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We found 2 providers with an interest in depression and who accept First Health near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Specializes in Counseling
2699 Stirling Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Mr. Tyrone Lewis is a counselor in Boca Raton, FL, Miami Lakes, FL, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, diagnostic evaluation, and dissociative disorders. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Mr. Lewis accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Psychology, Neuropsychology
2699 Stirling Road; Suite C306-e
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Carole Cakov's areas of specialization are psychology and neuropsychology; she sees patients in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL, and Miami Beach, FL. These areas are among Dr. Cakov's clinical interests: depression, gay and lesbian issues, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, First Health, and Cigna. She is conversant in French.

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All Interests: Depression, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Issues, Behavior ... (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.