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Welcome to Carolina Counseling Services – Fayetteville, NC (North) office!!

Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville, NC (North) Office

Call: (910) 485-6336 OR Text: (910) 308-3291

 

Scheduling will start AUGUST 2018

YOU CAN RISE ABOVE YOUR EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES.

 

MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CAN BE MORE DOABLE with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. Call us – 910-485-6336!

 

Life is full of contradictions. It is beautiful, but it is far from being perfect. There will often both good times and bad, challenges and resolutions, defeats and victories, and failures and successes. The happy times can inspire you, giving you the motivation when your goals and aspirations seem dimmer. The sad times can either “make or break” you. Choose to be aspire to greater things by learning valuable life lessons from them, which can keep you strong despite the many odds.

You do have options. When you feel down and out, you need not be alone or let hopelessness consume you. Instead, reach out to rediscover hope, help, and resolution. Seeking a qualified counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, IS A GOOD FIRST STEP.

If you are aiming to improve your or a loved one’s life, seeking assistance from a counselor independently contracted with CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC can help because: 

  1. It May Only Take One Session to Believe That There is Hope: As hope springs anew, you can feel more positive. So, you are likely to trust your counselor/therapist and participate in the diagnosis and counseling/therapy. Believing there is still hope and that you can feel better, you will be enthusiastic about continuing with your future sessions.

 

  1. CCS – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC is Conveniently Located: This is the new office of Carolina Counseling Services. It is located at 422 Mcarthur Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28311. The CCS – Main Office is also within the same neighborhood. To meet your specific needs, you now have two offices or options to go to.

 

  1. Insurance is Accepted at CCS – North Fayetteville Office: Paying for your diagnosis and therapy can be a financial concern. Insurance can help. The following insurances are accepted here –Tricare, Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). If you are covered by a different insurer, call us for inquiries or clarification.

 

  1. We Will Help You with Insurance Referrals: Unlike medical conditions, referral isn’t usually required for the therapy of emotional health conditions. If your insurance, such as NC Health Choice, requires it, call us beforehand, so we can assist you. We will also let you know about what you need when you call to book your first appointment; such as ID, insurance card, etc.

 

  1. We Will Ensure Your Confidential Information is Protected: We completely understand why privacy is a concern because we feel the same way. Therefore, we adhere to the standard protocols, such as the use of encrypted tools, and we keep the client records in accordance with the procedural laws of HIPAA and the state of North Carolina.

 

  1. Setting Your First Session is Simple and Quick. There is no need to be apprehensive when you decide to set your schedule for your first session. You may call us using this number (910-485-6336) or send us an email (Verna@ccs.hush.com)

 

Having emotional issues can unduly weigh you down, but it is does not mean the end of your dreams being fulfilled. A skilled counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, can help you bounce back – more resilient, confident, happy and hopeful.

When moving forward becomes a priority, keeping your hope “burning” is of utmost importance. This isn’t the end – this will just be the first step. This is the commitment that the counselors independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, is forging with you.

Don’t delay! Take the first step – call NOW!

Welcome to CCS – North Fayetteville Office!

Welcome to a New Life!

 

It is time to start a new life. You might be in earnest quest for a way to free yourself from everything that contributes to your distress, fears, sadness, grief, guilt, etc., but you do not know how or where to start. It can be very distressing and overwhelming when things you consider important do not turn out the way you want them to. Remember, however, that there is a way out of what may be gripping you.

If you want to understand your issues, sort them out, and find how to resolve them, you are in the right place. Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, is the right place for new beginnings. If you want to feel happy again, or to improve your overall functioning, so you can enjoy life more, meeting with a counselor/therapist independently contracted with CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, is a good decision.

 

Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office is now in the neighborhood!

When you aren’t feeling physically or emotionally well, driving to a diagnostic and/or treatment facility located far from home can be a big chore. The distance can deter you from seeking professional help.

Motivated with compassion, CCS continues to expand, to better serve the people of this state. Going to a distantly located therapist isn’t a “roadblock” anymore! A new CCS office has been conveniently opened right here at 422 Mcarthur Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28311.

With a CCS office in the neighborhood, your symptoms/issues being assessed and resolved can be less daunting. Coming to your appointment can entail less time and effort. With these conveniences, all you have to do is to schedule your first appointment as a first step toward improved emotional health.

 

We will keep your records private.

Your “secrets” are safe with CCS – North Fayetteville Office. We will secure them as if it is our own. If you wish to keep your emotional condition, its symptoms and its effects on your functioning confidential, know that “your wish” is granted.

We will protect your personal information according to acceptable, standard protocols. We start this from the moment you step on our doorstep – there is nothing conspicuous, like company signage or markings, which can give away your “secret.” Forget about losing your privacy. We believe and respect your right to confidentiality.

 

We accept insurance.

The road to emotional wellness can be very demanding. It can also entail costs, which may significantly impact your finances. This can be another deterrent in your quest for improved emotional health. Insurance can be a great help.

CCS – North Fayetteville Office accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Medicare and Tricare. If you have questions about a different insurance, payment using credit cards, and/or getting referrals, call us, so we can help you. We will assist you in setting your appointment, so it is convenient and easy for you.

 

Banking on the trust and experience.

The confidence that people have for Carolina Counseling Services did not grow overnight. It took more than two decades of dedicated service to its clients in the State of North Carolina for the name to become synonymous with trust and experience. These days, its network of offices has expanded to more localities to continue with its mission of “Making life a little better – one client at a time.

Your trust means so much to CCS. Therefore, we are doing our best for it to be reachable to those who need help. You can set your first appointment by calling 910-485-6336 and we will contact you by email to keep it confidential. Stalling can further complicate your issues. There is life after pain, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma and whatever may be causing you pain. Hope can be resurrected and strengthened if we will work together.

Welcome to Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC!

Welcome to a fresh chance to have a happier, fulfilling life.

depression counseling

  Depression Counseling | Rediscovering

Happiness and Pleasure

 

People of all ages and walks of life have likely uttered the words “I am depressed” at one time or another when feeling down. The term is so often said and heard that it has become almost synonymous with “sadness.”  While sadness is a hallmark feeling and symptom of depression, it is more than that alone. It isn’t a fleeting emotion or something you can will to stop when you want it to, either. 

