Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Indiana PA

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.

Eric Rosenberger
(724) 422-1355
720 Church Street
Indiana, PA
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
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Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Pennsylvania State University
Credentialed Since: 2010-03-19

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Ms. Molly McCoy
Molly McCoy LCSW
(267) 259-3659
1420 Walnut Street Suite 902
Philadelphia, PA
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Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Paticia Downing-Rasich
(484) 764-7663
1252 N. Van Buren Street
Allentown, PA
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Credentials: LSW, ACSW, MSM
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management, T
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Cancer Patients
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Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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STEPHEN M. SCHUCH, LCSW
(717) 413-1307
520 Norwood Road
Columbia, PA
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Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Trauma/PT
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Judith N. Lowenthal
(215) 635-6688
530 Elkins Ave
Elkins Park, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Pennsylvania
Credentialed Since: 1978-10-19

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Sherry M. Sukol
(610) 526-2226
14 Elliott Ave, Ste 3
Bryn Mawr, PA
Services
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.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio U
Credentialed Since: 1984-07-06

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Nancie B. Wolfe
(215) 735-3490
255 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, 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), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1984-09-10

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Jan Louise Melcher
(724) 941-6640
4150 Washington Road, Suite 202
McMurray, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), 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)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: W Virginia U
Credentialed Since: 2005-02-22

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Perfect Perceptions, LLC
(215) 805-1742
1407 Bethlehem Pike
Flourtown, PA
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Credentials: DSW, LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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(610) 692-2217
1515 West Chester Pike C-2
West Chester, PA
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Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Par
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Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Biracial
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HelpPro.com
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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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