Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Seymour IN

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. Dan Boyer
Sandcrest Family Medicine
(812) 373-2725
3203 Middle Road
Columbus, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Anger Management, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Fiona J. Kress
(317) 844-0055
Meridian Youth Psychiatric Center
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - St. Louis
Credentialed Since: 2005-03-08

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Timothy A. Onkka
(574) 232-5237
150 W. Angela Blvd.
South Bend, IN
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1994-04-07

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J. Stephen McDaniel
(765) 284-4928
1111 North Briar Road
Muncie, IN
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Couples Psychotherapy, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ball State University
Credentialed Since: 1982-09-29

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Kristin R. Pancner
(219) 456-4880
Pancner Psychiatric Assoc
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adler School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1996-06-24

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Ms. Cindy Harcourt
(765) 932-5905
121 East Third St
Rushville, IN
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obses
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
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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David M. Buckingham
(317) 621-1100
13050 Parkside Dr Ste 240
Fishers, IN
Services
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)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ball State University
Credentialed Since: 1988-03-23

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Ann Lagges
(317) 944-8162
702 Barnhill Drive #4300
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Psychological Assessment, 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.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio U
Credentialed Since: 2002-04-01

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Mr. Neil Gilbert
Neil Gilbert Counseling & Healing Touch
(574) 287-0391
914 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN
Credentials
Credentials: MA, MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress
Populations Served
Cancer Patients
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Beth L. Fineberg
(317) 872-4158
2020 W. 86th St, Ste 301
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Credentialed Since: 1978-03-08

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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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