Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Yankton SD

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.

Mrs. Michelle Hinseth
Sanford Vermillion
(605) 624-2611
20 S. Plum Street
Vermillion, SD
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, CSW-PIP
Licensed in South Dakota
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Curtis D. Hill
(605) 341-7100
1301 W Omaha Street
Rapid City, SD
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, 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: Alliant International University - Fresno
Credentialed Since: 2000-01-10

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Ms. Sharon K Hansen
(605) 610-8974
112 1/2 N. Chicago St.
Hot Springs, SD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Iowa
Year of Graduation: 1975
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Dr. Mindy Hedlund
(605) 231-4075
Clinical Psychology Services, LLC550 N. 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Mood Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Janel M Schmidt
(605) 413-1397
Psychological Solutions of South Dakota6810 S Lyncrest Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Trauma and PTSD, Emotional Disturbance, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: South Dakota State University
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$140 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Dawn Williams
Four C's Counseling, LLC
(605) 342-8552
2218 Jackson Blvd. Suite 12
Rapid City, SD
Credentials
Credentials: MS,LSW, LPC
Licensed in South Dakota
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, S
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Amber Chan
(605) 956-3442 x228
Chan Counseling Services2121 W. 63rd Place
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: St. John Fisher College
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Mary E Jones
(605) 609-1594
Integrative Wellness5000 S.Minnesota Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Peer Relationships, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of South Dakota
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$130 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Tina Harp
(605) 223-1924
3610 S. Western Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: South Dakota State University
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Avera

Dr. Greg Swenson
(605) 923-8493
929 kansas City Street
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Marriage Therapy, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Rosemead School of Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1976
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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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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