We found 16 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 specializes in social work and psychotherapy. Her areas of expertise include depression, behavior therapy, and adjustment disorders. Ms. Ricketts honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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)

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

Ms. Kelly Sharp works as a counselor. Her clinical interests include depression, gay and lesbian issues, and life transitions. Ms. Sharp honors Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mendelssohn include women's health issues. Dr. Mendelssohn is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She has an open panel. She attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency.

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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 specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Rosenthal is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Rosenthal is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chandler include women's health issues. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chandler graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Chandler (or staff) speaks Spanish. In addition, she offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Persian, and Portuguese-speaking patients. She is affiliated with St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Chandler welcomes 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 specializes in family medicine and practices in Hayward, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Delange include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Delange is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Delange is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. Dr. Delange's practice is open to new patients.

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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 works as an internist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rasak's clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Rasak speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

Dr. Beth Cowan is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. Dr. Cowan speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cowan takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at S.N. Medical College, Agra and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra. Her medical residency was performed at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Her clinical interests encompass general care. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sharma is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sharma (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. She 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 practices family medicine. Dr. Mehta studied medicine at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College. She has a special interest in general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Mehta has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael O'Brien sees patients in Castro Valley, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. O'Brien is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. O'Brien is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Shamsi Vatannia, who practices in Hayward, CA and Pleasanton, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vatannia include women's health issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Vatannia's medical residency was performed at Albany Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She welcomes new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in San Leandro, CA. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for his residency. In Dr. Zhang's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Zhang's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Zhang is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. He is accepting 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 medical specialty is family medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Robertson is especially interested in general care. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Robertson's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: 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's specialty is obstetrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Badheka include women's health issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Badheka attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. In addition to English, Dr. Badheka speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cesarean Section, Essure, Ectopic Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Social Work
4685 Commonwealth Drive
Oakland, CA
 

Ms. Eva Brown practices social work in Oakland, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, life transitions, and anxiety. She takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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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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