We found 6 providers with an interest in depression and who accept First Health near Berkeley Heights, NJ.

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Dr. James A Levey, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. James Levey's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients gave Dr. Levey an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levey takes. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Levey's medical residency was performed at Wilmington Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Intrauterine Device Insertion, Pelvic Ultrasound, Postpartum Issues, Cesarean Section, Gardasil, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen A Heffernan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Summit Medical Group
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Kathleen Heffernan works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Heffernan's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. She takes Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Heffernan attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Heffernan's training includes a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Joseph A Barresi, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Summit Medical Group
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Joseph Barresi's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. He takes Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Barresi attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Barresi has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Alice B Gibbons, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Summit Medical Group
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Alice Gibbons sees patients in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Her clinical interests include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Gibbons's patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, and Railroad Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gibbons's hospital/clinic affiliations include Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Laura S Zimmermann, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1 Diamond Hill Road; Summit Medical Group
Berkeley Heights, NJ
 

Dr. Laura Zimmermann works as a general gynecologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Zimmermann include menopause, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and uterine prolapse. She is affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Zimmermann is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmermann trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Coventry, Aetna, Railroad Medicare, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

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Dr. Kathleen H Leistikow, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
563 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ
 

Dr. Kathleen Leistikow is a Westfield, NJ physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and polio vaccination. Dr. Leistikow is affiliated with Summit Medical Group and Overlook Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She honors AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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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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