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Emotional Overwhelm: Don’t Underestimate It


Emotional Overwhelm: Don’t Underestimate It


Extreme sadness, constant anger, fear, extreme anxiety, depression, outbursts, burnout and even physical pains – these are just a few of the possible problems you’ll be faced with if you will continue to ignore your “emotional overwhelm”. It can blunt your ability to act and think clearly – qualities required to perform work in a functional manner. “Overwhelm” can be caused by your inability to manage life stresses or by having too many things going on all at once. If you are under any of these situations, you may benefit from a therapist to help you process everything that’s going on with you.


People are Not Made the Same Way

The causes of the emotional overwhelm and one’s ability to manage stress varies from individual to individual. The way you react to stressors depends on your threshold level and abilities to manage stress. For instance, an argument with a close pal might be a small stressor for you, but it can be a major life-altering event to an introvert who has very few friends.

Your personal circumstances – kinds of friends and family, interests and hobbies, and nature of job, among others – may also contribute to stress or protect you from it. This is why there are people who are resilient and who easily bounce back after a major traumatic episode in their lives, and there are others who don’t.


The Emotional Overwhelm Candidate

Are you wondering if you are among those people who are likely to be overpowered by stressful life events? Are you the type who becomes excessively worried about scenarios that might still happen? Do you get anxious even when there are really no valid reasons?

Worrying and having anxieties do not necessarily make you a “nervous wreck.” If you, however, find yourself unduly getting overpowered by these feelings often to the effect that you become dysfunctional, you may have the tendency for or already suffering from it. The important thing is to observe if you manifest usual symptoms of emotional overwhelm such as:

  • extreme melancholy
  • stress over things that are not stressful
  • incapability to understand your own thoughts from reality
  • excessive worry and fear
  • depression
  • constant resentment and anger


Advanced Emotional Overwhelm Scenario

Your emotions could be like a roller coaster ride that is full of highs and lows. It is under control if you are not manifesting any of those extreme signs and symptoms. If you are exhibiting them, then you may need help. Do not ignore them because sooner or later, as the emotions grow even more overwhelming, you might just lose your “grip” over many aspects of your life – work or career, relationships, social status, and other things you care about.

Some of the possible things that may happen if you let these overpowering feeling control you are:

  • deteriorated physical health
  • delusional belief or paranoia
  • hysteria or panic
  • severe stress and anxiety leading to seizures in epileptic patients
  • burnout and helplessness


Get Help: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Often emotional overwhelm is pushed aside; you don’t want to do that. Once you can see those signs and symptoms taking control of you, seek help from Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. We can tailor a treatment plan for you including, but not limited to cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). Our program can help you understand and monitor your feelings and to decipher what is a real problem and what is not. We will help you learn control strategies – physical, cognitive and behavioral – to better manage your manifestations.

Call now! We look forward to working with you!


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Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Southern Pines, NC
780 NW Broad St. Suite 210
Southern Pines, NC 28387

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 585-6745 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
  • Click here and use our Contact Form (You must include your phone number, because replies will only be made by telephone to ensure security/privacy)
  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • 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!

Choose your Therapist

  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare,  Tricare Prime/Select and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Tracy Goldberg, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families. Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem Issues, Family Conflict/Divorce, Marriage Counseling, Adjustment Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Parent Skill Building, Christian Counseling upon request
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC