Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Darlington SC

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.

Eulalee Brand
(843) 662-6312
Family Psychol Inst
Florence, SC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1989-10-11

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Catherine Anne Walsh
(843) 884-3121
1060-B Cliffwood Dr
Mount Pleasant, SC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, 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.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Virginia
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-15

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Bonnie Fralix Cleaveland
(843) 571-4005
1173 Southgate Drive
Charleston, SC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Tech
Credentialed Since: 2007-06-04

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Mrs. Ramelle Coker
Helping Hands Counseling Center, LLC
(803) 773-2088
5 Medical Ct.
Sumter, SC
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LISW-CP/AP
Licensed in South Carolina
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Anger Management
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Karen L. Drummond
(803) 736-2199
9890 Windsor Lake Blvd.
Columbia, SC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Oklahoma State University
Credentialed Since: 1977-08-03

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Ms. Tina C Outlaw Kennett
(843) 256-2277
Outlaw''s Vision Quest Farm, Inc2919 Jeffords Rd N
Lamar, SC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, ADHD, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of South Carolina
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$80 - $180
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Thomas E Thorsheim
(864) 421-0098
45 Greenland Drive
Greenville, SC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, 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 Texas - Austin
Credentialed Since: 2004-08-09

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Larry D. Clanton
(864) 271-3549
Pettigru Counseling Associates
Greenville, SC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Georgia
Credentialed Since: 1993-12-22

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Ms. Elizabeth DuRant
Palmetto Counseling Associates
(803) 236-7226
531-A Oxford Street
Sumter, SC
Credentials
Credentials: LISW-CP
Licensed in South Carolina
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Dawn Freeman
Dawn H Freeman LISW-CP
(843) 441-0627
43 Sea Island Parkway
Beaufort, SC
Credentials
Credentials: LISW-CP
Licensed in South Carolina
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), 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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