Course overview

Natural Anxiety and Depression Treatments: What Works

This course will cover the underlying causes of anxiety and depression, lab testing and work up, and contributing environmental factors, as well as a variety of lifestyle changes and alternative supplements that can be used to help patients.

Peter Bongiorno, ND, MsAc, Lac

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2018 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Twenty-five percent of patients present with anxiety and/ or depression, and every year, more patients are prescribed anti-anxiety and/or anxiety depressant medications. Dr. Peter Bongiorno will take you through the clear underlying causes of anxiety and depression, lab testing and work up needed for every patient with anxiety or depression. He will also explain the relationship between environmental toxicity (like mold and heavy metals) with these conditions. Finally, he will discuss the sleep, food, and lifestyle fundamentals to help each patient as well as describe hydrotherapy, the value of hugging, nutrients and herbs to heal, and supplements to help drugs work better (when used) as well as how to wean off medications successfully.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Analyze the Underlying causes of anxiety and depression
    • Employ Proper Lab testing to help further elucidate underlying factors
    • Demonstrate best invidualized patient care choices: lifestyle, foods, nutrient and herbal therapeutics and others

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Peter Bongiorno, ND, MsAc, Lac

About Peter
Dr. Peter Bongiorno is a renowned doctor and teacher of naturopathic and functional medicine who blends sensibility, compassion, and the latest science-based evidence to his work.

Academic Background
He graduated from Bastyr University in 2003, the leading accredited university for science-based natural medicine. He completed five years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, and was honored to be his class speaker.

Before medical school, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut, and co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuro-endocrinology. He completed his pre-medical studies and received a Bachelor's degree in Biology and English Literature from Fairfield University.

Dr. Bongiorno's Publications
Dr. Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments (CCNM Press, 2010), the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His public books include "How Come They're Happy and I'm Not," (Red Wheel /Conari), released November 2012 and "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug Free Program" (Red Wheel /Conari), released in 2015. He also authored a textbook for physicians called Holistic Solutions to Anxiety and Depression which was published by Norton in 2015.

He regularly writes articles for the Dr. Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today. Dr. Bongiorno is also a major contributor to the 3rd and 4th editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine.

Association Memberships
Dr. Bongiorno is immediate past president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is active in gaining legislation to license naturopathic doctors in New York State. He is a member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a Diplomat in Acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno is licensed as an acupuncturist in the State of New York, and is considered a naturopathic doctor in the State of Washington, where naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine.

Dr. Bongiorno helped created the first elective natural and integrative medicine class at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he regularly guest lectures to medical students about natural medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. He has lectured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference, CAM Expo in New York City, and numerous other conferences to both physician and public audiences.

Dr. Bongiorno has been regularly interviewed on national television as a natural medicine expert (FOX News, Veria Channel, the Hallmark Channel) and local television (News12 Long Island), radio (on the air with Dr. Fratellone,1600AM), and writes for national media (Psychology Today,, Energy Times).

Personal Life
Peter enjoys playing drums, exercise and enjoying life with his with wife Pina and daughter Sophia. He is now teaching himself guitar and also learning to record music with new software he's excited about. He especially enjoys making time for a good breakfast with friends and family.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.