We found 5 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Providence, RI.

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Dr. Joanne Louise Doucette, EdD
Specializes in Other, Child Psychology
111 Wayland Avenue; Lower Level
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Joanne Doucette works as a child psychologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, infertility, and infidelity issues. She takes Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Doucette's practice is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in Psychology
1445 Wampanoag Trail; Suite 106
Riverside, RI
 

Dr. Jennifer Newkirk is a psychologist in Warren, RI and Riverside, RI. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and life transitions. Dr. Newkirk honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Self-Pay/Uninsured, Tufts Health Plan, and more. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
1524 Atwood Avenue; Suite 222
Johnston, RI
 

Dr. Lisa Rocchio is a psychologist. Her clinical interests include adoption issues, depression, and behavior therapy. She honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and more. Dr. Rocchio welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
534 Angell Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Shawn Cooper works as a psychologist in Providence, RI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cooper include adoption issues, depression, and behavior therapy. He is in-network for Coventry, First Health, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cooper welcomes new patients.

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Michael Patrick OMara
Specializes in Counseling
530 N Main Street
Providence, RI
 

Mr. Michael O'Mara is a counselor. Areas of expertise for Mr. O'Mara include depression, gay and lesbian issues, and life transitions. Mr. O'Mara accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health Plan, and Blue Cross. His practice is open to new patients.

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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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