Depression is an emotional condition that may need treatment for the symptoms to dissipate or improve. It has multiple symptoms that can wreak havoc in your life, from your daily functioning to how it can shape or interrupt dreams and aspirations. It can damage your relationships with the people you love and care about, as well as those with whom you work. It can exact a toll on your overall physical and emotional health which can affect many other areas, such as your marriage, parenting, friendships, and how you may come across to others.  All of these can impair your chance for the happy and pleasurable life you deserve.

As unpleasant as the outlook can seem at times, know that people are rebounding from the depths of depression every day. Like other emotional or medical conditions, depression can be resolved, so you or a loved one enjoy life more. It may not be easy to escape from its grip on your own. Depression is a strong emotion and a serious condition that may take something more than what you’ve overcome before. A great start is to gain more knowledge to understand it better, which you have begun by reading this. The right treatment in the hands of a trustworthy and skilled emotional health professional can help.

 

Understanding the Condition

Depression, technically termed “clinical depression” or “major depressive disorder” by behavioral health professionals, is “a common but serious mood disorder,” cited by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  It is not a rare emotional condition. According to reports from World Health Organization, it encumbers more than 150 million people across the continents. This is affirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who says that it affects roughly 2.1 percent of children and adolescents, and almost 10 percent of adults in the United States.

Depression can have many characteristics; and “sadness” isn’t always its main feature. For those with bipolar disorder, the depressive phase may wane when the manic or euphoric phase takes over. For young sufferers who are confused by their feelings, anger might be exhibited more than sadness. Other forms of depression may include seasonal affective disorder (SAD), dysthymia, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, which is common among youth. Women are also at risk of depression after having a child, which is also called postpartum depression or “blues,” perinatal depression, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Depression is not “particular,” meaning almost anyone can be depressed at any time. Some people, though, are more susceptible. There are those with a genetic predisposition, a traumatic past or present life experience, or extreme introverts who have the tendency to avoid society. Older adults who have complicated medical conditions and are taking multiple medications are also at a higher risk to depression. Many factors can be beyond your control, resulting in it being difficult to prevent.  Seeking professional assistance early can improve the outcome of your condition. 

 

The Telltale Red Flags of Depression

It can be natural to feel sad when depressed.  So, to receive a proper diagnosis, you must exhibit several of the symptoms for at least two weeks, says the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – Fifth Edition.  Mental Health America shares these signs and symptoms:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Sleeping too much or too little, middle of the night or early morning waking
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as chronic pain or digestive disorders)
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Take note, it can be easy to miss these signs and symptoms, because they may not necessarily alarm you at first, since they are nonspecific (can occur without have the condition). Also remember, that the signs and symptoms may vary from one individual to another.  However, if the feelings of sadness are intense, persistent, and illogical, it can be advantageous to have your symptoms assessed by a professional right away. While sadness may not always be present in all cases, it is among the foremost indicators of depression.

 

The Impact of Depression

Depression can manifest as anger, defiance and indifference, or possibly mischief and being overly quarrelsome in a depressed child. It can interfere with a child’s development and maturity.  Without recognizing the symptoms, diagnosing and treating them, it can continue to worsen.  As in children, depression can contribute to a teen’s moodiness and lack of well-being, interfering in the critical adolescent processes of identity formation and the quest for independence.

Adults losing their functioning abilities to the condition can be inclined to negatively influence the lives of their loved ones and those around them in many ways. It can burden and distress their spouses and children with additional responsibilities. It can bring gloom into a marriage or family, seemingly ripping it apart. Depression can also be a common companion for many adults later in life, as they struggle with age-related conditions.

Depression can be a “sneaky” condition that can wreak havoc in the lives of many. A type that may be worse or rendered more complicated is when it is considered comorbid, or occurring with other medical/emotional issues. Depression isn’t healthy at any age. Watch out for comorbidity – it can push you toward more distress, and lead to feelings of anger, guilt, or even helplessness, hopelessness.

 

Finding Real, Positive Help

It is natural to feel reluctant about admitting that you may be depressed. It can be the same when your child feels like their life is lacking fulfillment and joy. How can you overcome your gripping symptoms?  When depression weighs you or your child down, it is important to be optimistic and to gain more information, which is a step you’re taking now.  In gaining more knowledge, you can develop more courage to endure your challenges. These constructive actions are what can also bring you to trusted, qualified and capable behavior health professional independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC.

Your telltale warning signs may need to be properly identified, addressed, and diagnosed; then the treatment can be specifically tailored to you. Depression can interrupt your life or your child’s in numerous unhealthy ways, but stay hopeful and know that you can find happiness again. Don’t let untreated and unresolved depression define your life and future. There is no shame in being depressed and it is not your fault. You have the power to find happiness and pleasure once again. Let a caring counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC assist you. Call today to schedule your first appointment!

Child Anxiety, treatment for anxiety in children, Fayetteville, NC, Carolina Counseling Services

Child Anxiety | Spotting the Symptoms for Early

Intervention

It is common for children to experience varied kinds of fears growing up. Most of these are passing phases that they will outgrow in time. So, you should not become excessively worried when you observe some manifestations, such as fear of the dark, fear from being separated from familiar people/parents, etc. Fear can give your child an unpleasant feeling, but it is an expected, healthy response that can be useful in times of emergencies.

Fear, however, deserves particular attention when it is happening often, with intensity and even when there is no real danger.  This is because it could already be a sign of anxiety disorder. To be able to provide them prompt help, it is critical that you can spot the symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety among children is real. It does not only affect adults. Even young children can suffer from anxiety. As an emotional condition, excessive and uncontrolled fears can affect your child’s functioning, as well as their social and family dynamics, health, etc.  This highlights the importance of recognizing their symptoms, especially the unusual ones – anger, clumsiness, clinging nature., etc.

