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We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Athens, GA.

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Dr. James Kip Matthews, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
191 E Broad Street; Suite 314
Athens, GA
 

Dr. James Matthews' specialties are psychology and counseling. Clinical interests for Dr. Matthews include behavioral medicine, depression, and domestic abuse. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matthews accepts. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Counseling
975 Gaines School Road; Building 4 Suite 1
Athens, GA
 

Dr. Michele Hunter's area of specialization is counseling. Dr. Hunter's clinical interests include substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Counseling
337 S. Milledge Avenue; Ste.123
Athens, GA
 

Mr. James Jenkins works as a counselor. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypnosis (hypnotherapy), alcohol abuse, and depression. Mr. Jenkins takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Counseling
1020 Barber Creek Drive, Suite 213; Suite 213
Watkinsville, GA
 

Ms. Laura Davenport's specialty is counseling. Ms. Davenport's clinical interests include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.