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Specializes in Counseling
1324 37th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL
 

Ms. Sandralee Foley practices counseling. Ms. Foley's clinical interests include terminal illness, depression, and aging. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Family Therapy Services, Grief, Couples Therapy, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Abuse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
5190 26th Street W; Suite F
Bradenton, FL
 

Dr. Robert Greene's area of specialization is psychology. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene accepts. Dr. Greene welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Substance Abuse, Behavior Therapy, Domestic Abuse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
4802 51st Street W; Box 327
Bradenton, FL
 

Ms. Clarissa Crystal-Belle's areas of specialization are family therapy and counseling; she sees patients in Bradenton, FL, Brandon, FL, and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Ms. Crystal-Belle include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. Ms. Crystal-Belle has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Men's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Counseling
3653 Cortez Road West; Suite 110c
Bradenton, FL
 

Ms. Valerie Fisher's area of specialization is counseling. Her clinical interests include depression, gender dysphoria, and life transitions. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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