Mental health conditions are a significant public health issue. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15-44 and is the most common psychiatric condition worldwide followed closely by generalized anxiety disorder. Since the 1990s, the prescribing of antidepressant drugs has steadily increased in the United States, even though the clinical efficacy of these drugs has been called into question for more than a decade. The benefits of these medications have been over-stated, leading clinicians to prescribe them for many patients who are unlikely to benefit from their use. An integrative approach, one that addresses all aspects of lifestyle, is far more likely to offer real solutions for those struggling with depression and/or anxiety. This session will explore the role of botanical medicine as one aspect of this integrative approach.
After completing this webinar, participants will be able to
- Describe the evidence of safety and benefit of botanical medicines commonly used in the management of depressive disorders.
- Describe the evidence of safety and benefit of botanical medicines commonly used in the management of anxiety disorders.
- Discuss the differential use of nervines and adaptogens in patient care.
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Tori Hudson, ND
Dr. Tori Hudson, Naturopathic Physician, graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including: Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, and Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical professor at NCNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University, has been in practice for 28+ years, is the medical director of her clinic, “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for Vitanica.
Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the 1999 prestigious Naturopathic Physician of the Year award, the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award and the 2009 Natural Products Association Pioneer Award.
She is a nationally recognized author (book: Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine second edition, McGraw Hill 2008), speaker, educator, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry.