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We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Aetna near Fresno, CA.

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James Wallace McDonald, MDiv, MSW
Specializes in Family Therapy, Social Work
264 Clovis Avenue; Suite 201
Clovis, CA
 

Mr. James McDonald is a family therapist and social worker in Clovis, CA. Areas of expertise for Mr. McDonald include domestic abuse, anxiety, and parenting issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Mr. McDonald honors. Mr. McDonald (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, postpartum depression

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Jules Confino, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
5100 North Sixth Street; Suite #135
Fresno, CA
 

Mr. Jules Confino's area of specialization is family therapy. These areas are among his clinical interests: acceptance and commitment therapy, depression, and dialectical behavior therapy. Mr. Confino accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Psychology
200 W Bullard Avenue; Suite F2
Clovis, CA
 

Dr. Linda Kelsey is a psychologist in Clovis, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: adoption issues, depression, and psychodynamic therapy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kelsey's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Family Therapy
3707 E Shields Avenue
Fresno, CA
 

Ms. Hermin Youssefian's area of specialization is family therapy. Clinical interests for Ms. Youssefian include domestic abuse, existential psychotherapy, and phobias. Ms. Youssefian is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, 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.