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Dr. Stephen Patrick Schengber, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
12600 Creekside Lane; Suite 7a
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Schengber works as a psychologist in Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Schengber include depression, infertility, and education consultation. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schengber's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, major depression

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Specializes in Counseling
12734 Kenwood Lane; Suite 17
Fort Myers, FL
 

Mr. Frank Kohn works as a counselor in Fort Myers, FL. His areas of expertise include substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. Mr. Kohn is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Counseling
1342 Colonial Boulevard; Building B, Suite 13
Fort Myers, FL
 

Ms. Liza Vitiello practices counseling. Her clinical interests include substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. She is an in-network provider 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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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Mental Health Issues, Terminal Illness

Specializes in Counseling
1400 Colonial Boulevard; Suite 253
Ft Myers, FL
 

Ms. Melinda Messina practices counseling. Her clinical interests include substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression. She takes 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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Specializes in Neuropsychology
1950 Courtney Drive; Suite 2
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. David Geiser specializes in neuropsychology and practices in Fort Myers, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Geiser include acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral medicine, and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Geiser accepts. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Geiser welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Social Work
8192 College Parkway; Suite 50
Fort Myers, FL
 

Ms. Diane Colonnello's specialty is social work. She has a special interest in depression, codependency, and anxiety. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Codependency, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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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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