 

The Anxious Child

Does your child resist riding the school bus, going to school, or playing and socializing with other children? Do they seem to be perpetually angry, so that he/she is often getting into trouble when mingling with the other children in the playground, school or with their sisters/brothers at home? Do they tend to lose their balance and footing, stumbling or knocking down objects?

These behaviors must not be trivialized, particularly when they are exhibited with frequency. While it is natural for children to exhibit fear, your worries that they may be emotionally unwell could have a basis. There is always a possibility that they could be having difficulty because they have anxiety. If their behavior is indeed connected to this condition, then they can benefit from the early recognition of their symptoms. Receiving early treatment is beneficial, preventing their condition from getting worse.

 

Spotting the Telltale Signs

Deciding whether a telltale sign is a symptom of anxiety or not isn’t an easy thing to do for many parents. Considering that this emotional condition has many types, there are over a hundred likely indicators of anxiety in children. Most are even non-specific, so that fear isn’t enough as a basis for any anxiety disorder. This means, it can indicate many other possibilities. For one, it is a response that is even considered usual among young children. For example, fear of the dark and of sleeping alone are common among children.

In addition, there are signs and symptoms that you may not necessarily associate with anxiety, but which may be observed among anxious children. Some of these are defiance, clumsiness, and anger. When these are exhibited because they are gripped with anxiety, it could be painful to watch them as they struggle with the symptoms. It may take an experienced behavioral health professional to help them, using the appropriate techniques to assess their manifestation and diagnose their condition.

 

When to See a Therapist

Clumsiness, anger, defiance, even apprehension, fear and worrying can be typical among children. Thus, these behaviors or manifestations are usually ignored by many parents. There are times, however, when these should be taken seriously. The question is when should you take your child to a therapist? Since there are many possible symptoms, experts generally advise that anything too intense, persistent or frequent, and unjustified should be noted.

 

  • Intense symptoms. It is typical for a child to feel edgy, nervous, cry, feel agitated, even panic mildly, on their first day of school, first performance or first birthday party. It is, however, odd if they throw up, pretend to be sick, or exhibit meltdowns every single time there is school, performance or party.  

 

  • Persistent symptoms. After a life-changing experience, it could be natural for a young child to feel afraid, skeptical, traumatized, etc. If he/she is emotionally healthy, bouncing back soon after is the natural course of events. A child with anxiety, though, can be gripped by persistent symptoms long after the unfortunate event.

 

  • Uncontrollable and unjustified symptoms. Excessive fear isn’t justified when there is no acceptable reason for it. It is easy to understand why a young child refuses to be left on their own on the first day of school. It is, nonetheless, unexpected if a grade-schooler, who has been attending school longer behaves in the same way – crying uncontrollably or refusing to go to school.

 

Improving the Outcome of Child Anxiety

Child anxiety can result in many difficulties for your child. It can affect their functioning and health. It can result in them avoiding people, events and places, missing many wonderful opportunities that could make a lot of difference in their life. Several studies reveal that when anxiety is untreated, it has a 33 to 50 percent chance of continuing into their adolescence, and eventually adulthood. This is an outcome that you do not want to happen to your precious child.

There are other possible scenarios. When anxiety symptoms are becoming intense, persistent and irrational, it is time to reach out for help. With the intervention of a trustworthy, therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, you can improve the outcome of their condition. A right-fit therapist can help in the assessment of their signs and symptoms, in making a diagnosis, and in their treatment/therapy. With the right help, your child’s condition can get better, leading to a most wonderful outcome – a healthier childhood.

Do you often find yourself angry and frustrated because your child does not heed your warnings? Before losing your temper and applying sterner discipline to an anxious child, consider counseling and therapy. Discipline alone may not help. The best thing to do is to have their symptoms evaluated. Once anxiety is confirmed, the interventions can begin. Let a caring counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC work with you for the wellness of your child. Call now!

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
 
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
 
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Sliver City NC, Linden, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Pineview NC, Lumber Bridge, NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
 
 
Zip Codes: 28301, 28302, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28309, 28311, 28312, 28314

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Marriage Counseling | The Power to Create an Enduring Marriage

Marriage Counseling, Fayetteville NC

How does a friend at work fare so well despite their marital challenges? How can a sibling seem to stay calm with a happy disposition, even when you know they are having financial difficulties? Why is your neighbor’s home filled with laughter when you’re aware of struggles their family is facing?  What about your parents or other couples you know?  Is there a “formula” for an enduring marriage?

A happy marriage in a person’s life can be an important contributor to overall emotional wellbeing. A strong marital bond can help you face each day with optimism and courage. It can help you gain confidence in making both daily decisions and major ones. It can increase your reassurance because you know that when trials do arise, they are usually temporary and can be overcome.

Because conflicts are integral in many marriages, you may be wondering how yours can become happy and enduring.  Effective communication, mutual respect, and patience may be the ingredients of the “formula” and it may take some effort. You have the option to be proactive, which is addressing smaller issues before they snowball and become larger ones that can threaten your union. Marriage counseling can help you identify and address your marital concerns and resolve them.

Overcoming Challenges Through the Years

Marriages generally start out on a positive note, happy and full of hope. As challenges begin interfering with your union, somehow or at some time, the bond can become weaker. It may not be your fault altogether, or your spouse’s, because conflicts can occur in a lot of marriages.  Know that you have a choice in how you and your spouse proceed in facing marital dilemmas that may exist. Disagreements and disputes can take place in many relationships, and they can’t always be prevented.

Your tendency to focus on your spouse’s or partner’s faults, and not on your own can also create tension. By being proactive and exploring your options, differences and compatibilities need not become further conflicts or grounds for separation/divorce. The key is to fortify your relationship long before it is hampered by more concerns. If you are already having difficulties, it is productive to seek help early or not wait too long before acting on your marital issues.

“Sweeping Issues Under the Rug” Won’t Help

While marital conflicts can be common, they must not be trivialized or ignored. Avoiding conflicts by “sweeping them under the rug” can be the inclination at times, but ultimately this is unhealthy and unproductive.  Of course, it could be a first resort to avoid hurtful and destructive confrontations. Marital concerns, after all, can be emotionally draining and complicated. Being unpredictable, intense confrontations can increase and result in unnecessary pain, particularly when the children are involved. Since every issue is not worth arguing about, distinguishing important ones from those that are trivial can be very critical.

