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.

Wayne A. Bowers
(319) 353-6301
Univ of Iowa, Dept. of Psychiat
Iowa City, IA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1989-03-22

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Heidi L Vermeer-Quist
(515) 331-0303
Pine Rest C.M.H.S.
Urbandale, IA
Services
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)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wheaton College
Credentialed Since: 2004-06-30

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Ms. Pamela Caviness
Pamela Caviness, LISW, ACSW, INC.
(515) 232-2051
600 5th Street Suite 200
Ames, IA
Credentials
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
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Sandra L. Davis
(515) 318-2559
P.O. Box 8
Des Moines, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Iowa State University
Credentialed Since: 1986-04-09

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Ms. Nancy Vermeersch
Nancy K. Vermeersch, LISW
(319) 550-1621
222 3rd Street SE #233
Cedar Rapids, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
19 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
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Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Cancer Patients
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Thomas Lee Millard
(563) 243-6054
1523 South Bluff Blvd.
Clinton, IA
Services
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)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 2000-10-30

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Paula J. Gilroy
(319) 268-1947
3617 Panther Lane
Cedar Falls, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: W Virginia U
Credentialed Since: 1991-11-12

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

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Jacquelyn K. Larsen
(515) 241-2300
6000 University
West Des Moines, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1995-03-21

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Ms. Gloria Billings
Fifth Street Mental Health Professionals
(515) 232-2051
600 5th Street Suite 200
Ames, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW, ACSW
Licensed in Iowa
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Sexuality Issues
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Chronic Illness
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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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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