We found 5 providers with an interest in depression and who accept HealthSpring near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Veronica A Covalesky, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1703 S Broad Street; Suite 300
Phila, PA

Dr. Veronica Covalesky works as a cardiologist in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Covalesky include rheumatic heart disease, depression, and exercise stress test. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for her residency. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Jefferson Health, and Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Dizziness, Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Celeste P Durnwald, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 2000 Courtyard Building
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Celeste Durnwald's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Durnwald's clinical interests include thyroid problems, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and heart problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durnwald takes. She obtained her medical school training at Northeast Ohio Medical University and performed her residency at Summa Health System. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Diabetes Management, Diabetic Nephropathy, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Hansie Marie Mathelier, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
51 N. 39th Street; Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Hansie Mathelier is a cardiologist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Mathelier attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mathelier include obesity, consultative cardiology, and heart problems. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Amyloidosis, Consultative Cardiology, Heart Problems, Intensive Care, Obesity, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Anne Anne Spratt, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
51 North 39th Street; Phi, Suite 2c
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Kelly Spratt practices adult cardiology in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her areas of expertise include consultative cardiology, cardiac risk reduction, and depression. Patient ratings for Dr. Spratt average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Spratt takes. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Frankford Hospital, and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Spratt's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Cardiac Stress Testing, Consultative Cardiology, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Joyce W Wald, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; East Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Joyce Wald's area of specialization is adult cardiology. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Wald has indicated that her clinical interests include heart problems, depression, and heart transplant. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wald is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. She has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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All Interests: Depression, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant

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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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