Teenage Depression Counseling Iselin NJ

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.

Mrs. Eugenia Monroy-Advis
Bilingual Psychological Services
(732) 767-1424
315 Main St.
Metuchen, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Con
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Immigrants/Refugees
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Susan Meltzer
Susan Meltzer, LCSW, BCD
(732) 205-1774
2124 Oak Tree Rd
Edison, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in New Jersey
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Str
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mr. Harry Kuhn III
Private Practice of Licensed Clinical Social Work
(732) 236-7770
105 Firth Street
South Plainfield, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: MA, MSW, LCSW, BCD, PA, CEO
Licensed in New Jersey
41 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Developmental Disability, Domestic Violence, Family D
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Tamara Futran
Tamara L Futran LCSW
(908) 232-8399
526 East Broad St.
Westfield, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, P
Populations Served
Immigrants/Refugees, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Candice Covington-Thomas
(732) 963-7996
47 Raritan Avenue Suite 110
Highland Park, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: JD, LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Gladys Cardona
Gladys Cardona LCSW
(732) 841-7565
320 Amboy Avenue Rear Suite (LA CASITA DE ATRÁS)
Metuchen, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jennifer Johnson
(908) 561-8032
2284 South Avenue Floor 2
Scotch Plains, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Evelyn Nieves
(908) 644-5556
121 La Grande Avenue
Fanwood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D, LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Immigration/Newcomer, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Military/Veterans, Immigrants/Refugees
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Judy Prichason
(732) 393-9339
1581 Route 27
Edison, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Alejandro Flores
(732) 319-8246
47 Raritan Ave. Suite 140
Highland Park, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issu
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), 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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