Hurting words can be flippantly hurled with the intention of releasing one’s fury or annoyance, or to get even and cause the other person as much pain. During an unhealthy conflict, a lot of things can be said that one or both may regret or feel guilty about as soon as the intense emotions ebb. Unfortunately, words can be like feathers, you can’t take them back afterwards, even if you say you’re sorry.

Unresolved issues, even when they’re merely minor irritants, can build up in time to impact various aspects of your individual, marital and family lives. They can affect your (and your spouse/partner’s) physical and emotional health, lower productivity at home and work, impact social life, etc. Unhappy couples can similarly create and fuel unwholesome family dynamics, resulting in other “collateral damages.” Such issues include parenting difficulties, sibling rivalry, increased chance of conflicts between parents and children, and adjustment issues of children during transitions.

A healthy way to address and resolve marital concerns can be to recognize the issues and talk about them. This would necessitate that you put your spouse’s feelings above yours and set aside personal feelings – pride, pain, obstinacy, anger, and bitterness –  that may stand in the way of understanding and forgiving your partner. These reasons are why being proactive and seeking professional help early are important. Otherwise, your marriage, the potential source of personal happiness and contentment, could become the contributor of your unhappiness, poor health, substance abuse, and maybe other emotional issues, such as depression or anxiety.

Toward the Healthy Resolution of Marital Issues

Marriage counseling can be productive, even for people who still feel they share a strong bond with their spouses/partners. If you would like to fortify this bond and sustain the affection you have for each other, marriage counseling can help. It is a proactive measure that can prevent the buildup of small, but growing irritants. It can productively resolve disruptive forces that may threaten the stability of your union. If marital happiness is a priority, then look to counseling as a healthy endeavor and valuable option that’s within your reach.

Talking about marital issues is not as awkward or embarrassing as it was in years past. Today, counseling is considered a positive step in the right direction and encouraged by health professionals. Accepting that not all marital dilemmas can be resolved on your own, even by the most devoted couples, there are issues that can be better addressed with a qualified professional. Some of these issues are those that result from clashing personalities, and those bred by communication problems. Marriage counseling can also help resolve conflicts by curbing unhealthy reactions that are triggered by emotional conditions.

 

Get the Right Help

Marriage counseling may not be able to save every unhappy marriage, but it can help resolve many issues long before they become major sources of marital or family distress. Tolerating offensive reactions or avoiding issues may buy your marriage some time, but this likely will not help your marriage endure. Sooner or later, you may need to address them. There is a healthy way to resolve those issues while fortifying the foundation of a happy marriage – love, trust and respect – marriage counseling with a trained counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

Marriage counseling can help you recognize the signs that indicate a troubled marriage and prevent them from snowballing. It can empower you and your spouse/partner to restore the happiness in your union, as it provides you with the right tools to help you stay calm, objective and positive when confronted with challenges. It can deepen understanding and improve communication which can foster more sensitivity and selflessness. These actions can help your marriage endure and let you enjoy life together. All these are good reasons to contact Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, now to seek help. Call today!

How can I benefit from counseling? Is It for Me?

Making the decision to see a therapist/counselor could bring you to a crossroad, not knowing whether it is the right thing to do. How can you share your emotions and thoughts to someone you don’t even know, or at least trust? You have, after all, family and friends who are willing to stand by you in this time of difficulty.

Can a behavioral health professional take the place of the people you trust? Can a stranger guard your secret better than a loved one or a trustworthy friend? How can a professional help lift the gloom, pain, fear, grief, overwhelm or grief that’s weighing you down?

You are right to think that your welfare is your loved ones’ foremost concern. In caring for you, they may do and sacrifice everything for you to be emotionally well again. It is true that their love and support are the significant elements to stay motivated in improving your emotional health. You must, however, recognize too that you need professional assistance for your symptoms/issues to be assessed, so they can be properly treated.

Trained and experienced to assess your condition or issues, and provide treatment as well, a therapist can help you achieve emotional wellness sooner than later. You can benefit from counseling because a therapist or counselor is impartial. They will assist you in a neutral and homey environment. You will have their full attention during the session, so you won’t feel that you are an encumbrance.

When you decide it is time to improve how you feel, come to Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC. An independent, contracted, right-fit therapist can assist you in sorting out your concerns and in resolving them to improve your emotional health. With CCS- North Fayetteville, you will be in good hands – here are the reasons why:

1. Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC, is now in the neighborhood. The newest office of CCS, the name that trust and experience built for over 20 years, is now ready to serve you and your neighbors. Like the other CCS offices, this new office can deliver a range of counseling services that can improve your emotional health. To avail any of these services, to make inquiries or book your first session, call us today: 910-485-6336.

2. CCS – North Fayetteville Office is conveniently located. CCS is making quality counseling services accessible. We have just opened an office in your neighborhood to make the services accessible to you and the other people in your community. Now it will be easier for you to squeeze your appointment into your busy schedule. Just “a stone’s throw away,” you don’t run the chance of missing your appointments. Together, we can work out a schedule that will work for you and the right-fit therapist – maybe when you are free on a weekend or a weeknight.

3. Your physical complaints will not be taken lightly. These complaints can be symptoms of an emotional condition. A therapist will never trivialize such complaints, knowing that the body and the brain, which is where the center for emotions are connected. When your doctor can’t find anything wrong with you, go and seek a second opinion – a therapist may find meaning in a physical complaint.

4. Counseling can make your life sunny and bright. The state of your emotions can determine how your day will go. You need to start your day with positivity to prevent wasting your time, energy, opportunities, and decisions. Call us. Let us work together to quell negativity, while bolstering your positivity.

5. CCS – North Fayetteville Office also caters to clients with insurance. Do not let the cost of counseling become a stumbling block to your quest for improved emotional health. CCS – North Fayetteville Office can help you. If you have insurance, don’t worry about referrals. If there are related concerns, call us, so we can assist you.

