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We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Humana Premier near Port Charlotte, FL.

Catherine Bukovitz
Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy, Psychotherapy
18245 Paulson Drive; Office 1
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Ms. Catherine Bukovitz is a counselor, addiction therapist, and psychotherapist. Areas of expertise for Ms. Bukovitz include depression, narrative therapy, and existential psychotherapy. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Substance Abuse, Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness, Clinical ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Counseling
3390 Tamiami Trail; Suite 104
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Ms. Therese Reynolds' specialty is counseling. Her areas of expertise include the following: substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Substance Abuse, Couples Therapy, Mental Health Issues, Terminal Illness, Family ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Social Work
20020 Veterans Boulevard; Suite 2
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Ms. Linda Weser's specialty is social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Weser include crisis intervention, depression, and life transitions. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Grief, Transpersonal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Social Work
1475 Collingswood Boulevard; Suite E
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Mr. Edward Dumas is a social worker. Areas of expertise for Mr. Dumas include crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Psychopharmacology, Diagnostic Evaluation, Men's Health Issues, ... (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.