We found 17 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Castro Valley, CA.

Carolyn Elizabeth Ricketts
Specializes in Social Work, Psychotherapy
20200 Redwood Road; Suite 16
Castro Valley, CA
 

Ms. Carolyn Ricketts is a social worker and psychotherapist. Her areas of expertise include depression, behavior therapy, and adjustment disorders. Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Ricketts accepts. Ms. Ricketts is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Rebecca A Stanwyck, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Psychotherapy
21700 Redwood Road; Suite B
Castro Valley, CA
 

Ms. Rebecca Stanwyck is a social worker and psychotherapist. Clinical interests for Ms. Stanwyck include acceptance and commitment therapy, critical incident stress management (CISM), and depression. Ms. Stanwyck is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Kelly Michele Sharp
Specializes in Counseling
20253 Redwood Road; Suite A
Castro Valley, CA
 

Ms. Kelly Sharp's specialty is counseling. Ms. Sharp's areas of expertise include the following: depression, gay and lesbian issues, and life transitions. She honors Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Andrea Richardson Mendelssohn, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 200
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Mendelssohn is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Castro Valley, CA and Berkeley, CA. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Mendelssohn accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Mendelssohn performed her residency at Baylor University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven J Rosenthal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 201
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Steven Rosenthal's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosenthal welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Palliative Care, Hospice, Alzheimer's Disease, Rehabilitation

Dr. Kalaokalani Chandler, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
20126 Stanton Avenue; Suite 201
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kalaokalani Chandler's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Chandler (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Persian, and Portuguese-speaking patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chandler include women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Chandler is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Dayton Delange, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
22298 Main Street; Suite A
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Michael Delange is a Hayward, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Delange include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Delange is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Delange attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Delange's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
200 Porter Drive; Suite 300
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Jon Rasak's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rasak speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Rasak obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Elizabeth Lynn Cowan, MD
Specializes in Other, General Gynecology
27212 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Beth Cowan is a general gynecologist in Pleasanton, CA and Hayward, CA. Dr. Cowan has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at Harlem Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Cowan speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Pre-Eclampsia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amita Sharma, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suit 211
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Amita Sharma is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include general care. Patients rated Dr. Sharma highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma honors. After attending S.N. Medical College, Agra and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra for medical school, she completed her residency training at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Dr. Sharma (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Sharma's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Sharma is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Migraine, Depression, Heart Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Adolescent Issues, Hepatitis ... (Read more)

Dr. Mukulika Mehta, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
20101 Lake Chabot Road; 3rd Floor
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mukulika Mehta is a family medicine physician. Dr. Mehta is a graduate of Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College. She is especially interested in general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She has an open panel.

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Dr. Michael Terrence O Brien, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
20100 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Michael O'Brien works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. O'Brien speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. O'Brien's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
27212 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Shamsi Vatannia specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. In Dr. Vatannia's practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at Albany Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Vatannia attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
13851 E 14th Street
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Zhang practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Zhang completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zhang accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. Dr. Zhang's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Bruce A Robertson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
13851 East 14th Street; Suite 102
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Robertson's area of specialization is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Robertson is especially interested in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Robertson is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Robertson has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Robertson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish.

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Dr. Sonia Louise Badheka, DO
Specializes in Obstetrics
20101 Lake Chabot Road; 4th Floor
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Sonia Badheka, who practices in Castro Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in obstetrics. In her practice, Dr. Badheka focuses on women's health issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Badheka's education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Badheka's professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Eden Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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What is Depression?

Everyone knows what it feels like to get the blues once in a while. But depression is a serious illness that is more severe than a bad day and lasts much longer. Symptoms of depression stop a person from being able to function and enjoy daily activities for weeks or months at a time. It can happen to anyone, and it isn’t something that people can control by force of will or “snap out of.”

Some common symptoms of depression include:
  • Feeling sad, guilty, empty or hopeless
  • Fatigue and a lack of energy and motivation
  • A loss of pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Unusual sleep or eating habits
  • “Mental fog” -- trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts or a preoccupation with death

We don’t yet know what causes depression, but it’s thought that it is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and social influences. Because of this, the most effective treatments for depression combine medication with psychotherapy. Therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be extremely helpful in resolving the negative thoughts and feelings that come with depression. It gives patients new tools that they can use themselves to cope when their depression is making them feel down.

Some of the common medications used to treat depression include antidepressants such as SSRI’s (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) or atypical antidepressants (Cymbalta, Wellbutrin). It’s important to remember that these medications have different effects on everybody, and no one medication works right for everyone. You may have to try a couple before finding the one that works just right for you. If the first medication you try doesn’t work, don’t give up, and talk to your doctor about trying something else. In extreme cases where medication is not enough, electro-convulsive therapy and hospitalization may be the answer to keeping a severely depressed person safe.

Depression is a difficult illness to deal with, but it is more common than you’d think and there are many people who can help. With the right treatment, you can get back to fully enjoying your life again.
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