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The Help That Matters When Winter Makes You SAD


The Help That Matters When Winter Makes You SAD

Winter may not be the best year in your calendar, but it can’t be the worst either. For a lot of people, winter signifies fun and happy days, especially if they like winter sports or wearing scarves and winter fashion. It can be stressful with the holidays, but it is still fun.

If the weather has an opposite effect, you can soon get over it with so much to look forward to. If the “blues” seem to take the better of your day in and day out throughout the season, however, and it seems to be that way every year, it could be SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or “cabin fever.”

What is There to Know About SAD

Seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder that seems to be associated with the seasonal changes in the amount of sunlight. Its effects can’t be underestimated as it can make you feel miserable several months a year.

As a subtype of major depression, it has signs and symptoms that can make your days and nights unduly miserable. All you may want to do is sleep, yet you will feel the sapping of your energy and enthusiasm. Feeling weak, unenthusiastic and irritable, you are likely to dread interacting with people or doing things that you once love. You may avoid food or seek solace in it, causing you to gain or lose weight.

Understanding the Cause if SAD

Though the exact cause remains unclear, SAD is thought to be a human response to the seasonal light variation. Just as other animals respond to wintry light by hibernation or becoming inactive, the human circadian rhythm or biological clock may also be shifting as a response to the seasonal change. This could be the reason why melatonin, a sleep hormone, is being produced in higher quantities and serotonin, a mood hormone, is produced less – to induce inactivity or hibernation.

But being a social animal, you can’t stop your life, work and activities because it is winter. You would want to live your usual life to meet obligations and fulfill commitments. If SAD is making this impossible, you have to acknowledge you need help to overcome the

depressive symptoms.

Get the Symptoms Under Control with Help

If SAD symptoms are making a comeback. just like the winter year after year, you have to face the truth that it can make your life difficult several months each year. Since that won’t be acceptable, brace up yourself and take the first step to get those SAD symptoms under control – call Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC.

SAD is treatable. With help from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, there is a good 50 to 80 percent chance of overcoming the “blues” come winter, maybe even enjoy the weather and the holidays.

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Confidential / Private Sessions

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 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) 246-0827 (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, NCHC and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families, PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, family, couples and marriage counseling
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare,Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    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, NCHC, Medicare Tricare 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, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC