail to reveal a gastro-intestinal cause for these migraines. Traditional medications used to treat migraines also work to control these attacks in most children. These may include daily preventive medications and anti-nausea medications to take during the attack.

The medical society is still unclear as to what causes an abdominal migraine. One theory is that they are caused by changes in two important chemicals which occur naturally in the body, histamine and serotonin. It is theorized that changes in the production of these chemicals could contribute to both the headaches and the abdominal variations of this condition. Additionally, experts overwhelmingly believe that daily stress and anxiety can cause fluctuations in these body chemicals. There is increasing support for the theory that unexplained abdominal pain may have a psychological trigger, such as anxiety.

To date, there is no research to support neurofeedback therapy specifically for abdominal migraine. Neurofeedback has been proven to help migraine headaches with incredible success. It is a very effective treatment for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.
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21 10, 2011

Migraine: Migraine Case Study

By |October 21st, 2011|Case Studies, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine: Migraine Case Study|

This case involved a 41-year-old female who was struggling with chronic migraines, resulting in depression and anxiety disorder, and poor concentration. She had been experiencing migraines since college, averaging a migraine every 8 days that would last from 5-72 hours. In February of 2011, she was hospitalized with a hemapalegic migraine that caused temporary paralysis. When seen in the office for an initial evaluation, she was taking 5 daily prescribed medications for migraines and 5 additional medications during an attack (PRN). She was on disability, as her headaches had incapacitated her, and she was unable to work and effectively care for her three children.
After several neurofeeedback sessions, she noticed migraines were responding more quickly to PRN medications. After more sessions, the intensity and duration of migraines were significantly reduced. Additionally, the frequency of her headaches was greatly reduced. She also noted that her ability to effectively interact with and discipline her children with consistency had improved. She was not longer necessary to take medication to reduce anxiety in the evenings when streses were the highest. At this point, she began working with her doctor to titrate off her daily medications. Her doctors, who had worked with her for years, commented that her affect was much brighter than they had ever noticed before. As treatment with neurofeedback and counseling continued, depression and anxiety symptoms were phased out, and her ability to concentrate on a certification exam was notably improved. After client finished treatment, she returned to full-time employment with energy to effectively involve herself in her children’s activities and evening routines.

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