Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Burlington IA

There’s actually an explanation for seasonal anxiety. According to ayurveda, the changing weather affects your emotions as well as your body. When the weather turns cool, dry, and windy in late autumn and winter, it increases your vata dosha, which governs activity in the brain and nervous system.

Ms. Pamela Caviness
Pamela Caviness, LISW, ACSW, INC.
(515) 232-2051
600 5th Street Suite 200
Ames, IA
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Credentials: LISW, ACSW
Licensed in Iowa
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Abuse, Stress, Personality Disorders, Women's Issues
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Adults (26-59)

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Thomas Lee Millard
(563) 243-6054
1523 South Bluff Blvd.
Clinton, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Psychoeducational Evaluation, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 2000-10-30

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Sheryl A. Leytham
(515) 263-6093
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations
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Doctoral Program: St. Louis University
Credentialed Since: 1994-04-25

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Jill D. Burkley
(641) 428-7797
Behavioral Services
Mason City, IA
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Play Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
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Counseling Center of Iowa City
(319) 337-6483
2101 ACT Circle Suite 202
Iowa City, IA
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Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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Children of Divorce, Step Families
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Rosina Linz
(563) 468-8010
3400 Dexter Ct, Ste 101
Davenport, IA
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Couples Psychotherapy, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Francisco Bay
Credentialed Since: 2008-10-07

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Phillip Lynn Kent
(563) 355-2577
Genesis Psychology Associates
Davenport, IA
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Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Fielding Graduate University
Credentialed Since: 1997-01-16

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Karen A. Nelson
(319) 353-6040
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA
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Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Northwestern University
Credentialed Since: 1997-08-11

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(563) 359-4049
2102 E. 38th Street
Davenport, IA
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Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Illinois
25 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Heidi L Vermeer-Quist
(515) 331-0303
Pine Rest C.M.H.S.
Urbandale, IA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Couples Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Wheaton College
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Relief from Seasonal Anxiety

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By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

Every fall I start feeling anxious and crave sugar. Why does this happen in autumn?

There’s actually an explanation for seasonal anxiety. According to ayurveda, the changing weather affects your emotions as well as your body. When the weather turns cool, dry, and windy in late autumn and winter, it increases your vata dosha, which governs activity in the brain and nervous system. Too much vata can create excessive thoughts and anxiety. You may have felt some relief from anxiety during summer—when the hot, humid weather dampens vata—but once the cold weather returns, so does vata-based anxiety.

It makes sense that you would reach for the sweets, because pleasurable foods high in carbohydrates and fat are known to increase endorphins in the brain, which help maintain a calm, happy mood. Obviously, though, the downside of eating refined sugar (mood swings, obesity, and nutritional depletion) will only add to your anxiety in the long run.

Instead, take a clue from ayurveda, and choose wholesome sweet food instead of sugar to calm your worries, boost endorphin levels, and balance your vata. Rice, milk, fresh and dried fruits, as well as whole grains and other complex carbohydrates are all sweet by ayurvedic standards and will satisfy your craving without creating further imbalances.

Another solution: Reach for a soothing hot drink, which will calm your agitated vata by its warmth and hydrating effects. Rather than caffeine, which can add to anxiety, try steamed milk (latte, hold the café), chamomile tea, or a blend of chai-like spices. As I mentioned earlier, even plain hot spring water can do the trick and has the added bonus of reducing cravings and aiding digestion.

Some additional dietary tips to balance vata include favoring cooked foods over raw and moist foods over dry, crunchy ones. (Out with the crackers, in with the rice pudding!)

It’s also important to address your overall tendency toward anxiety. Practices that might help dampen your overactive sympathetic nervous system—your fight-or-flight response to stress and anxiety—such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, as well as regular exercise and an early bedtime, can all help stress roll off your back both at work and at home.

Author: Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

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