Carolina Counseling Services - Overcoming the Symptoms of Depression and Struggle for Caregivers
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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!
- Some Therapists schedule appointments Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Saturdays (if requested)
- Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!
Overcoming the Symptoms of Depression and Struggle for Caregivers
Statistics show that almost 21 million Americans are affected by depression at any given time. As a caregiver, you may stand at greater risk for depression than other people. This increased risk may be due to your caregiving journey involving sacrifice of your own physical and emotional needs for the welfare of the person under your care. You may feel that you are experiencing a roller coaster of emotions ranging from feelings of being appreciated and satisfaction to anger, frustration and/or being overwhelmed. The process of providing care can exact a heavy toll on you physically, psychologically and emotionally. Your caregiving responsibilities may not only bring about detrimental health changes, but may result in feelings that may not always be so positive.
The Need for Caregivers to Care for Themselves
A caregiver’s job is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. Oftentimes, it involves caring for or providing assistance to a person who is a loved one. Caretaking may require an enormous amount of love, understanding and patience. Caring for someone can also be fraught with stress and may feel emotional taxing. Caregivers tend to do the daily essentials from cooking, bathing to administration of medicine and bringing the patient to and from the hospital. Other tasks may even require round-the-clock nursing and attention, leaving little time for caregivers to rest and take care of themselves.
All these tasks may leave you feeling worn out or even depressed. Unfortunately, as caregiver, you can be expected to project strength and invincibility to carry out your tasks. You may even consider feelings of depression as sign of weakness instead of red flags for emotional overwhelm. With someone depending on you, you may simply ignore or deny your own feelings in the hope that you will eventually snap out of it. Unknown to you, this may put you at risk for serious health conditions like cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. Like those that are depending on you, you also need help when the symptoms of depression won’t go away.
The Symptoms to Watch Out For
To beat depression, you must first recognize the symptoms that may be chronic or persistent such as:
- Significant loss of appetite or significant increase in appetite
- Significant loss of weight or significant unexplained weight gain
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Unexplained sadness or unhappiness
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Lack of concentration or clear focus
- Sleep Disturbance
- Feelings of guilt or lack of self-worth
- Thoughts of self-harm
Beating Caregiver Depression
Just because you’re a caregiver does not mean you can’t ask for help when your health is at stake. Asking for help from family, friends, and neighbors to relieve you from caregiving duties may be beneficial so that you can pay attention to your own personal battle against depression. The first step toward recovery may be contacting a professional therapist.
At Carolina Counseling Services, you can connect with well-trained licensed, independently contracted therapists that can help to empower you in your journey to recovery. With the resource of a trained professional, you’ll have the upper hand on depression.
We can help!
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Confidential / Private Sessions
Carolina Counseling Services contracts independently with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. Carolina Counseling Services independently contracted therapists assist individuals, couples, families, and children with counseling services that will help put your life back on track. Working with both non military and military is a joy and the therapist you choose will be happy to assist you whether you are a "civilian", or if you are a dependent or retiree.
Counseling and Therapy are often used interchangeably in our English language. The same is true for Counselor and Therapist. It really doesn't matter which word you use. When you need help, it is best to talk to someone who is not only objective, but who has had lots of experience helping others who have been in similar situations as yourself. A friendly Counselor or Therapist who is trained, licensed and experienced is the one who can assist the most. You don't have to figure it out alone. All independently contracted therapists are licensed, friendly professionals. Call to schedule your appt now!
If we can't help you, we will be happy to refer you to someone who can. We look forward to assisting you!!!.
Evening and Weekend Appts Available with specific therapists
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.
Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Sliver City NC, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Pineview NC, Lumber Bridge, NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC.
Military Community areas: Ardennes NC Bataan NC, Casablanca NC, Anzio Acre, NC, Corregidor NC, Bougainville NC, Hammond Hills NC, Nijimegen NC, Cherbourg NC, Normandy NC, Bastogne NC, Pope NC, Ste Mere Eglise NC,
Zip Codes: 28301, 28302, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28309, 28311, 28312, 28314