Thursday, July 02, 2009
A variety of problems can cause symptoms of bipolar disorder,
depression, or anxiety, including hormonal irregularities, physical or
emotional stress, neurotransmitter imbalances, vitamin deficiencies,
and many other causes. As a naturopathic doctor, I am committed to
finding the underlying cause of your symptoms. With specialty testing
or even simple labs, we can uncover the causes of your mood disorder.
Based on this testing, we can create a plan that is individualized to
There are many options for treating these conditions, from conventional
antidepressants, such as Prozac, Effexor, or Cymbalta, to natural
treatments such as homeopathic medicine and herbal supplements. Most of
my patients are interested in reducing or avoiding conventional
medications, and I have helped many patients in finding natural
alternatives for improving their mental and emotional health. We can
explain all of these options to you and make sure your questions are
answered, including how natural treatments might affect current
Naturopathic doctors in Arizona have prescription rights, meaning that
your naturopathic doctor can write you a prescription for an
antidepressant if he or she feels it is necessary. This also means that
if you are currently on a prescription medication for depression or
anxiety, and you want to taper down to a lower dose before going off
the medication, we can write you a prescription for the lower dose,
while transitioning you to natural therapies. Some medications, such as
certain antipsychotic drugs, may only be prescribed by psychiatrists,
so we may
have to work with your psychiatrist to taper these medications down.
Some of these medications can be split as well, which may allow for an
easy taper without a new prescription.
When a patient with bipolar disorder comes to our office, I will
usually begin my natural treatment program with a homeopathic
prescription that is designed to balance one’s mood and improve health
naturally. This homeopathic medicine will not interact with any current
medications, so it is ideal for patients who want to taper off
medications gradually, while beginning a natural protocol. Homeopathy
is also safe during pregnancy and lactation, and for children. I also
may offer an acupuncture session to my new patients, which can help to
reduce muscle tension and stress, and improve energy and relaxation.
After a few weeks, we will assess the patient’s response to the initial
prescription, and then possibly begin a gradual taper of medications,
if desired. At any point during the treatment, we can make changes as
necessary, and add supportive nutritional or botanical therapies to
improve mood, reduce withdrawal reactions, and assist in a healthy
When it comes to treating depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders,
the best course of action is to address the underlying cause. You may
just want to take a pill that covers up your symptoms. But if you
prefer to get to the root of the problem and treat it naturally, there
are many options that are safe, effective, and affordable.
Tara Peyman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona.
Her expertise is treating depression and anxiety with natural medicine.
She has also developed comprehensive, naturopathic programs for weight
loss, diabetes and smoking cessation. She practices at East Valley
Naturopathic Doctors in Mesa (480.985.0000) and in Tempe
(480.456.0402). Visit www.DrTaraPeyman.com
for more information.