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

Dr. James Levey is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College. He completed his residency training at Wilmington Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Levey's clinical interests: menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Levey is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Levey welcomes new patients.

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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 sees patients in Warren, NJ and Berkeley Heights, NJ. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She graduated from New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. These areas are among Dr. Heffernan's clinical interests: menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Heffernan's 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 sees patients in Berkeley Heights, NJ. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Barresi include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Barresi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. His professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Barresi welcomes new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her clinical interests include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Patients gave Dr. Gibbons an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gibbons is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. She is 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. Laura Senn Zimmermann, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Wittmann, 3rd Floor
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Laura Zimmermann specializes in general gynecology and practices in Berkeley Heights, NJ and Westfield, NJ. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zimmermann's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Her professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Zimmermann is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare. Her practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Leistikow include prostate problems, warts, and polio vaccination. Her professional affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Leistikow is closed to new patients at this time. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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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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