Teenage Depression Counseling Kansas City MO

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.

Kathryn B. Pieper
(816) 234-3674
Developmental Behavioral Sciences
Kansas City, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Family Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1995-09-12

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Linda M. Joslyn-Bishop
(816) 756-0684
4400 Broadway
Kansas City, MO
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Family Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1979-08-30

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Mary K. Richardson
(816) 561-9494
3914 Washington
Kansas City, MO
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Psychological Assessment, Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 1992-05-26

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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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Richard L. Abloff
(816) 444-7890
6306 Walnut
Kansas City, MO
Services
Psychoanalysis, Couples Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 1984-03-16

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Robert G. Urie
(816) 474-7322
Urie & Urie, Inc.
North Kansas City, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1982-07-21

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Ms. Elizabeth Hunter-Blank
Elizabeth Hunter-Blank, LLC
(816) 582-3877
4104 Central
Kansas City, MO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Missouri
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Raphael Gary Smith
(816) 960-4525
4044 Central Street
Kansas City, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-19

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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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David O. Hill
(913) 341-5115
7637 Canterbury
Prairie Village, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), 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: Texas Tech U
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-25

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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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