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Specializes in Counseling
1525 S Cooper Street
Arlington, TX
 

Ms. Rebecca Clark's specialty is counseling. Clinical interests for Ms. Clark include terminal illness, depression, and mental health agency services. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Counseling
983 N Cooper Street
Arlington, TX
 

Mr. Lennard Lathan works as a counselor. These areas are among his clinical interests: substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
1414 W Randol Mill Road; Suite 200
Arlington, TX
 

Ms. Rita Peterson practices family therapy and counseling. Areas of expertise for Ms. Peterson include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna FocusIn.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Couples Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Terminal Illness, Family Therapy Services

Dr. Robert Kent Smitherman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
811 W. Interstate 20; Suite #120
Arlington, TX
 

Dr. Robert Smitherman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Smitherman is affiliated with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas, and USMD Hospital at Arlington. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Smitherman a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. Dr. Smitherman has an open panel.

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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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