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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' areas of specialization are social work and psychotherapy. Clinical interests for Ms. Ricketts include depression, behavior therapy, and adjustment disorders. Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Ricketts honors. 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's specialties are social work and psychotherapy. She practices in Pleasanton, CA and Castro Valley, CA. Ms. Stanwyck's clinical interests include acceptance and commitment therapy, critical incident stress management (CISM), and depression. She accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Depression, Substance Abuse, Mindfulness, Body-Mind ... (Read more)

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

Ms. Kelly Sharp's specialty is counseling. Her clinical interests 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. Ms. Sharp has an open panel.

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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 physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in 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. Dr. Mendelssohn welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Her medical residency was performed 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 practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in San Leandro, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rosenthal is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal's residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital.

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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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, Dr. Chandler focuses on women's health issues. Dr. Chandler honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Chandler attended medical school at 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 professional affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. 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 Terrence O Brien, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
20100 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Michael O'Brien's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. O'Brien studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. O'Brien trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is especially interested in general care. Dr. O'Brien is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Botox Injection, ... (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. Dr. Delange's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass general care. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Northridge Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Delange is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mukulika Mehta practices family medicine in Castro Valley, CA and Berkeley, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Mehta include general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehta graduated from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Beth Cowan is a specialist in general gynecology. She is conversant in Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Cowan focuses on women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Cowan completed residency programs at Harlem Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cowan accepts 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 specializes in family medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in general care. On average, patients gave Dr. Sharma a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at S.N. Medical College, Agra and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra. She trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Sharma is affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jon Rasak practices general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rasak speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patients gave Dr. Rasak an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rasak accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Shamsi Vatannia is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Hayward, CA and Pleasanton, CA. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vatannia attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Albany Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. She is conversant in Persian. Dr. Vatannia is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Vatannia 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)

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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). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zhang include general care. Dr. Zhang is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Zhang is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Zhang is affiliated with Sutter Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Robertson specializes in family medicine. Dr. Robertson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. He has a special interest in general care. He is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Robertson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Robertson's practice is open to new patients.

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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. In addition to English, Dr. Badheka speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Eden Medical Center. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then she performed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Badheka is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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

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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.