Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Laurinburg NC

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.

Matthew A Meier
(919) 573-6544
Fellowship Health Resources
Raleigh, NC
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Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), 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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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 2008-07-10

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Ms. Patricia Cunningham
(828) 669-8023
1158 NC HIGHWAY 9
black mountain, NC
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Credentials: APRN,BC
Licensed in New York
30 Years of Experience
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Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Domestic Violence, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Personality Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Robert J. Anderson
(704) 892-5788
Solutions by the Lake
Davidson, NC
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Credentialed Since: 1996-03-29

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Richard C. Kevin
(919) 878-7800
3710 Benson Dr
Raleigh, NC
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: University of Texas - Austin
Credentialed Since: 1977-12-08

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John C. Poag
(336) 574-0074
200 E Bessemer Ave
Greensboro, NC
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Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Diego
Credentialed Since: 1995-07-21

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Carolina Behavioral Care
(919) 245-5400
209 Millstone Drive Suite A
Hillsborough, NC
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
14 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Postpart
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Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Valerie K. Sawyer-Smith
(919) 929-2800
976 MLK Jr. Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, 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
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Boston University
Credentialed Since: 1989-03-22

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THE NC MENTOR NETWORK
(910) 997-9254
2202 FAYETTEVILLE ROAD
ROCKINGHAM, NC
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
10 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues,
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Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers
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Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Elise L. Fradin
(919) 929-8183
101 Conner Dr, Ste 405
Chapel Hill, NC
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Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: New York University
Credentialed Since: 1995-08-11

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Ms. Carol Walsh
(336) 723-1011
3000 Bethesda Place Suite 201
Winston-Salem, NC
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Credentials: MEd. LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
25 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
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Obese or Overweight
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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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