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Dr. Helen R Resneck-Sannes, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
216 Suburbia Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Helen Resneck-Sannes' specialty is psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and narrative therapy. Dr. Resneck-Sannes accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Specializes in Psychology
519 Capitola Avenue; Suite C
Capitola, CA
 

Dr. Fern Selzer's specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Selzer include depression, behavior therapy, and biofeedback. Dr. Selzer accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Specializes in Psychology
1406 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Pamela Kangas specializes in psychology and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. Her clinical interests include depression, geriatric consultation, and life transitions. Dr. Kangas honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Dr. Mary Blair Bashford, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
735 Chestnut Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Mary Bashford practices psychology in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bashford include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She is in-network for Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bashford welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Diane L Bridgeman, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1362 Pacific Avenue; Suite 210
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Diane Bridgeman's area of specialization is psychology. Her clinical interests include depression, life transitions, and stress management. She takes PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bridgeman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Specializes in Psychology
3121 Park Avenue; Suite I
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Earl Lebow specializes in psychology and practices in Soquel, CA. Dr. Lebow's areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. He honors MultiPlan, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
820 Bay Avenue
Capitola, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Abt practices psychology in Sunnyvale, CA and Capitola, CA. Dr. Abt's clinical interests include depression, domestic abuse, and stress management. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He has an open panel.

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What are Mood Disorders?

Mood disorders are mental illnesses that primarily impact a person’s feelings, or mood. A person with a mood disorder might have primarily negative or primarily positive feelings, or maybe very few feelings at all. They might cycle back and forth from feeling unusually down to feeling on top of the world. Mood disorders are challenging to live with and frequently misunderstood, but they are also treatable. The two main mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder.

In depression, people feel unusually sad, empty, hopeless, or unhappy. They may have low self-esteem, a lack of energy, and little interest in the world around them. They may have trouble sleeping and eating regularly. Everyone feels blue now and then, but depression is different. It is much more intense than a typical down day. It lasts much longer, and it interferes with people’s ability to do the things they normally do. At its worst, depression can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

Bipolar disorder sometimes feels like depression. But a person with bipolar disorder cycles through periods of depressed mood and elevated mood, or mania. Mania is like the opposite of depression. Manic people might feel invincible and unusually happy. They might talk or move quickly and not need very much sleep. They might spend too much, eat too much, gamble, or engage in risky and impulsive behavior. In severe cases, they may even hear voices or hallucinate. There is a subset of bipolar disorder called bipolar II, with typical depression symptoms but a milder form of mania, called hypomania. Hypomania includes many of the feelings of full mania but fewer of the risky and dangerous behaviors. Approximately six million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. It tends to run in families, but the exact cause is still not well known.

There are several effective treatments available for mood disorders, including medications and talk therapy. Not every treatment will work for every person, so it sometimes takes time to find the right fit. A good mental health professional can help.