Teenage Depression Counseling Murphy NC

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. Kristin Kirk
Kristin Kirk, LCSW
(704) 237-0421
903 Northeast Drive Suite 101
Davidson, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Dual
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Lilla Khalsa
Expressive Arts Alliance
(828) 777-1962
Samasati Center for the Healing and Creative Arts 440 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LPCC
Licensed in North Carolina
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runa
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Mary Beth Powers
Counseling Solutions
(910) 616-9134
831 Sunset Blvd.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Barbara Fousek
Kaur Psychiatric Assoc., P.A.
(336) 272-1972
706 Green Valley Road, Suite 100
Greensboro, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,ACSW, M.Ed.
Licensed in North Carolina
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dorothy Rosenke
(252) 335-2018
ACG, 1129 Horseshoe Road
Elizabeth City, NC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1994-01-18

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Ms. Twyla Wilson
PRIVATE PRACTICE
(919) 801-9087
112 Swift Avenue
Durham, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Depression, Grief/Loss, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Suzanne Bates
(919) 929-9932
1829 E. Franklin
Chapel Hill, NC
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Loyola University of Chicago
Credentialed Since: 2006-04-10

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E. Elaine Talbert
(336) 279-8230
1819 Madison Ave
Greensboro, NC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), 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.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U NC, Greensboro
Credentialed Since: 1981-07-02

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Ms. Alice Carlton
Alice Carlton, LCSW
(919) 942-3494
304 Barclay Road
Chapel Hill, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
34 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Merrianne Leff
Merrianne M. Leff, LCSW
(336) 314-0829
2709-B Pinedale Drive
Greensboro, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in North Carolina
38 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Gende
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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