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

Specializes in Psychology
13939 Lakeshore Boulevard
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Scot Machlus is a psychologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Machlus include crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Machlus 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 his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Raghu V Devabhaktuni, MD
Specializes in Geriatric Psychiatry
13908 Lakeshore Boulevard; Suite 210
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Raghu Devabhaktuni works as a geriatric psychiatrist. Dr. Devabhaktuni's areas of expertise include the following: depression, schizophrenia, and alzheimer's disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Guntur Medical College, he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Telugu. Dr. Devabhaktuni's professional affiliations include Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Hemant N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11906 Oak Trail Way
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Hemant Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include heart problems, depression, and ambulatory phlebectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College and residency at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Mukeshkumar Patel practices general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include alcohol abuse, depression, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oak Hill Hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Medical Center of Trinity.

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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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