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We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Fernandina Beach, FL.

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Dr. Ernest Paul Bicknell III, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
1890 S 14th Street; Suite 306
Fernandina Beach, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Bicknell specializes in psychology and practices in Fernandina Beach, FL and Amelia Island, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bicknell include crisis intervention, depression, and dialectical behavior therapy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bicknell's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Specializes in Social Work
910 S 8th Street; Suite 201
Fernandina Beach, FL
 

Ms. Michelle Rampone's area of specialization is social work. These areas are among Ms. Rampone's clinical interests: behavioral medicine, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Rampone takes.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Specializes in Counseling
2794 Long Boat Drive
Fernandina Beach, FL
 

Ms. Paula Porterfield-Izzo specializes in counseling. Her clinical interests include terminal illness, depression, and aging. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Porterfield-Izzo takes.

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Specializes in Counseling
501 Centre Street; Maxwell Building, Suite 114
Fernandina Beach, FL
 

Ms. Dabney Byrd is a counselor. These areas are among Ms. Byrd's clinical interests: depression, anxiety, and trauma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Byrd accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma

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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.