How To Battle Holiday-Related Stress And Depression

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Uncategorized

by guest author Jane Moore of FitWellTraveller.com The holidays can be a stressful time for most of us, but for those who battle depression or seasonal mood disorders, this time of year can be devastating. Anxiety can creep in at any time, from shopping trips in busy, crowded stores to traffic jams on packed highways. It’s important to remember to practice self-care, but it’s also imperative to change your way of thinking a bit when the holidays roll around and … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiHow To Battle Holiday-Related Stress And Depression

What To Say, and What Not to Say, When Someone Has Died

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

Our words are powerful – they can bring “life” or “death, “ “blessings” or “curses.” It is so very important for us to learn to speak in the language of the Kingdom of God. For so many years we learned how to speak the language of the kingdom or darkness, or secularism, or fatalism. But in order for us to represent the Kingdom of Light, Life, and Freedom – and to speak to others on behalf of the Great King … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiWhat To Say, and What Not to Say, When Someone Has Died

The Real Truth Behind the Lies That We Believe

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Christian Counseling, Tehachapi, Uncategorized, Worry

a list of lies

Improving Your Life Today, By Getting Rid of the Lies that We Believe From Our May 2016 Newsletter Having been a pastor and a professional therapist in Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi, and Bakersfield for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some really great people. One of my favorites is Sherry Rose, a pastoral counselor in Bakersfield, and a good friend of mine. She has written a new book, a 30 day devotional titled … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiThe Real Truth Behind the Lies That We Believe

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION : COUNSELING TEHACHAPI NOTES

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Depression, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

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HERE ARE 10 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION 1. Depression is a pervasive and persistent sadness or low mood, causing feelings of low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in enjoyable activities. It is disabling to people. It impacts one’s sleeping, eating, work, school work, mood – everything. Anti-depressants alone help 33% of people, but 67% also require counseling with a professional therapist, counselor, or psychologist. About 20 million people suffer from some form of Depression … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION : COUNSELING TEHACHAPI NOTES

Depression Treatment Seminar Handouts for Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression, Guilt Shame, PTSD, Seminar Handouts, Uncategorized

depression and self-injury

Download and Print this Seminar Handout in PDF Format: Understanding Depression PDF Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist providing professional counseling to Tehachapi and Bakersfield, CA.   Overcoming Depression Leads to being more sensitive to being triggered again Major Symptoms: Activation of Stress Hormones, Over-Activation of Sympathetic Nervous System Rhythmic Patterns to the Depression are common Biology of Depression: Neuro-Transmitters Neuro-Anatomy: Reptilian – regulations of body functions Limbic System – emotions, stress hormones Cortex – complex processing of … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression Treatment Seminar Handouts for Tehachapi

Is My Husband Depressed?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Christian Counseling, Depression, PTSD, Teenagers

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We all seek for the meaning and purpose in our lives.  Why are we here?  What gives you a sense of legitimacy in your life? Many men have lived their lives deriving their sense of purpose – their feelings of legitimacy – from their jobs, or professions, or work related status.  But once retirement comes to them, instead of retirement being a time of relaxation and recreation, it becomes a dark time of life without meaning or purpose. The same … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiIs My Husband Depressed?

10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized, Worry

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Stress at Work : Causes Customers, co-workers, and real life Can we do more with less and not break? When Stress Comes : What is Happening to Me? What is the “fight, flight, or freeze” response? Physical, emotional, and cognitive responses to stress, immediate and long-term Release of Adrenalin, Cortisol, and elevated Cholesterol Power Tools to Manage and Over-come Stress Seeking Peace : “All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.” Breathing and relaxation … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

PAIN OR PROZAC : Counselor Looks at Depression in Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Depression, Guilt Shame, PTSD, Rejection, Seminar Handouts

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So many people in Tehachapi are just walking around in a daze – feeling like there is a black cloud over them every waking hour.  They don’t like it, and they are looking for a way out, but the thoughts of rejection or sadness, anger or depression, are just too much for them.  They search for hope, but hopelessness torments them.  They feel lonely, but they are certainly not alone in their journey. Sometimes it seems that the only choices … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiPAIN OR PROZAC : Counselor Looks at Depression in Tehachapi

