Teenage Depression Counseling Cleveland TN

Teenage depression can be a very serious matter and can lead to self-mutilation, drug or alcohol abuse, attempted suicide, or even suicide. As such, it needs to be addressed quickly. Read on to see if there is any solution for your kid.

Ronald L. Wigley
(423) 842-3663
6760 Big Ridge Road
Hixson, TN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Psychoeducational Evaluation, Family Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 2005-07-19

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Ms. Julia D Flanagan
(423) 393-3287
TruNorth Counseling & Consulting1447 Vance Road
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Georgia State University
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Lawrence Wentworth
(423) 402-0919
122 Lee Parkway Drive
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Univ of Tenn
Year of Graduation: 1977
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. J. Gail Carson-Webb
(423) 892-1795
6172 Airways Blvd, Suite 102
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Forest Institute
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. David S Cavin
(423) 449-9996
Chattanooga,Tn7209 Hamilton Acres Circle
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Addiction, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: San Francisco Seminary
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Linda M Pettigrew
(423) 377-6137
SE Tenessee & N. Georgia
Ooltewah, TN
Specialties
Community Education around loss in, Depression, Spirituality, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Indiana University School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$30+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

Dr. Michael Kavkewitz
(423) 273-5756
6727 Heritage Business Court
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, ADHD, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Georgia
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Connie Erwin
(423) 248-2254
6074 East Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Depression
Qualification
School: Richmont Graduate University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Anne Myers, LCSW
(423) 453-3243
Anne Myers, LCSW122 Lee Parkway Drive
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Depression, Addiction, Trauma and PTSD
Qualification
School: University of Tennessee
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. David Solovey
(423) 438-3227
Relationship Therapy Center7302 Jarnigan Road
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Georgia
Year of Graduation: 1977
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Almost All Insurance Plans

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Battling Teenage Depression

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Battling Teenage Depression

By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc

My teenager suffers from bouts of depression that sometimes last more than a week. We’ve tried Paxil and Wellbutrin, which seemed to work for a while, but I’m concerned about long-term side effects. Can you offer any suggestions?

Teenage depression can be a very serious matter and can lead to self-mutilation, drug or alcohol abuse, attempted suicide, or even suicide. As such, it needs to be addressed quickly. The use of Western pharmaceutical medicine can help in a short amount of time, especially under the guidance of an experienced medical psychiatrist. In situations where a pattern of low self-esteem or a troubled family environment exists, psychotherapy can serve as a useful adjunct to Western medicine as well.

Often, however, the problem lies not just with the teenager’s environment or self-esteem but, instead, with neurotransmitter deficiencies aggravated by hormonal changes during puberty. In these cases, one should recognize Western prescription medicines as a reshuffling of neurotransmitters—they increase one by decreasing another, sort of a “robbing Peter to pay Paul” approach. Natural medicine offers a deeper method that aims to boost neurotransmitter levels. You can do this with nutritional medicines, including certain amino acids, vitamins, enzyme cofactors, and Western herbs. I would look for holistic practitioners who work with this approach. They can include medical doctors, psychotherapists, doctors of naturopathic medicine, chiropractors, or practitioners of Oriental medicine.

Within TCM, we work to boost neurotransmitters back to natural levels. Instead of using nutritional components directly, our approach relies on a mixture of different Chinese herbs to regulate underlying organs and functional systems.

The type of depression most prevalent in teenagers involves the liver. It occurs because of stagnant qi (energy) and blood in the liver. That stagnation inhibits the free movement of qi and blood in the body. Consequently, a sort of paralysis of intention, effort, and hope results, leaving the person feeling that things will never change. Liver stagnation can occur from the release of hormones during teen maturation and can be compounded by environmental chemicals, prescription drugs such as birth control, and over-stimulation of the nervous system. The Chinese herbal approach uses herbs that move and regulate liver qi and blood. Acupuncture can accomplish the same effect if done on a weekly basis, and practitioners often combine the two approaches.

Some teenagers have bipolar-2 syndrome, a mixed pattern exhibiting both anxiety and depression. In these cases, we regulate both the liver for depression and the heart/shen for anxiety. This approach can be quite effective for the long term but may require months of treatment to achieve relief of depressive symptoms.

Another type of depression within Chinese medicine—lung-type depression—results from grief or a shock due to loss and can...

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