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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David M. Young
(215) 497-9663
Luxembourg Corporate Center
Langhorne, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychoeducational Evaluation, Psychoanalysis, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Bryn Mawr Col
Credentialed Since: 1999-12-08

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David Keelty Prince
(215) 772-1031
1518 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Chicago
Credentialed Since: 2003-06-20

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Sidney Portnoy
(215) 699-3901
Penn Valley Counseling Associates
Lansdale, PA
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Stress Management or Pain Management, Couples Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-28

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James A. Welsh
(800) 953-4437
P.O. Box 1012
State College, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, 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: U Okla
Credentialed Since: 1975-01-30

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Susan Alexis Turner
(412) 692-3183
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
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Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Credentialed Since: 2009-09-17

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Dianne L. Chambless
(215) 898-5030
Dept of Psychology
Philadelphia, PA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1982-10-29

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Eric Weinstein
(215) 345-7868
200 South Clinton Street
Doylestown, PA
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
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Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Chestnut Hill College
Credentialed Since: 2008-01-22

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(610) 832-7771
628 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA
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Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), 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.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Pennsylvania
Credentialed Since: 2010-06-28

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Marolyn Eleanor Morford
(814) 861-3300
Center for Child and Adult Development
State College, PA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Child Custody Evaluation
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
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French
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Doctoral Program: University of Chicago
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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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