Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Salisbury MD

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.

Mr. John Collins
J. David Collins and Associates LLC.
(410) 548-3333
540 Riverside Drive Suite 8
Salisbury, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C,BCD, MAC, SAP
Licensed in Maryland
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Viole
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Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Robert L. Ganter
(410) 221-8024
2823 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 1988-07-26

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Amy B. Livingood
(301) 654-7818
4405 East-West Hwy
Bethesda, MD
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Play Therapy, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Maryland - College Park
Credentialed Since: 1978-08-21

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Blain Sneum Walker
(808) 753-7569
USA CHPPM
APG, MD
Services
Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Biofeedback, Psychological Assessment, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ball State University
Credentialed Since: 2001-09-20

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Robert K. Brooner
(410) 550-0028
Johns Hopkins Bayview Med Ctr
Baltimore, MD
Services
Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - Fresno
Credentialed Since: 1987-01-27

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Dr. Leslie H Donnelly
(410) 941-8439
607 Twin Tree Road
Salisbury, MD
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, OCD, Relationship Issues, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Northern Arizona University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$80 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Ms. Sharon Strand
Sharon Strand LCSW Inc.
(301) 871-3845
15232 Red Clover Drive
Rockville, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Paren
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mary Vieten
(240) 237-7502
Operational and Professional Psychology Solutions, LLC
Leonardtown, MD
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
German
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Southern Illinois University
Credentialed Since: 2007-07-10

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Lisa Mirabelli
301-695-6455 ext *814
Frederick Psychology Center
Frederick, MD
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Atlanta
Credentialed Since: 2007-01-25

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Judith M. Glasser
(301) 681-3223
PO Box 3552
Silver Spring, MD
Services
Psychological Assessment, School-based Consultation, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 1986-02-05

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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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