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

Dr. Joanne Doucette's area of specialization is child psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Doucette include alcohol abuse, infertility, and infidelity issues. Dr. Doucette accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
534 Angell Street
Providence, RI

Dr. Shawn Cooper specializes in psychology. These areas are among his clinical interests: adoption issues, depression, and behavior therapy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, First Health, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. Dr. Cooper's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Newkirk's specialty is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newkirk include depression, behavior therapy, and life transitions. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Mr. Michael O'Mara is a counselor. These areas are among Mr. O'Mara's clinical interests: depression, gay and lesbian issues, and life transitions. He takes Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Lisa Rocchio works as a psychologist. Dr. Rocchio's areas of expertise include the following: adoption issues, depression, and behavior therapy. She is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes 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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