Rory Sears, NMD -  - Naturopathic Doctor

Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic

Rory Sears, NMD

Naturopathic Doctor located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, AZ

Anxiety/Depression Specialist

Anxiety and depression can cause serious symptoms and take a toll on overall quality of life. At Phoenix Anti-Aging Clinic, Dr. Rory Sears, N.M.D., is committed to helping patients from throughout the Phoenix, AZ, region the treatment and care they need to manage anxiety and depression without turning to longterm use of potentially harmful medications.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

by Rory Sears, NMD

What is chronic depression?

Chronic depression is a medical condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair, even without a specific, definable cause or reason such as a death or other loss. Also called clinical depression, the condition occurs as a result of an imbalance in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters which help regulate mood, among other functions.

What is chronic anxiety?

Chronic anxiety is a condition that causes feelings of worry, panic and even fear which are out of proportion to any underlying cause. Chronic depression and chronic anxiety often occur together.

What symptoms are associated with chronic depression and anxiety?

Chronic depression and anxiety are associated with issues like:

  • changes in appetite
  • sleep problems
  • problems focusing or concentrating
  • increased risk for illnesses and diseases
  • chronic headaches
  • chronic pain
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • increased risk of alcohol or drug abuse
  • increased risk of suicide

How are depression and anxiety diagnosed?

Both depression and anxiety are diagnosed using specific criteria developed to differentiate these conditions from other issues that may cause similar symptoms. A physical exam and lab tests also can help rule out other conditions and determine if any issues like hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies are contributing to the disorders. Because depression can run in families, a family medical history is also important.

How are depression and anxiety treated?

Depression and anxiety require ongoing management to ensure treatment remains optimized. Naturopathic approaches to care rely on treatment options designed to tap into the body’s ability to heal and may include:

  • dietary changes to ensure the body is receiving the nutrients it needs to stay healthy
  • nutritional supplementation coupled with IV therapy and vitamin injections to optimize nutrition
  • bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to balance hormones necessary for mood stabilization
  • acupuncture
  • neurotransmitter testing
  • massage therapy to reduce stress

Treatment can vary substantially based on the individual patient’s needs and other factors. Ongoing visits help ensure treatment remains optimized as the patient’s needs or symptoms evolve.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Rory was very kind and understanding of my existing medical conditions. I highly recommend him to all of my friends and family in Arizona!"

    Verified Customer
  • facebook

    "Dr. Sears is an awesome Doctor! He literally saved my life by catching a life threatening disease.He is very knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner."

    David W.
  • Google+

    "I have been going to see Dr. Sears for about 4 months now and I have to say I do feel a lot better! The office is nice and so is the staff."

    Rupal P.
Location
Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic
11011 South 48th Street , Suite 108
Ahwatukee

Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: 480-750-1566
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480-750-1566