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Dr. James A Levey, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. James Levey's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Wilmington Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levey include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Patients rated Dr. Levey highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare. He is affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Levey's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Kathleen A Heffernan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Summit Medical Group
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Kathleen Heffernan is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Warren, NJ and Berkeley Heights, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heffernan include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. She graduated from New York Medical College. She trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for her residency. Dr. Heffernan is professionally affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Joseph A Barresi, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Wittmann Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Joseph Barresi is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barresi include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Barresi's professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. He accepts Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. Dr. Barresi is open to new patients. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Alice B Gibbons, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Wittmann Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Alice Gibbons' area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gibbons include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. Dr. Gibbons is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Gibbons completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Laura S Zimmermann, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Wittmann, 3rd Floor
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Laura Zimmermann, who practices in Berkeley Heights, NJ and Westfield, NJ, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Dr. Zimmermann attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zimmermann include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zimmermann's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Kathleen H Leistikow, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
563 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ
 

Dr. Kathleen Leistikow sees patients in Westfield, NJ. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Leistikow's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and polio vaccination. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Leistikow is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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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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