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We found 5 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Amarillo, TX.

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Specializes in Psychology
6141 Amarillo Boulevard West
Amarillo, TX
(806) 358-4231

Dr. Michael Pelfrey practices psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pelfrey include depression, phobias, and dissociative disorders. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pelfrey welcomes new patients. Dr. Pelfrey is conversant in German.

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All Interests: Coaching, Cognitive/Behavioral, Contemplative, Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress ... (Read more)

Jana Denise Pounds MED, LPC
Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy
6910 W 45th Avenue; Suite 23
Amarillo, TX
(806) 359-5990; (806) 331-7974

Ms. Jana Pounds' specialties are counseling and addiction therapy. She practices in Amarillo, TX. Her areas of expertise include crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and christian counseling. Ms. Pounds honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Christian Therapy, CBT, Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal, Individual Counseling, Crisis ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Counseling
719 S Austin Street
Amarillo, TX
(806) 433-9090

Ms. Colleen Presley works as a counselor. Ms. Presley's areas of expertise include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice.

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All Interests: School, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill

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Specializes in Counseling
4300 Teckla Boulevard; Suite 3B
Amarillo, TX
(806) 206-8583

Ms. Kristy Paddack's specialty is counseling. Areas of expertise for Ms. Paddack include substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Paddack honors.

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All Interests: Sexual Abuse Recovery, Addictions and Dependency, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, ... (Read more)

Mohammed Samiuddin MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Family Medicine
1400 Coulter; Suite 5100
Amarillo, TX
(806) 351-3777

Dr. Mohammed Samiuddin is a family practice physician and geriatrician in Dallas, TX, Mesquite, TX, and Amarillo, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Samiuddin include prostate problems, depression, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Samiuddin is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Samiuddin graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Samiuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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All Interests: Adult Immunizations, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety Disorders, Balance Disorders, Bone Density ... (Read more)


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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.