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. Cynthia Duggin
Alegent Health Behavioral Services
(712) 642-2045
704 North 8th Street
Missouri Valley, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Nebraska
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Rosina Linz
(563) 468-8010
3400 Dexter Ct, Ste 101
Davenport, IA
Services
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)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Francisco Bay
Credentialed Since: 2008-10-07

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Ronald G. Nelson
(319) 393-5004
222 Edgewood Road NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, 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: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 1984-10-31

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Sheryl A. Leytham
(515) 263-6093
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Services
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
Education Info
Doctoral Program: St. Louis University
Credentialed Since: 1994-04-25

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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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Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Clarice L. Warren Weil
(515) 267-8098
764 Knolls Ct
West Des Moines, IA
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Play Therapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 1996-04-08

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Linda S. Grohe
(712) 262-6111
213 E 3rd St
Spencer, IA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1986-08-15

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Phillip Lynn Kent
(563) 355-2577
Genesis Psychology Associates
Davenport, IA
Services
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.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Fielding Graduate University
Credentialed Since: 1997-01-16

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Herbert L. Notch
(515) 287-1491
7510 SW 9th
Des Moines, IA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Clinical Neuropsychological Intervention, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
German,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1976-12-09

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Ms. Anita Schlosser
Clinical Associates of Ames
(515) 292-2703
113 Colorado Ave.
Ames, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Cancer Patients, College Students
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Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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