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Abdelrahim Abu-Shtaiah, APRNOnline mental health consult

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Angela Bryant, FNP-COnline mental health consult

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Dr. Samuel Pennella, MDOnline mental health consult

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Dr. Henry Chang, DOOnline mental health consult

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Dr. Ikechukwu Ogbu, MDOnline mental health consult

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"Dr. Ike was very kind and understanding, he listened to my concerns and addressed them thoroughly. I particularly liked that in such a short window of time he made me feel comfortable and comfortable and confident in his abilities as a provider. I would recommend to my loved ones."

Samantha Wannos, APRN-CNPOnline mental health consult

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Abdelrahim Abu-Shtaiah, APRNOnline therapy session (new patient)

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Gary Norman, LCSWOnline therapy session (new patient)

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    Jessica Key, LPCOnline therapy session (new patient)

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      Ifeoma Nwufor, PMHNPOnline psychiatry consult (existing patient)

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      About Depression

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      Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a type of mood disorder that negatively affects how you think, behave, and feel. Untreated depression can lead to a range of emotional and physical issues.

      According to Psychiatry.org, depression affects nearly one in fifteen adults, with one in six people experiencing depression at least once in their lifetime.

      Depression Symptoms

      Depressive disorders will cause different symptoms in different people. These thoughts and sensations will vary from person to person. Common symptoms of depression include:

      • Feelings of sadness
      • Loss of interest in or pleasure in most normal activities
      • Outbursts of anger or frustration
      • Troubles with sleep such as sleeping too much or insomnia
      • Fatigue or lack of energy
      • Anxiety or agitation
      • Loss of appetite or increased craving for food
      • Feelings of worthlessness
      • Suicidal thoughts

      If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, talk to a doctor or mental health care provider right away.

      If you think you might hurt yourself or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call your doctor or a suicide hotline to speak to a mental health professional. In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or text 741741.

      Types of Depression

      Depression can make it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks and affect personal relationships.

      There are many types of depression caused by a variety of triggers, sometimes chemical and sometimes the result of traumatic life events. These include:

      Major depression: People with major depression have depressed moods most of the day for most days of the week.

      Persistent Depressive Disorder: If a person has depression for 2 or more years, this is known as persistent depressive disorder. This type of depression has two subgroups called chronic major depression and dysthymia, or low-grade persistent depression.

      Bipolar Disorder: Also known as manic depression, a person with bipolar disorder has extremes, ranging from states of low energy and/or mood to periods of high energy and/or mood. Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilizer medication, such as Latuda, Seroquel, and Olanzapine-fluoxetine combo.

      Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): A person who has seasonal affective disorder will often feel periods of major depression during winter. Because winter days are shorter than the rest of the year, a person receives less and less sunlight which can cause seasonal affective disorder. Antidepressants may be a great option for someone who has SAD.

      Psychotic Depression: If a person has paranoia, hallucinations, and/or delusions during periods of major depression, they may be suffering from psychotic depression. This type of depression can be treated with antipsychotic drugs along with antidepressants.

      Peripartum (Postpartum) Disorder: Postpartum depression affects new mothers, typically in the weeks and months post-childbirth.

      Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): This type of depression affects people at the onset of their monthly period. Along with depression, you may feel tired, irritable, unfocused, anxious, overwhelmed, or have changes in your sleep patterns. PMDD can be treated with some birth controls and antidepressants.

      ‘Situational’ Depression (Stress response syndrome): This is caused by a traumatic or stressful event like moving, divorce, losing your job, or a death in the family, and can likely be treated with psychotherapy.

      Atypical Depression: Unlike typical depression, this depression follows more unusual patterns such as feeling overly sensitive to critique, finding you have increased your appetite, sleeping more than usual, or your arms and/or legs feeling heavy.

      Complications of Depression

      Depression is more than just feeling sad. These feelings are persistent and require treatment. If left untreated, depression can lead to complications such as:

      • Social isolation
      • Anxiety disorders
      • Weight gain/ weight loss
      • Eating disorders (like anorexia or bulimia)
      • Self-mutilation
      • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
      • Alcohol or drug abuse

      If you or someone you know is dealing with symptoms of a depressive disorder, seek help from a licensed mental health care provider right away.

      Common Medication
      Treatment Options
      In addition to medication your doctor may prescribe, there are a variety of other treatment options that can be used alone, or in combination with one another, as prescribed by your doctor. These include:
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      Frequently asked questions about depression treatment on Sesame

      Sesame offers convenient and affordable online mental health visits with licensed health providers across the country. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of depression, book a visit right away for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

      Online doctor visits can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home. During your visit, you will be asked about your symptoms and mental health history

      If your doctor determines that you are experiencing some form of depressive disorder, they will discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include recurring video psychiatry consults and/or medication. If appropriate, your doctor can prescribe medication through Sesame. Depending on the medication, you can have your prescription delivered to your home or ready for same-day pickup at a pharmacy of your choice. Book a visit today to get started on treatment right away.

