We found 4 providers with an interest in depression and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1400 near Hudson, FL.

Specializes in Psychology
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
13939 Lakeshore Boulevard
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Scot Machlus' specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Machlus include crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Diagnostic Evaluation, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, ... (Read more)

Dr. Raghu V. Devabhaktuni MD
Specializes in Geriatric Psychiatry
average rating 4.28 stars (13 ratings)
13908 Lakeshore Boulevard; Suite 210
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Raghu Devabhaktuni is a specialist in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Devabhaktuni's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include depression, schizophrenia, and alzheimer's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Devabhaktuni's education and training includes medical school at Guntur Medical College and residency at Chicago Medical School. He is conversant in Telugu.

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All Interests: Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ... (Read more)

Hemant Shah MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 2.5 stars (3 ratings)
11906 Oak Trail Way
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Hemant Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, depression, and ambulatory phlebectomy. Dr. Shah's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Government Medical College. He trained at Lutheran Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity.

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All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Mukeshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13906 Lakeshore Boulevard; Suite 330
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Mukeshkumar Patel is a general internist in Hudson, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, depression, and cystic fibrosis (CF). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oak Hill Hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Medical Center of Trinity. Dr. Patel is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Patel attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (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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