6. Finding a right-match therapist is a CCS goal. Finding the right therapist for you is as much your concern as it is ours. Because it is critical in determining the kind of help you need and in resolving your issues, we will do our best to match you with the right therapist. Meet our therapists on the CCS – Fayetteville North Office

7. The “secrets” you trust us with are well guarded. We value your trust. It is something that we worked hard to gain and keep. We also respect your privacy and your right to keep your records confidential. This is apparent, even outside the office – there is no mark or signage to indicate the services we offer. Our strong sense of respect for confidentiality is reflected in the way we enshrine and lawfully abide by the laws of HIPAA and the state.

Counseling is for you, just as it is for anyone who desires to improve their emotional health. It is a valuable form of professional assistance that works, whether you or a loved one is having emotional issues or grave emotional conditions – depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc.

There is hope, despite the overwhelming symptoms and challenges. Discover that hope – reach out to a caring counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. Call today!

Understanding Anxiety Facts | Toward a Better Life

Counseling for anxiety, Fayetteville NC, north fayetteville office, Carolina Counseling Services

Feeling anxious can be common, just as emotions like grief, pleasure, happiness, and love. It is a productive biological mechanism that functions in alerting and preparing your body to respond during emergencies. It is not something you should become overly excited or worried about, not unless the “fight or flight” system becomes characterized by excessive intensity, frequency, and without a justifiable reason. If this is the case, it isn’t the “everyday” type of anxiety anymore – it is already considered a condition.

Anxiety disorder isn’t a minor concern. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 40 million adults in the United States have anxiety. It is estimated that millions more out there continue to be in pain because they remain undiagnosed and untreated, even when the condition is treatable. This means that a significant number of Americans are challenged by anxiety on a day to day basis. Though it can be useful during dangerous situations, it can also pose harm to your health when the attacks become frequent and unrestrained.

Considering what happens during a fight or flight response (clammy palms, racing heart, jittery mind, tightness in the chest, etc.), it is important to seek help before anxiety disrupts your health, relationships, functioning and life. The good news is that you don’t have to succumb to its frightening symptoms. It is, after all, treatable.

Anxiety Basics

What is anxiety? It is, in its simplest definition, a response that puts your body in a state of alert. It is activated by fear and it triggers the “fight or flight” response system. This internal response mechanism is useful during emergencies, as it increases your ability to respond to risks or dangers.

Part of the equation is the release of adrenaline. During the “adrenaline rush,” the body is put into alert status with hormones accelerating the heartbeat and increasing the blood flow that intensifies the delivery of oxygen into the muscles and organs. This explains why your hands become sweaty, you feel flushed, and why you start breathing harder.

This internal response mechanism is a healthy and useful reaction, but only when there is a real danger. If this happens with frequency, for one biological or emotional reason or another, such as anxiety, it can also pose dangers to your health. When your fight or flight response is “off” and you can’t seem to allay it, it can affect your mind and body.

Aside from increasing your vulnerability to other emotional conditions, it can also lead to the weakening of your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to certain medical issues. With the loss of functioning and regulation of your actions, you may also put in jeopardy your relationships and career or job.

The Science Behind Anxiety

The source of fear can be unreal or imagined, but your fear is not. The emotion is generated right there in your brain; specifically involved are the amygdala and the hippocampus. These areas of the brain are stimulated as a reaction to increased levels of certain brain chemicals or hormones. These hormones are generally secreted when your body is placed on an “alert status,” enabling your body to respond with speed and haste.

The amygdala is responsible for processing and interpreting received sensory signals. It also functions in alerting the brain about present risks or dangers. This part of the brain is thought to store memories that may give rise to future fears.

The hippocampus, on the other hand, translates distressing experiences or events in life into unforgettable memories. This is the reason why snapping out of anxiety or curbing it is almost impossible without proper intervention.

Suppressing Anxiety: Why Is It Unrealistic?

Feeling anxious is expected, just as getting hungry and sleeping. It is a functional mechanism that your body needs to be able to react to emergencies. It only becomes a danger to the body that it’s supposed to protect when your brain cannot distinguish what is a real danger and what is not. It works to your advantage when you are faced with risks.

Suppressing anxiety can be extremely difficult without the help of a behavioral health professional because of “thought suppression.” According to the Calm Clinic, it is “… a phenomenon of the mind that states that when you try to avoid having a thought, you actually have the thought more often than if you never bothered trying to avoid it at all.”

Anxiety is also self-sustaining. This happens because the condition can prevent you from seeking help, from embracing therapy, and/or doing things that will help you recover from it.

Seeing a Professional Works

Though anxiety is a useful, biological process, do not allow it “go overboard.” When anxiety becomes intense, persistent and irrepressible, its healthy functioning and natural purpose is compromised. This can happen because of certain triggers, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain, a genetic predisposition, or even a painful memory can trigger it and tip off your balance, resulting in an anxiety disorder.

When your “fight or flight” response system isn’t working in the proper way, seek professional help. It isn’t something you can stop on your own. Anxiety entails a complicated brain-body response system along with thought suppression, especially negative ones. Everyday life can become a Herculean task for people gripped with this condition. This is why you may need professional help immediately. You can find a good, trustworthy therapist  independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

Remember, anxiety is treatable. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders… are treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care.”  Thus, there is no reason to be hindered by its painful symptoms any longer. Owing to its self-sustaining nature, seeing a therapist may not seem easy at first. This is the reason why it’s important to talk to someone that you can trust. There is a counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC who may be just the right fit for you. Call today to schedule your first appointment!

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Anxiety Counseling | Experiencing Life Without Excessive Fear

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Who doesn’t get jittery when anticipating something scary or an event that would make such a great impact on your life? Feeling scared and worrying are normal reactions that many people feel under various situations. It is biologically driven by a response system called “fight or flight system” that is intended to handle emergencies. When feeling anxious happens too often, with intensity and without a reasonable explanation, though, you must not ignore it. It could be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.

Though the normal reaction comes with biological importance, it can be tiring for your body to be constantly on this “alarm” mode.  Triggered by the sudden gushing of adrenaline, your heart responds to it by beating faster to move more blood into your muscles and glands. It is a useful response during emergencies, allowing your body to react to a situation instantaneously. It is, however, also bad for your health.

