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Types of Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. There are different types of depression that Alpha can help diagnose and treat, from the comfort and privacy of your home.

Types of depression

Major Depressive Disorder interferes with a person’s ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy life.

Postpartum Depression occurs during or after pregnancy. It involves difficulty bonding with the baby.

Persistent Depressive Disorder is a depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 years.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is an onset of depression during the winter months.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

What We Don’t Treat

We do not treat Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Suicidal Thoughts.


If you are thinking about hurting or even killing yourself, get help now.
Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Screening tool

Not sure if you have depression?

Find out if you need treatment by completing our free mental health assessment online.

How We Treat Depression

Treatment depends on the type of depression you have and your personal history of health problems, violence, or abuse. The first step is to get a proper medical diagnosis.

Talk Therapy

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Prescription Medication

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Self-Care Advice

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Often, treatment may include a combination of self care, talk therapy, and medication.

Alpha Mental Health Service

$120*

per year

Treatment for both depression and anxiety

Medical consultations

All online mental health visits are covered. No need to pay additional fees each time you consult your Alpha Provider.

Personalized treatment plan

Through different phases of your treatment, our Providers may refer you to talk therapy or prescribe different medications and doses, in order to minimize and prevent the return of symptoms and new episodes.

Unlimited messaging with our care team

Access our Care Team anytime with questions or concerns.

Insurance coordinator

We'll help you check what is covered under insurance, should you choose to use it.

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*Cost of medication is not included; may be covered by your insurance plan.

Why a flat annual fee?

Because care for mental health conditions is a long term, on-going treatment that requires more frequent interactions with your medical provider, we charge an annual flat fee for the comprehensive service.

Talk Therapy

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Psychotherapy, or Talk Therapy, can be as effective as medication when treating anxiety disorders.

We partner with BetterHelp, an e-counseling platform independent from Alpha, to address the mental health needs of our patients.

Treatment can include weekly sessions and unlimited texting with your therapist for an additional fee. BetterHelp will waive its charge for the first month.

Prescription Medication

Prescription medication has proven to be an effective treatment for depression. Each drug affects patients differently, so our Alpha Clinicians will work closely with you to monitor the effects and make medication adjustment and/or dosing changes.

SSRIs

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors slow the process by which serotonin (a substance that nerves use to send messages to one another) is reused by nerve cells that make it. This increases the amount of serotonin available for stimulating other nerves.

Our Alpha Providers Prescribe

Citalopram

(Generic for Celexa)

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20 - 40mg

$35

every month
insurance accepted

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SNRIs

Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors increase the levels of the chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Nerves use these chemicals to send messages to one another. Increasing their levels in the brain helps improve mood.

Our Alpha Providers Prescribe

Duloxetine DR

(Generic for Cymbalta)

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30 - 60mg

$25

every month
insurance accepted

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NDRI

Bupropion is a drug used to treat depression and certain other disorders. It is also used to help people stop smoking. Bupropion hydrochloride increases the levels of the chemicals dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain. This helps improve mood and can lessen cravings for nicotine. It is a type of antidepressant and a type of nicotine receptor antagonist. Also called Wellbutrin and Zyban.

Our Alpha Providers Prescribe

Bupropion

(Generic for Wellbutrin)

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300 - 400mg (SR)

150 - 300mg (XL)

$30

every month
insurance accepted

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Tetracyclic

Tricyclic antidepressant and tetracyclic antidepressant: Cyclic antidepressants block the reabsorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. This increases the levels of these two neurotransmitters in the brain. Cyclic antidepressants also affect other chemical messengers, which can lead to a number of side effects.

Our Alpha Providers Prescribe

Mirtazapine

(Generic for Remeron)

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15 - 45mg

$26

every month
insurance accepted

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We do not prescribe MAO inhibitors, benzodiazepines or other controlled substances.

Self-Care Advice

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Be observant: Maintain a worksheet of your triggers and coping strategies for depression.

Get regular exercise: Exercise is a successful alternative for treating depression and anxiety. It may treat other mental health conditions, addictions and improve self-esteem. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and improve your health.

Eat a healthy diet that includes these food groups: Vegetables, organ meats, fruits, seafood, legumes, meats, grains, nuts & seeds, and dairy.

Try a relaxing activity for example exploring relaxation or wellness programs, which may incorporate yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises. Schedule routine times for these activities.

Stay connected. You are not alone. Keep in touch with friends and family who can provide emotional support and practical help. Join support groups of like minded people.

Talk to your health care provider or a health professional. Get properly diagnosed and know your options. Make a shared treatment plan with your clinician.

How it Works

Describe your symptoms

Answer some questions about your current symptoms & upload photos if needed - all online.

Connect with a provider

A medical provider will review your responses and send a treatment plan within 24 hours (8 hours for urgent care cases)

Medications prescribed online

Any prescriptions will be shipped for free or sent to your nearest pharmacy for pick up. You'll be charged a $10 medical visit fee.

Our healthcare system is broken, and we’re here with a better solution.

Women face the greatest barriers to accessible and affordable healthcare. Alpha was formed with the goal of providing access to care for some of the country’s most common, underserved, and undertreated medical needs.

 

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