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We found 5 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Medicare near Dover, NH.

Dr. DEd Deborah H Hamilton EdD, MSW, CSW, DED, LICSW
Specializes in Social Work
3 Woodchuck Lane
Somersworth, NH
(603) 692-4060

Dr. Deborah Hamilton is a social worker. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, narrative therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Hamilton accepts Magellan Health Services, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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Mr. Randall L OBrien (OBrien) LICSW, MSW, MA, CSW
Specializes in Social Work
86 Locust Street
Dover, NH
(603) 743-6945

Mr. Randall O'Brien's specialty is social work. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, existential psychotherapy, and dissociative disorders. Mr. O'Brien accepts Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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Specializes in Psychology
16 Fifth Street
Dover, NH
(603) 749-4462

Dr. Ann Hotchkiss specializes in psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She takes Magellan Health Services, ValueOptions, Anthem, and more. Dr. Hotchkiss is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Grief/Loss, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheila H Gardner PHD
Specializes in Counseling, Psychology
35 2nd Street
Dover, NH
(603) 742-9200; (603) 508-0309

Dr. Sheila Gardner is a psychologist and counselor. Dr. Gardner's areas of expertise include the following: life transitions, stress management, and meditation. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , bipolar disorder

All Interests: Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, ... (Read more)

Elizabeth M Schwenzfeier PHD
Specializes in Psychology
16 5th Street
Dover, NH
(603) 749-4462

Dr. Elizabeth Schwenzfeier's specialty is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwenzfeier include depression, life transitions, and stress management. Dr. Schwenzfeier accepts Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)


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What are Mood Disorders?

Mood disorders are mental illnesses that primarily impact a person’s feelings, or mood. A person with a mood disorder might have primarily negative or primarily positive feelings, or maybe very few feelings at all. They might cycle back and forth from feeling unusually down to feeling on top of the world. Mood disorders are challenging to live with and frequently misunderstood, but they are also treatable. The two main mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder.

In depression, people feel unusually sad, empty, hopeless, or unhappy. They may have low self-esteem, a lack of energy, and little interest in the world around them. They may have trouble sleeping and eating regularly. Everyone feels blue now and then, but depression is different. It is much more intense than a typical down day. It lasts much longer, and it interferes with people’s ability to do the things they normally do. At its worst, depression can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

Bipolar disorder sometimes feels like depression. But a person with bipolar disorder cycles through periods of depressed mood and elevated mood, or mania. Mania is like the opposite of depression. Manic people might feel invincible and unusually happy. They might talk or move quickly and not need very much sleep. They might spend too much, eat too much, gamble, or engage in risky and impulsive behavior. In severe cases, they may even hear voices or hallucinate. There is a subset of bipolar disorder called bipolar II, with typical depression symptoms but a milder form of mania, called hypomania. Hypomania includes many of the feelings of full mania but fewer of the risky and dangerous behaviors. Approximately six million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. It tends to run in families, but the exact cause is still not well known.

There are several effective treatments available for mood disorders, including medications and talk therapy. Not every treatment will work for every person, so it sometimes takes time to find the right fit. A good mental health professional can help.