While occasional worries are normal, extreme worrying and fears are not. Not only is an anxiety disorder unhealthy. It can also disrupt the various aspects of your life – health, relationships, work/studies, etc. – or that of a loved one. Despite the potential harm it can do, you need not unduly suffer from its symptoms. With counseling/therapy, its symptoms and effects on your life can be mitigated.

What You Need to Know About Anxiety

 

  • Anxiety is the most common emotional condition. In the United States, it grips about 18 percent of the population, or over 40 million people. It affects children, teenagers, adults, and the older adults. Studies reveal that women have higher risks compared to men and adults will most likely seek professional help more than younger or older people. A person gripped with anxiety may also suffer from complications brought on by substance abuse and other emotional issues, such as depression, complicated grief and emotional overwhelm.

 

  • Jitters, apprehensions, worries, and fears are common responses. The biological system that is responsible for these reactions allow your body to launch the “fight and flight” response. The hormones involved in this response are meant to put your body and mind into an alert mode to prepare your body against threats and dangers. Hence, feeling anxious is of value to your health or possibly survival. The reaction becomes an issue when you have an over-active “fight or flight response” system, which means it stays “on,” even when there is no real threat.

 

  • Anxiety can’t just be turned off. It isn’t easy to turn off the response because the “switch” involves your biological system – the brain, neurotransmitters, and hormones – which are meant to protect you when there is danger present. When there is too much adrenaline in your system, your body is forced to use it, even when there’s no need for the reaction. It can also be virtually impossible to overcome anxiety without proper treatment because it has a self-sustaining nature, meaning your thoughts dictate your actions and how your body responds.

 

  • It isn’t always possible to prevent anxiety. There are several possible factors that may trigger or contribute to the condition. Some reasons for feeling anxious are simply beyond your control – genetic predisposition, brain chemistry and medical conditions. Some of the negative experiences can be “endured,” yet others not so easily, such as traumatic episodes in your life, extreme poverty or exposure to harsh living/environmental conditions, substance abuse, etc. Thus, pinpointing the root of anxiety requires expert assessment.

 

  • The various types of anxiety have different presentations. The more common types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social phobia. They can be distinguished based on their presentations. GAD is the most common type and the symptoms include agitations and irritability, difficulty sleeping and focusing, tensed muscles, and feeling tired too often. Panic attack and phobia have more intense and overwhelming symptoms, such as extreme and illogical fear. The other types are obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). OCD involves having compelling thoughts and doing things repetitively to seek calmness while PTSD is usually triggered by a memory of a traumatic event.

 

  • The warning signs that say, “Seek help ASAP.” There are certain alarming signs that must not be taken lightly. Pay attention when your relationships with your family, friends, neighbors and fellow workers are already being detrimentally affected. Seek help when your ability to focus has dramatically deteriorated, so that the quality of your work has declined.  Seek help without haste when it is already taking a serious toll on your physical and emotional health.  If you don’t find pleasure in life anymore and you are turning to alcohol or drugs to feel better, it may be time to get help.

 

  • Improve the outcome with the right professional intervention. The signs and symptoms of this emotional condition can be improved with the right interventions. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America “Anxiety disorders… are treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care.” You are unique and so are your needs. A case can be complicated by an array of factors – traumatic past, a co-existing medical or emotional condition, substance abuse, etc. To improve he outcome of your condition, you need a treatment that’s tailored to you. The right behavioral health professional has several treatment options to offer.

Curbing Real but Illogical Fears  

Anxiety can impact your life in many ways. When your “fight or flight” response is in an over-active state, you may know that your fears are unnecessary, yet you still feel anxious because your fear/anxiety seems real.  Know that there is hope nearby. If your anxiety is interfering with how you live your life or causing strain to your health, let the assistance of an experienced therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling ServicesNorth Fayetteville Office- Fayetteville, NC help you start living a life free from the grip of anxiety.

Anxiety can be overwhelming, but realizing you may need help is the first positive step. There is something good to know about anxiety, and that is the symptoms can be improved with treatment.  Don’t fall into the trap that you can “snap out of it” or that it is something you can stop with will power. Anxiety, like other emotional conditions, does not happen because you are “weak willed”. Though the reasons why you may be a sufferer are not very clear, one thing is certain – you can escape the tight grip of unfounded fears with the help of a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.  Call today to schedule your first appointment!

Family Counseling | Resolving Conflicts with Effective Communication

 

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Essentially, a person’s first social connections happen within their own family. Though families can possess qualities of unconditional love, being in harmony with each other isn’t always easy. In many families, communication issues can get in the way of being in accord with one another.

Conflicts can become more difficult resulting in more rifts, causing family members to drift further apart from each other. When this happens, members can become confused, lose sight of their goals in life, and lose their overall “foundation”. Distress, disappointment, hurt, fears, guilt, etc. can be too much to carry. They can affect the whole family, even when the conflict only involves a few members, creating unhealthy dynamics and harming the relationships.

Communication is an important ingredient in a family, just as love, trust and respect. If these communication issues go on, they can become bigger concerns and conflicts. With a gap created by this lack of or poor communication, a family can become dysfunctional. Family therapy can be a strategic way to improve your family’s communication and resilience. Doing so may be the best thing you can do to create harmony now and in the future.

Defining Good Family Communication

A distinctive feature of dysfunctional families is the presence of an ineffective communication pattern that’s virtually nonexistent and strained. They seldom have meaningful conversations and if they do, they can result in shouting, anger, disappointment, or hurt feelings. While conflicts occasionally happen in many happy families, they are generally not as frequent, relentless and intense. Ineffective communication in a household can spur or allow arguments to easily arise, even when the issues are somewhat minor or routine.

Unfortunately, good or effective communication is something many families may need to work on. It can be improved when most of the members are willing to invest in understanding the importance of good communication. Conversely, efforts to improve it can also be challenged when a member or some members are saddled by emotional conditions and issues, such as anxiety, depression, complicated grief, overwhelm, etc.