      Yes! Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill a prescription from the comfort of your own home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe drugs that help treat mental health conditions--like depression.

      Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

      Book a video visit on Sesamecare.com based on the health care you need, and pick up a new prescription or existing prescription refill at a pharmacy of your choice. Browse services on Sesame, set up an appointment with a real doctor at your convenience, and get the care you need.

      During a mental health consult, a primary care provider can help start the conversation about mental health care and maintain prescribing and medication management for those who are in stable condition and do not need the expertise of a psychiatry specialist. It's ideal for individuals seeking basic mental health guidance within a primary care context.

      Mental health care starts with reaching out for help. On Sesame, you can connect with mental health specialists online to get the quality care you need right away.

      Yes! Telehealth platforms like Sesame now make it easier than ever to see mental health care providers for psychiatry consults and therapy sessions. Mental health professionals on Sesame offer a wide range of psychiatry services such as:

      • Talk therapy
      • Psychiatric evaluations
      • Behavioral health consultations
      • Couples therapy

      In addition, licensed mental health care providers on Sesame can address and treat mental health conditions such as:

      • Anxiety disorder
      • Depression
      • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
      • Bipolar disorder
      • Obsessive/ Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
      • Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
      • Schizophrenia

      This is not a complete list of psychiatric services offered by providers on Sesame. Use our search bar to look for the specific type of psychiatric care or treatment and book an appointment at your convenience. Most care providers will request an initial consultation to discuss your symptoms or concerns. After a consult, providers on Sesame can refer you to a specialist, or schedule follow-up appointments for further care.

      Because online psychiatrist appointments on Sesame use a video conferencing platform (like Zoom or Facetime), it is recommended that you have a stable internet connection and a private space to conduct the appointment. Even though it is taking place on a video call, you will be meeting with a mental health care provider in real-time. For your privacy, a quiet and secluded space in your home is the best place to have this video consultation.

      It is generally recommended for all psychiatry consultations to jot down a few questions or concerns you may have prior to your appointment. Mental health care providers on Sesame are certified psychiatrists and therapists with the extensive experience needed to help walk you through the consultation, but it is still encouraged to come up with some questions or thoughts of your own to get the most out of your appointment.

      If any other preparation is needed, your provider will reach out to discuss these specifics with you.

      Telepsychiatry (online psychiatry care) appointments are a convenient option for those seeking mental health care, without requiring a trip to a clinic. This form of telemedicine can help those seeking to fit mental health services into a busy schedule, people who either cannot - or do not want to - commute to a psychiatrist's office, or those who just want an informal chat about mental health concerns.

      Most video mental health appointments will start with an initial consultation about your mental health history, symptoms you may be experiencing, medication you are currently taking, and your history with psychiatric care. After this, your mental health provider can recommend the best treatment plan for you. This may include follow-up appointments, a referral to a specialist, or a prescription for medication.

      Booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse online is typically the fastest way to get a prescription! Sesame offers same-day online doctor prescription and prescription refill appointments with board-certified healthcare professionals. If deemed clinically necessary, Sesame providers can provide prescriptions and prescription refills for most non-controlled substances. They can also provide you with a doctor’s note if necessary.

      Most online prescription and prescription refill appointments take around 15 minutes, and providers are able to send a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice right after your appointment.

      Yep! If you request a prescription transfer, you can easily move your prescription from one pharmacy to another. Plus, many pharmacies now offer mail services for home delivery. Here's how to request a prescription refill at a different pharmacy:

      1) Call your new preferred pharmacy to request a transfer.

      2) Provide that pharmacy with health insurance/ prescription info

      3) Wait for the prescription to be transferred before you pick it up. It usually takes pharmacies a few days to transfer a prescription, but you will get a notification once this step has been completed. Either go pick up your prescription in person or set up home delivery.

      If you need a prescription refill, book a visit with a real, quality doctor on Sesame today. Doctors on Sesame can refill prescriptions for high blood pressure, birth control, allergies, and more! Save up to 60% on your prescription refill visit when you book with Sesame.

      Sesame offers online prescription and refill services at affordable prices, starting at just $29. If a new prescription is determined necessary by a provider, clinicians on Sesame can prescribe medication that helps treat blood pressure, infections, allergies, cholesterol problems, thyroid conditions, and more!

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