We found 7 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Blue Shield near North Reading, MA.

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Deborah Jean Colucci, MEd
Specializes in Counseling
162 Park Street; Suite 202
North Reading, MA
 

Ms. Deborah Colucci practices counseling. Areas of expertise for Ms. Colucci include alcohol abuse, behavior therapy, and depression. Ms. Colucci honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, TRICARE, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Barbara Joan Dwyer-Heidkamp, MA
Specializes in Counseling
591 North Avenue; Lakeview Office Park, Door 3
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Barbara Dwyer-Heidkamp practices counseling in Wakefield, MA. Clinical interests for Ms. Dwyer-Heidkamp include depression, behavior therapy, and narrative therapy. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Ms. Dwyer-Heidkamp's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Stein Rainen, PsyD, MS
Specializes in Psychology
90 Main Street
Andover, MA
 

Dr. David Rainen specializes in psychology and practices in Andover, MA. These areas are among Dr. Rainen's clinical interests: behavior therapy, depression, and adoption issues. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Melissa R Boyd, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
162 Park Street; Suite 202
North Reading, MA
 

Dr. Melissa Boyd's specialty is psychology. These areas are among Dr. Boyd's clinical interests: behavior therapy, depression, and adoption issues. She takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Nancy Kelly
Specializes in Social Work
6 Foster Street; Suite 5
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Nancy Kelly practices social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Kelly include depression, behavior therapy, and person-centered therapy. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross. Ms. Kelly welcomes new patients.

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Regina M Paolini
Specializes in Social Work
599 North Avenue; #8 Lakeside Office Park
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Regina Paolini specializes in social work and practices in Wakefield, MA and Reading, MA. Ms. Paolini's areas of expertise include behavior therapy, depression, and narrative therapy. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Melissa Audier, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
352 Park Street; Suite 208 West
North Reading, MA
 

Ms. Melissa Audier is a social worker. Ms. Audier's clinical interests include behavior therapy, child abuse, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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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