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We found 8 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept United Healthcare Options PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Patrick John Meehan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Meehan's area of specialization is family medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Meehan's areas of expertise include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Meehan is not currently accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Natividad Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Preventive Care, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Suzanne Marie Ware, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Ware is a family practitioner in Santa Cruz, CA. Her areas of expertise include general care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ware is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Natividad Medical Center, Dr. Ware attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Heart Problems, Obesity, Women's Health Issues, General Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelli Rae Beingesser, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kelli Beingesser's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Beingesser is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Beingesser takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Bradley Salvay, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Salvay is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Salvay average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Salvay include women's health issues. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Salvay is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Colposcopy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Joyce Owens, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Owens practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. Her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Owens is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Owens is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, Menopause, Cholesterol Problems, Infections

Dr. Christian F Negard, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christian Negard is a medical specialist in geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among Dr. Negard's clinical interests: physiology, depression, and exercise. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Negard trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Negard (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Exercise, Physiology, Rehabilitation

Dr. Eric S Parsons, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eric Parsons is a family practitioner. His clinical interests include general care. Dr. Parsons is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and performed his residency at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Circumcision, Contraception, Migraine, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba sees patients in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Borba average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Borba is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Borba is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Immunization, Down Syndrome, Bronchitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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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.