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
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Credentials: LCSW-C,BCD, MAC, SAP
Licensed in Maryland
20 Years of Experience
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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
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Joseph Orenstein
Montgomery Counseling Services
(301) 493-4931
21229 Virginia Pine Terrace
Germantown, MD
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Di
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Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples, Obese or Overweight
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HelpPro.com
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Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Beverly Fairchild
(301) 606-8220
Ambers Professional Center 176 Thomas Johnson Drive
Frederick, MD
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25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Stress
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Roseanne M. Middleton
(913) 991-2707
618 Glenbrook Drive
Middletown, MD
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Doctoral Program: Texas Tech U
Credentialed Since: 1998-08-07

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Gina Richman
(443) 923-7473
720 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD
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Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Family Psychotherapy, School-based Consultation, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Florida State University
Credentialed Since: 2010-09-29

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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
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Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$80 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Suzanne Resnick
(301) 951-0773
4405 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, 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)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: City University of New York
Credentialed Since: 1977-12-06

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Steven L. Shearer
(410) 938-8452
Anxiety & Stress Disorders Inst of MD
Towson, MD
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U No Dakota
Credentialed Since: 1982-03-01

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Georgia M. Royalty
(410) 465-4634
5127 Little Creek Dr
Ellicott City, MD
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Psychoanalysis, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Career Assessment and Counseling
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Maryland - College Park
Credentialed Since: 1991-12-23

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Mrs. Elizabeth Appel
(410) 647-5956
600 Ridgley Ave., Suite 210
Annapolis, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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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