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Getting Professional Help When Sadness Develops into Depression


Getting Professional Help When Sadness Develops into Depression


Everyone can feel sad from time to time. Like other emotions such as happiness, shame or boredom, sadness can also be a fleeting feeling that may pass quickly. However, if you are hanging on to sadness for an extended period of time or ruminating longer than necessary, these feelings of unhappiness can begin to become symptoms of depression.


Recognizing the Differences Between Depression and Occasional Sadness

Sadness can be a normal, human emotion that everyone experiences once in a while. It can involve a lot of weight and can be triggered by an unwelcome and potentially intense real life event. Feeling sad or “blue” may persist for several days, though it is a state that is bound to end as sadness generally does not remain constant when it is simply occasional sadness.

By contrast, depression is notorious for its staying power and ability to interfere with activities of daily living. Depression is characterized by the presence of extreme sadness or despair that continues for at least two weeks or longer. It is accompanied by feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, hurt and guilt. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression may find yourself becoming overwhelmed, exhausted, and/or suffering from poor concentration and loss of interest in things that you used to enjoy.

Symptoms of depression far exceed occasional sadness in frequency and intensity. It can be extremely important to have an understanding of the differences in order to become more aware of your experience. While sadness may pass, depression does not generally resolve itself without professional intervention.


Maybe you’re not Just Sad

Experiencing a significant transition or major life event such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job is something that would likely result in feelings of sadness. It can be understandable to feel sad and to entertain negative thoughts about certain circumstances which you have little or no control over.

If you find yourself feeling constantly angry, restless, and/or withdrawing from family and friends, you may be experiencing more than just occasional sadness. You may find that your somber mood can’t be budged by even the funniest comedian, and your constant chronic pain is far more serious than just being sad. In reality, you may not just be sad, you may be experiencing depression.


Confronting Depression with Courage

Considering depression as merely being “sad” can minimizes the severity of an illness that affects millions of people. Getting help is not a sign of weakness, in fact seeking treatment can be an indication of your courage to fight back. Thankfully, depression is highly treatable, especially when you opt to seek competent and quality care from a professional.

Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC can help. Licensed, independently contracted counselors in Fuquay-Varina are well-trained and well-experienced in diagnosing and providing treatment catered to your own unique needs. Making a call to CCS to request an appointment may put an end to your symptoms of depression and allow you to begin living life the way you deserve to be living.


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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

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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

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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