Depression Seminar : Updated 2015 Tehachapi Counseling Office

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame, PTSD, Rejection, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Worry

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Understanding-Depression-2015 in PDF Format to Click, Download, and Print Out Feel free to distribute to friends, or to use in any non-commercial form. Please keep credits to Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT in Tehachapi, CA. Please do not use in any commercial form or commercial purposes without consent. Depression Seminar Notes are Posted Below for Quick Reading Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT is a Marriage and Family therapist (M24381) and professional counselor with offices in Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and also meets with people … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression Seminar : Updated 2015 Tehachapi Counseling Office

Chronic Pain Treatment : “Back in Control”

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Fear

chronic pain treatment

I’m reading a fascinating book about Chronic Pain and how to treat it by a back surgeon named David Hanscom, M.D. You’d think that the first choice for a surgeon would be to perform surgery – and he certainly has a made a career of doing just that. But he has over the past few years come to see that surgeries only actually work at getting rid of the pain about 20-25% of the time. Most of the time the … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChronic Pain Treatment : “Back in Control”

Two Types of ADHD : Simplified

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Uncategorized

ADHD Infographic Two Types of ADHD

A simplified way to look at the different types of ADHD. From the ADHD Information Library at Newideas.net. If we reduce ADHD to its two simplest “types” we get a Hypo-Active type and a Hyper-Active type. I discuss six different types of ADHD at the ADHD Information Library website here, but to keep things as simple as possible let’s look at just two types. In general the HypoActive type is slower moving, often late, “hurry up and get ready,” passive, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiTwo Types of ADHD : Simplified

Cutting and Self-Injury : Information Sheet

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame, Rejection, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers

depression and self-injury

Most common forms include: • Self-Cutting or “cutting” • Burning • Scratching • Hitting • Preventing Wounds from Healing Most commonly found among teenagers and young adults. 15% to 25% of adolescents and young adults have self-injured usually by cutting. 6% to 8% do so chronically. Most commonly females. Attempts to regulate emotions, often Anger, Guilt, Shame, Self-Loathing, Anxiety or Depression, Fear of Abandonment, Fear of Rejection. Some report “emotional numbness.” Deliberate self-harm “allows” them to express pain, release tension … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiCutting and Self-Injury : Information Sheet

Internet Addiction : Technology Time Bomb

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression, Guilt Shame, Internet Problems, PTSD, Teenagers

internet addictions

But there are some things that are new – and they are potentially dangerous.  And they are so new that often parents are unaware of their dangers, or unable to take action until it is “too late.”  Technology has completely raced past our wisdom or experiences as a culture or as families.  Parents are often stuck like deer in the headlights.  And our teenagers are often in serious trouble.   Just ten years ago the major problem from technology was … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiInternet Addiction : Technology Time Bomb

Teenagers

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Teenagers

Teenagers

The teenage years can be very difficult for some.  As our children become young adults they begin to ask questions like, “Who am I?” and “What is the purpose to life?”  One of the most common of these questions is, “Where do I belong?” or rather, “Who do I belong to?” All too often they try to find the answers to these questions in people or places that are not good for them.  As parents we may see this, but … Read More

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Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Fear, PTSD, Worry

depression anxiety differences

Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders What Are Some Similarities, and Differences? Here is some brief information for Pastors and Lay-Counselors to help in seeing the differences and similarities in Depression and Anxiety Disorders.  Here are some symptoms that are common to see in both Depression and Anxiety: Sleep Disturbances: often waking up early, normal sleep cycles don’t happen to one rarely wakes up refreshed, rarely deep sleep, often awake for hours. Poor Concentration:  trouble focusing, brain fog, scattered. Increased Fatigue: Cannot … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression vs. Anxiety Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Fear, PTSD, Worry

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an all too common result of being a service man or woman who has experienced combat.  When in combat, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiPost Traumatic Stress Disorder

Depression

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression

Depression is one of the most pervasive and crippling of all diseases.  Fifteen-percent of all people world-wide will suffer from a Major Depressive Episode at some point in their lives.  That means that of the 35,000 people living in the zip code 93561, over 5,000 of them will suffer from a serious case of depression during their life-times.  How will you and your church minister to them? A Brief Description of Depression Depression is more common than cancer, diabetes, and … Read More

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