We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept United Healthcare Silver POS near Oakmont, PA.

Dr. Barbara A Gershenson, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
905 W. Governor Road; Suite 200
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Barbara Gershenson's specialty is psychology. Dr. Gershenson's areas of expertise consist of depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and eating disorders. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Eating Disorders, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Specializes in Counseling
330 Cedar Road
Hershey, PA
 

Ms. Suzanne Burton specializes in counseling. Clinical interests for Ms. Burton include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Eating Disorders, Couples Therapy, Mental Health Issues, Terminal Illness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erika Fairchild Helmuth Fairchildsaunders, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Erika Saunders is a medical specialist in psychiatry. She attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Saunders trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for her residency. She has indicated that her clinical interests include depression and bipolar disorder. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Saunders is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
22 Northeast Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, who practices in Hershey, PA, is a medical specialist in pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Petrovic-Dovat's education and training includes medical school at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She has indicated that her clinical interests include mood disorders and anxiety. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors of America and Back to Search Results. Dr. Petrovic-Dovat is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety 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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