Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Hastings NE

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. Nancy Carlson
Counseling Toward Hope
(308) 995-6691
710 Burlington Street (NO mail delivery)
Holdrege, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Nebraska
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stres
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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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Lee Branham
(402) 391-6467
10543 Poppleton Ave
Omaha, NE
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Vanderbilt University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-12

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Randy G. LaGrone
(402) 559-5031, x5412
The Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Play Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: New Mexico State University
Credentialed Since: 1988-12-01

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Patricia J. Blake
(402) 934-2661
11225 Davenport Street
Omaha, NE
Services
Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1997-04-18

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Ms. Janie Pfeifer Watson
Wholeness Healing Center, PC
(308) 382-5297
2608 Old Fair Road
Grand Island, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Nebraska
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD,
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HelpPro.com

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Jerry L. Authier
(402) 333-8210
11414 West Center Road
Omaha, NE
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Portland
Credentialed Since: 1978-05-05

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Thomas G. Grandy
(402) 301-4587
11043 Prairiebrook Road
Omaha, NE
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, 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)
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: 1976-09-20

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Robert N. Portnoy
(402) 474-1511
Plaza West Psychiatrists
Lincoln, NE
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1990-05-07

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Ms. Catherine Saeger
Park Professional Group
(402) 727-4886
1239 N. Park Ave.
Fremont, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Nebraska
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Maria Prokop
(308) 762-9018
212 Box Butte Ave Suite A
Alliance, NE
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Anger Management
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), 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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