Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Yuma AZ

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.

Duane F. Hurst
(480) 301-8297
13400 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Biofeedback, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Zona Pacheco, LCSW
(480) 539-7022
3303 East Baseline Road Suit 114
Gilbert, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
23 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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(602) 368-2526
2942 North 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy
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Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Pacific U
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(520) 749-7073
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Tucson, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
30 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Im
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(480) 391-1184
9915 East Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ
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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), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management, Couples Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: New Mexico State University
Credentialed Since: 1986-11-25

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(520) 325-4837
Independent Beh Hlth Assoc
Tucson, AZ
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Pennsylvania
Credentialed Since: 1994-10-28

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Cristy Lopez, Ph.D.
(602) 323-7824
2942 N. 24th St. Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
10 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Trauma/PTSD
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Carol J. Wechsler Blatter, LCSW, DCSW
(520) 247-1031
4560 E. Broadway, Suite #212
Tucson, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
37 Years of Experience
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Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Life Transitions, Person
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Richard A. Kapp
(602) 843-5484
14021 N 51st Ave Ste 118
Glendale, AZ
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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)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-28

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(312) 719-6789
80 Top Knot Dr.
Sedona, AZ
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Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Illinois Institute of Technology
Credentialed Since: 1987-12-18

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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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