We found 3 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Chelmsford, MA.

Dr. Rhoda Claire Kupferberg Joss, PsyD
Specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Health Psychology
810 Concord Street
Carlisle, MA
 

Dr. Rhoda Kupferberg Joss' specialties are cognitive-behavioral therapy and health psychology. She practices in Carlisle, MA. Her clinical interests include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Kupferberg Joss (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Yiddish. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. William J Meehan, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
228 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA
 

Dr. William Meehan is a psychiatrist. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Before performing his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Meehan attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Meehan honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Meehan is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Bruce J Holstein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
228 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA
 

Dr. Bruce Holstein is a specialist in pediatric psychiatry. He has a special interest in depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and psychopharmacology. Dr. Holstein honors several insurance carriers, including Prudential (PruCare), Cigna, and Aetna. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at McLean Hospital and Boston Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Health Plan and Mental Health Recognition Award, Harvard Pilgram. Dr. Holstein is affiliated with Atrius Health. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Psychopharmacology, Grief, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety, Mood Disorders

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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.
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