We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Pearland, TX.

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Bryan A Blakeny
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling
9757 Windwater Drive; Suite 5103
Houston, TX
 

Mr. Bryan Blakeny is a social worker and counselor in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, narrative therapy, and person-centered therapy. Mr. Blakeny takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
2225 County Road; 90 Ste 201-a
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Doreen Lerner's area of specialization is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lerner include crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lerner honors. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Counseling
2225 County Road; 90 Ste 119
Pearland, TX
 

Ms. Peggy Martin works as a counselor. Areas of expertise for Ms. Martin include terminal illness, depression, and career counseling. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Martin honors.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Terminal Illness, Career Counseling

Dr. Robert Edwin Prangle, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13310 Beamer Road; Suite G
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Prangle is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prangle takes. Dr. Prangle is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Employment Issues, Stress Management, ... (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.
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