Suffering Autumn Anxiety? Psychologists Explain the Causes and Cure for Fall Freak Outs

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With Labor Day weekend comes the unofficial end of summer and the start of the back-to-school, back-to-the grindstone season. For some that shift brings happy thoughts of new projects, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spice everything, but for others the approach of cooler weather and longer days ushers in feelings of panic and anxiety. 

Psychologists call this phenomenon ‘autumn anxiety’ and, if you’re a sufferer, they offer both explanations and suggestions for dealing with your unpleasant feelings. 

Why autumn is an anxious time for many people. 

Clocks may tick steadily through the hours and days, but humans don’t work that way. Measured time may be steady but our mood and energy levels vary throughout the day and season to season. 

That’s a truth that you can use to maximize your productivity, but sometimes our rising and falling moods are a much less positive experience. Those who greet the end of summer with a sense of foreboding and gloom will know what I’m talking about. This…

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This article was written by Jessica Stillman and originally published on