We found 7 providers with an interest in depression and who accept Blue Shield near North Reading, MA.

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Deborah Jean Colucci, MEd
Specializes in Counseling
162 Park Street; Suite 202
North Reading, MA
 

Ms. Deborah Colucci specializes in counseling and practices in Haverhill, MA and North Reading, MA. Ms. Colucci's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, behavior therapy, and depression. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, TRICARE, and more. She has an open panel.

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Barbara Joan Dwyer-Heidkamp, MA
Specializes in Counseling
591 North Avenue; Lakeview Office Park, Door 3
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Barbara Dwyer-Heidkamp practices counseling. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and narrative therapy. Ms. Dwyer-Heidkamp is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Stein Rainen, MS, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
90 Main Street
Andover, MA
 

Dr. David Rainen practices psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rainen include adoption issues, behavior therapy, and depression. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Melissa R Boyd, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
162 Park Street; Suite 202
North Reading, MA
 

Dr. Melissa Boyd works as a psychologist in Stoneham, MA and North Reading, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Boyd include behavior therapy, depression, and adoption issues. Dr. Boyd is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Nancy Kelly
Specializes in Social Work
6 Foster Street; Suite 5
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Nancy Kelly's specialty is social work. Ms. Kelly's areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and person-centered therapy. She accepts Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Regina M Paolini
Specializes in Social Work
599 North Avenue; #8 Lakeside Office Park
Wakefield, MA
 

Ms. Regina Paolini is a social worker in Wakefield, MA and Reading, MA. Her areas of expertise include behavior therapy, depression, and narrative therapy. Ms. Paolini accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Melissa Audier, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
352 Park Street; Suite 208 West
North Reading, MA
 

Ms. Melissa Audier specializes in social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Audier include behavior therapy, child abuse, and depression. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Audier is open to new patients.

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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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