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.

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)
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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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Raymond W. Lemberg
(928) 776-7885
812 Valley Street
Prescott, 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), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Family Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment
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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 Maryland - College Park
Credentialed Since: 1981-01-19

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Linda G. Russek
(520) 749-4042
The Heart Science Foundation
Tucson, 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, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples 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: United States International University
Credentialed Since: 1999-07-02

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Forgey Consulting
(520) 207-4823
4533 E. Cooper St.
Tucson, AZ
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Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Arizona
39 Years of Experience
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Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Los
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
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Hal Arkowitz
(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)
Ages Served
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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(602) 550-8101
2942 N. 24th Street Suite 114
Phoenix, AZ
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Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Arizona
24 Years of Experience
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Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Mult
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
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HelpPro.com
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Bobette S Siegel, MSW,, LCSW
(480) 948-6222
15849 N. 71st Street Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Scottsdale, AZ
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Licensed in Arizona
25 Years of Experience
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Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Autism/PDD, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Life Transitions, Perso
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Biracial, Obese or Overweight
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HelpPro.com
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dixie Ciccarelli, LLC
(602) 397-8280
1130 E. Missouri Ave Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ
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Credentials: MACE, MAPC, LPC, ATR
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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HelpPro.com
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Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Alicia Torruella
(480) 726-2600
2340 W Ray Road
Chandler, AZ
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Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Cultural Diversity Issues
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Spanish
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Doctoral Program: Boston University
Credentialed Since: 1996-10-28

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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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