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Bringing Back the Enjoyment Stolen by Depression


Bringing Back the Enjoyment Stolen by Depression


Major depressive disorder (MDD) has a number of negative symptoms, however, anhedonia can be among its most dreaded core clinical features.

Anhedonia is the loss of the ability to feel pleasure from a usually pleasurable experience, such as; social relationships, hobbies, work, food and even sex. When the passion that drives you to do things and interact with people is gone, you may feel as if you are left with nothing, all work without fun. Without enjoyment, you may lose the motivation to hang out with family or people from work or school leading you to possibly feel as if you are unable to enjoy life in general.


Depression: The Blues That Drives Away Pleasure

Depression is a rather common diagnosis. A major depressive episode may indicate a mood disorder such as; major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, persistent depressive disorder, etc. What causes a person to develop a major episode of depression is not very well understood. Often times a diagnosis is based on an individual’s own accounts of signs and symptoms such as hopelessness, lethargy, sadness, despair, changed patterns of sleep and eating, and anhedonia, lack of enjoyment.


Life without Pleasure

Losing interest in nearly every aspect of life can be very serious. Think about losing life’s simplest pleasures derived from the most basic things, such as eating, sleeping, spending time with your child or family, and doing hobbies close to your heart. Without rewarding feelings there may be little motivation to keep you eager and happily functioning on a day-to-day basis. Everything may feel like work or a chore. Without pleasure, fun or satisfaction, life can appear dreary and may even begin to feel meaningless.


Beating Anhedonia

Feeling pleasure can be crucial. It is often the energy that motivates you to go beyond your limits – start your day early, stay up late or succeed. It is that passion that can make you feel fulfilled after doing things, no matter how mundane or complicated they may seem to others. To beat anhedonia, you may need to win over depression first. Depression is a psychological condition that can require proper diagnosis and treatment by a professional in order to recover.


Bring Back Pleasure

Don’t wait for pleasure to be completely gone before seeking help. Know the signs and symptoms of depression; if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms you may wish to seek professional help. Call Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC. Independently contracted therapists are available and trained to administer an evaluation of your symptoms in order to provide the most appropriate treatment to meet your unique needs. Free yourself from depression, it is not too late to beat anhedonia. Call CCS today to schedule your first appointment.


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Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 624-6973 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
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  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC