Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Claymont DE

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.

Dr. Bill Metzdorf
(302) 220-8175
2500 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE
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Credentials: DMin
Licensed in Delaware
20 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Dev
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Elaine M. Kasowski
(610) 358-3355
6 Dickinson Drive
Chadds Ford, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Doctoral Program: City University of New York
Credentialed Since: 1980-04-07

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Ms. Ann Marie Brown
Ann Marie Brown, LCSW, BCD
(610) 459-9841
Brandywine Two Bldg., Suite 102 5 Christy Drive
Chadds Ford, PA
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Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
25 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Chronic Illness
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Jeanette Redmond
(610) 566-5886
439 South Ave.
Media, PA
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Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
30 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Runaways, Self Abuse
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Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Victor J. Malatesta
(610) 793-2794
515 W Pleasant Grove Rd
West Chester, PA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Stress Management or Pain Management
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Georgia
Credentialed Since: 1984-05-15

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Susan Epps
(302) 428-0205
Associates in Health Psychology
Wilmington, DE
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Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Family 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)
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Infants (0-2 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: University of Minnesota
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Leighton C. Whitaker
(610) 359-8132
150 Longview Circle
Media, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Wayne State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-16

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Gregory B. Milbourne, Psy.D.
(610) 348-7780
42 East Front Street Building Bridges Office 5
Media, PA
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Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Pennsylvania
6 Years of Experience
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Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
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Wesley R. Bowman
(302) 995-9600
Delaware Family Ctr
Wilmington, DE
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: University of Mississippi
Credentialed Since: 1985-06-04

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Patricia P. Miripol
(302) 633-6416
1601 Milltown Rd
Wilmington, DE
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Illinois Institute of Technology
Credentialed Since: 1986-01-13

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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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