Teenage Depression Counseling Hays KS

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.

Ms. June Groth
June K. Groth, LSCSW
(913) 962-9676
6342 Long Ste A
Shawnee, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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David W. Pulcher
(913) 345-0033
Christian Psychol Svcs
Overland Park, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 1992-12-11

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Ms. Helen Hewins
The Family Tree
(913) 221-4944
8826 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 215
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, St
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Jason E. Neufeld
(913) 764-1194
511 N. Mur-Len
Olathe, KS
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 2005-02-22

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Ms. Linda Divine
Linda Divine, LSCSW, LLC
(913) 341-7447
8340 Mission Road Suite 230
Prairie Village, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Larry Eugene Long
(913) 588-6580
KUMC Student Counseling & Educational Su
Kansas City, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Career Assessment and Counseling, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 2000-09-08

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Ms. Molly Witker
Counselling Associates
(913) 486-6655
10977 Granada Lane Suite 110
Leawood, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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James P. McHugh
(913) 663-3000
4707 College Boulevard
Leawood, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arizona
Credentialed Since: 1978-10-16

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Edward E. Hunter
(913) 588-1164
Univ of Kansas Med Ctr, Dept of Psych
Kansas City, KS
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Auburn University
Credentialed Since: 1997-07-30

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Ms. Kathy Calvert
Calvert & Associates, Inc.
(913) 648-4760
8100 Marty, Suite 102
Overland Park, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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