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Lifting the Gloom that Seasonal Affective Disorder Brings


Lifting the Gloom that Seasonal Affective Disorder Brings


For most people, the changing of the seasons ushers fresh hopes and opportunities, each being unique and beautiful. For people with SAD or “seasonal affective disorder,” autumn and winter spells gloom. You may not believe it, but there are about half a million people in the United States who feel that way about the nippy autumn and winter.

If the depressive symptoms have made it extremely difficult for you to go through your daily life, it is time to take action. SAD is treatable; you can get over the symptoms of winter SAD or “cabin fever” if you’ll seek professional help.


Understanding SAD

SAD is a kind of mood disorder or a subtype of clinical depression that comes and goes with the seasons. The common type, which is the autumn-winter SAD, comes as the temperature drops and the darkness sets earlier giving way to the longer nights.

While it is natural to feel gloomy or sleep longer during the cold months, the seasonal change should not drastically make you overly distressed or your energy/mood levels drop unreasonably. When the depressive symptoms are making it difficult for you to live your normal day-to-day life, it can be SAD.


The Signs and Symptoms of SAD

Because it is a one subtype of major depression, the signs and symptoms are almost similar to it. Yet, it also has some signs and symptoms that are distinctly SAD, such as the tendency to sleep for long hours, which can be a response to the feeling of heaviness in your arms and legs and the extended night hours.

Despite oversleeping, you may have low energy and feel tired for the most part of the day, every single day during winter. Consequently, you may feel irritable, have difficulty getting along with others and become overly sensitive to people’s words. You may also exhibit weight changes as you seek comfort in food/eating or avoid them.


Don’t Wait For the Seasons to Change

Most people are affected by the weather and by the changes in seasons. When the impact of seasonal change, (particularly during late autumn to winter or sometimes during summer) however, is excessive, seek professional assistance. If there is one thing that can help lift the gloom that hangs over your head like the proverbial axe, it is Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC.

SAD is treatable, especially the mild cases. About 50 to 80 percent of the cases can go through complete remissions with the right therapy. Don’t wait for the season to change. As the last autumn leaf falls to the ground and the first snow flake drops, embrace your new lifestyle options with zest. Call Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC to get back in track with the help of one of the independently contracted therapists.


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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

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  • Call: (910) 624-6973 (Fastest way to schedule)
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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