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' specialties are social work and psychotherapy. These areas are among Ms. Ricketts's clinical interests: depression, behavior therapy, and adjustment disorders. She takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes 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 is a counselor in Alameda, CA and Castro Valley, CA. Clinical interests for Ms. Sharp include depression, gay and lesbian issues, and life transitions. She takes Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven Rosenthal is a San Leandro, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal's medical residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosenthal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Delange is a family practice physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Delange's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Delange graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His medical residency was performed at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He 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)

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chandler include women's health issues. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chandler accepts. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Chandler attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Chandler (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. She also offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Persian, and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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

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

Dr. Jon Rasak practices general internal medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rasak include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Rasak takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Depression, Pain, Type 1 Diabetes, Hip Problems, Upper Respiratory Infection, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Beth Cowan is a general gynecology specialist in Pleasanton, CA and Hayward, CA. She has a special interest in women's health issues. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Cowan completed her residency training at Harlem Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cowan is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with 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. Andrea R 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. She has a special interest in women's health issues. Dr. Mendelssohn is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She welcomes new patients. After attending Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Mendelssohn completed her residency training at Baylor University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Amita Sharma's specialty is family medicine. She attended medical school at S.N. Medical College, Agra and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra. Dr. Sharma's residency was performed at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Her clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Sharma's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Sharma's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is family medicine. She studied medicine at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College. In her practice, Dr. Mehta focuses on general care. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Mehta is affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a family practitioner in Castro Valley, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Brien include general care. Dr. O'Brien honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. In addition to English, Dr. O'Brien speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Shamsi Vatannia practices general obstetrics & gynecology. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Albany Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vatannia include women's health issues. Dr. Vatannia takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Persian. She is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Her practice 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)

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

Dr. Douglas Zhang is a San Leandro, CA physician who specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Zhang graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Zhang trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is especially interested in general care. Dr. Zhang's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. Dr. Zhang 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 works as a family medicine physician in San Leandro, CA. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Robertson focuses on general care. Dr. Robertson's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Robertson (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Robertson is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Sonia Badheka works as an obstetrician. In her practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Badheka is affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Eden Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Badheka has an open panel. She is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her medical residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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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's area of specialization is social work. Clinical interests for Ms. Brown include depression, life transitions, and anxiety. She is in-network for 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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