Despite the challenges, a family can continue to improve by fostering effective communication. This has many advantages. It can create a positive environment for everyone, especially the younger family members. If families do go through a hurtful experience, the pain and challenges can be faced easier by knowing you have each other’s back.

How’s Your Family Communication?

 The importance of effective and meaningful family communication cannot be underrated. Just as it can bring about many admirable qualities and processes in a household, ineffective conversations and interactions can result in conflicts, misunderstanding, and arguments. Unfortunately, and despite the best intentions, gestures and words may still carry messages that can be wrongly interpreted. Being too familiar with loved ones, it can be easy for everyone to let their defenses down, and be less conscious of their behavior and utterances.

Families can lose good, effective communication. This is because when bound by love, members can have the tendency to take things for granted. However, communication is something that everyone must work on. Without being proactive in your efforts, you may delay seeking help early, when it is needed. Without assessing the dynamics between and among the members, you may not know if the relationships have already deteriorated. Without making a conscious effort to notice the deteriorating quality of the interactions, good communication can easily be taken over by ineffective communication.

Damaging, ineffective communication can take many forms. It can be confrontational, angry and highly charged with energy, involving screaming, name calling, swearing, and using insulting words. It can be done without talking too; the old “silent treatment.”  Ignoring one another or avoiding family celebrations. Despite the negative communication patterns that exists in your family, it can be generally described as offensive, destructive and unwholesome. As a result, families may suffer from distress with their poor or delayed decision-making and growing detachment.

How Family Counseling Can Help

Family counseling, also called family therapy, can do wonders in improving the communication level of a family, as it empowers members and builds and fortifies its foundation. The Mayo Clinic, defines it as “… a type of psychological counseling… that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.” It can improve the quality of the conversations and interactions, in actions and words, unravelling meanings with more clarity, minimizing misunderstanding in the process. It can help everyone in raising their level of consciousness or awareness with what they do or say.

Family counseling can similarly help your family improve the quality of your interactions, so that sharing your burdens becomes possible. It can strengthen your ties to make your unit the first and most reliable source of love, support and appreciation. It can also help your family during trying times. With family therapy, family members not only survive a traumatic event, but come out of it stronger and more unified. Thus, it can help your family lessen the burdens and foster comfort, lightness and confidence in the home.

Though a family can be the source of love, appreciation, and support during trying times, there can also be emotional baggage and complicated issues. When a member is gripped with severe symptoms of emotional conditions/issues (depression, anxiety, ADHD, or adjustment and behavioral disorder, etc.), they can exact a heavy toll on the various aspects of everyone’s life. Without talking and without family therapy, the members can easily misinterpret words and gestures, so that roles are not effectively performed. Overwhelmed, confused and not knowing how to express feelings, the members may end up hurting one another.

Being Proactive to Help Your Family

It is not unusual for your family members to have clashing opinions from time to time. Many families can become embroiled in deep issues that can weaken and threaten positive interaction with each other. These conflicts, however, can intensify and begin to interfere with enjoying a happy life in the home. When this happens, you have the option to seek the right kind of help to resolve your conflicts before they start breaking your family apart. It may be time to work with a trained family therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

By being proactive and enacting appropriate steps like family therapy, you can help your family transform the challenges into opportunities to nurture and strengthen your bonds. This is how your family life can improve and become what you want it to be – a refuge for all of you and a source of strength, love, appreciation, and support. The proactive strategy that your family can embrace is family therapy that you can find nearby from an independent therapist contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.  Call now!

Spotting Child Depression: Timely Recognition of Signs Matters

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Lately, your child has exhibited worrisome behaviors – aloof and avoiding people, crying at the slightest provocation, refusing to eat and play, and not sleeping well. If these continue, your child’s physical health can be affected, and his/her day-to-day activities and tasks can be disrupted. Ignoring what could be possibly indicate child depression is a mistake. If you want to free your child from the grip of depression, recognizing its symptoms is critical. This can pave the way to early treatment.

Depression does not only affect adolescents and adults. It can trouble even young children. Pediatric depression is distressing, but with child counseling there’s hope.

 

Science Says

The world once thought that depression can affect almost everyone, except for the very young. According to WebMD’s child and adolescent psychologist, child depression was a farfetched idea until a few decades back. This is due to research and statistics which have shown a different picture.

One such research was conducted by Luby, et al. (2009). It showed that it can affect children as young as toddlers or preschool age. Margarita Tartakovsky, associate editor of Psyche Central, agrees, saying that “kids as young as 3 years old can have depression” in a post entitled, “What Parents Need to Know about Childhood Depression.”

Clinical psychologist Deborah Serani, PsyD., says that even babies can have pediatric depression. This was confirmed by New York University’s Child Study Center’s Jess Shatkin, MD. He even said that that “Babies can be depressed and that one in 40 infants experience baby blues.”

 

Child Depression Facts

  1. The prevalence of pediatric depression is high. Statistics of pediatric depression from varied sources state different figures, but they state the same idea. Not only is depression real, it also affects a significant number of children. According to the American Family Physician, the condition affects about 1 percent of American toddlers and 2 percent of grade school children. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) says that depression affects more; it is estimated at 1 in every 20 children, including teenagers.

 

  1. The signs and symptoms are difficult to recognize. If you believe that children can’t have depression, then it can’t be on your radar. This means that even when your little one exhibits all the classic or red flag and signs symptoms, there is a big chance that you may miss them. In addition, the manifestations of pediatric depression can be different from those commonly observed among adults. A depressed child will most likely express their confusion or misunderstood emotions in unusual ways, such as anger, avoidance of people, tantrums, and other unusual symptoms.

 

  1. The signs and symptoms can be camouflaged by other conditions. Depression can result in your precious child being vulnerable to anxiety, learning disorders, and ADHD, not to mention various medical conditions. When any of these conditions co-exist with depression, the symptoms can overlap, which can cause the detection of the mostly non-specific symptoms more challenging. For example, irritability and anger may indicate a host of emotional conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, etc. This is why your depressed child’s symptoms need to be assessed by a qualified behavioral health professional.

