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.

Ms. Heidi Sonntag
Heidi Sonntag, LCSW
(480) 236-1432
9929 No. 95th Street, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Arizona
25 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, St
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
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B. Robert Crago
(520) 323-0062
5363 E Pima St, Ste 100
Tucson, AZ
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Individual Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychological Intervention, Biofeedback, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Credentialed Since: 1981-05-18

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Betty Lee Darby
(602) 633-1011
4020 North 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ
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Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Stress Management or Pain Management, 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: U Wash
Credentialed Since: 2003-05-23

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Dixie Ciccarelli, LLC
(602) 397-8280
1130 E. Missouri Ave Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
8 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Grief/Loss, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Runaways, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, Anger Management, Attachment Disorders
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Military/Veterans
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Kristina M. Cooper
(602) 839-4772
Banner Bhvl Health/Good Samaritan
Phoenix, AZ
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Arizona State University
Credentialed Since: 1986-04-22

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Mr. Charles Kennedy
(602) 284-9343
3104 E Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ
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Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Arizona
14 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management, Men's Issues
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HelpPro.com
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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Carol J. Wechsler Blatter, LCSW, DCSW
(520) 247-1031
4560 E. Broadway, Suite #212
Tucson, AZ
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Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
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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Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families
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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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Marian Binder
(520) 621-3334
Campus Health Service
Tucson, AZ
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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), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Texas - Austin
Credentialed Since: 1977-10-11

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Marianne L. Hutchison
(480) 419-7098
7400 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ
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Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Schaumburg
Credentialed Since: 2000-06-09

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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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