 

  1. Sadness may or may not be exhibited. Depression literally means “sadness.” It is considered the hallmark symptom and the most recognizable of the condition. Does this mean that if your child is still his/her jolly self, he/she isn’t depressed? Not quite. Some children may not show sadness, even when they are gripped by depression. Their thoughts can be dominated with negative thoughts, they may be confused. It is their confusion or inability to understand what they are feeling that may drive them to misbehave, be irritable, angry, and disobedient. They may also socially withdraw, staying in their room a lot.

 

  1. Your child is predisposed if depression is “in the blood.” If depression runs in the family, your child has a higher risk for it. David Fassler, M.D., a child and teen depression expert from the University of Vermont, says that a child with one depressed parent has a 25 percent predisposition. The risk goes higher to 75 percent when both parents have the gene in their bloodlines. When the depression gene is in your blood, however, know that there is hope. The genetic expression can still be altered by various factors, such as the environment, the child’s personality, life events and experiences.

 

  1. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important. Pediatric depression can impair a child’s brain development, mainly the hippocampus, if it goes untreated. This part of the brain which functions as a regulator of emotions, can shrink or undergo atrophy, leading to their increased difficulty in regulating their emotional responses. A child has a better chance of becoming healthier if he/she is diagnosed and treated when younger. This means that the outlook of the condition can be improved with early diagnosis and interventions.

 

The Right Help Matters

It can be distressing for any parent to watch and care for a child who is struggling with the symptoms of pediatric depression. Considering the various possibilities, which may not have a positive outlook, as a parent you would want the condition to be diagnosed early – the sooner, the better. By paying attention to your child’s unusual behaviors and responses, you might be able to notice what you need to – the symptoms that need to be assessed by a qualified professional. This allows for the early spotting of the symptoms which, again, is critical.

Aside from recognizing the depressive symptoms early, it is equally important that you find the right help. If you are eager to provide your child prompt help, you need not go far – Carolina Counseling Services, a trusted name in counseling services in the state, has opened a new office – Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

A right fit counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC is here to help your child resolve their depression issues. Call CCS- North Fayetteville Office now to meet the right therapist for your child.

Understanding the Emotional Baggage Called Depression

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Advances in medical sciences have curbed the prevalence of many diseases, but not many emotional conditions. Depression continues to spiral at an alarming rate. It is a leading condition, along with anxiety. According to a 2014 NIMH Report “… an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older…  had at least one major depressive episode” in America, representing nearly 6.7 percent of the adult population. Based on mathematical interpolations, it is also estimated that “… it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020…”

To curb the condition, it is important that it is well understood by everyone – from the medical community to the government to the public. What is critical to win over depression starts with knowledge and understanding. Some of the features that the National Institute of Mental Health identifies as relevant to understand are:

 

  • Depression is a real illness.
  • Depression affects people in different ways.
  • Depression is treatable.
  • If you have depression, you are not alone.

 

“Depression is a real illness.”

Depression isn’t just a feeling of sadness; it is much more. It is a real disorder that can bring about, not only unhappiness, but also hopelessness, helplessness, lethargy, and so much more. It can ruin your enjoyment for life, relationships, health, and everything you care about, including a satisfying future. It has other symptoms that can impact your functioning.

How do you know if you are depressed? The National Institute of Mental Health says that “if you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may have depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

The source of depression isn’t clear. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “the disorder is a complicated combination of different social, cognitive and biological factors.” Many studies support the idea that it can be triggered by an upsetting life event, a genetic predisposition, or an introverted personality. It doesn’t happen, however, because you are flawed or weak.

“Depression affects people in different ways.”

The depressive symptoms vary. The manifestations can be influenced by a lot of factors, such as age, gender, experiences, personalities, etc. This is the reason your manifestations can be different from the depressed people you know. Hence, it isn’t required that you manifest all the unwanted symptoms to be diagnosed with depression.

For instance, depressed children may manifest symptoms that are uncommon for an adult. Confused and unable to express their thoughts, they may show their sadness in anger, tantrums, and/or misbehavior. Teens who are going through a lot of physical and social changes can exhibit depressive symptoms that are often thought of as typical adolescent behavior – moody, defiant, rebellious, etc. Their depression can be complicated by poor self-esteem and self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Adult men and women also generally manifest dissimilar symptoms says the NIMH. While women may show “sadness, worthlessness, and guilt,” men are “more likely to be very tired, irritable, lose interest in once-pleasurable activities, and have difficulty sleeping.” Also, older adults are at high risk of depression, particularly those who are living alone or have chronic medical conditions. The illness is often undiagnosed in this demographic group because sadness is often misconstrued as a sign of mellowing.

“Depression is treatable.”

The depressive symptoms are terrible, but they aren’t something that you need to contend with for a long time. Do not live in sadness because the condition can be treated, even the more severe forms. It may take a while for you to bounce back from it, but there is a way out of it – professional help. Remember, it takes courage to reach out and seek help from a qualified therapist.

Because depression is an emotional condition, snapping out if it isn’t likely, even when you have a good support system, or you have a strong will. Depression is a good reason to see a therapist.  Like a physical ailment, it needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a qualified professional. There is no quick fix to start feeling good, but with therapy, you can feel better in due time, provided you are being assisted by the “right-fit” therapist.

If you experienced an episode when you were a child or a teenager, or you have a child now who is showing the symptoms, it is best to seek help early. Treatment works best when it is received early. For the predisposed seniors, acting promptly can improve the outlook of the condition, giving them the chance to have a fulfilling later life.

“If you have depression, you are not alone.”

Depression should not be the end of your dreams and joy for life because it is treatable, and help is available. In North Carolina, help from a right-fit therapist isn’t difficult to find. All you have to do is contact Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, and be matched with the right independently contracted counselor/therapist for you.

The independently contracted counselors at CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC will make sure that you will not be alone in your recovery from depression. When feeling alone and sad, it won’t help to isolate yourself from people, especially from a therapist who can help you feel better. In one session your hopes can be lifted, a prerequisite to rebound from depression. Call Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC to schedule your first appointment!