Local psychotherapist Joan-Marie Lartin, Ph.D., RN, discovered early in her career that pharmaceutical drugs used for depression and anxiety, while effective, had too many side effects and in many cases, the risks associated with taking them far outweigh the benefits. With a background in family systems and a specialty in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, child abuse, sexual assault and other stress-related physical problems, Lartin knew there were healthier alternatives for her clients.
It is estimated that 8 percent of Americans suffer from depression. “There are depressing, oppressive events that can happen in a person’s life. Depression is a natural consequence of experiencing sustained stress, loss, mistreatment, physical trauma or serious illness. The sustained stress produced drains the body of serotonin, and the person becomes depleted,” says Lartin, who asserts that it is possible to shift out of the sadness, lethargy, insomnia, gloomy thoughts and carbohydrate or other cravings without using antidepressants. “There is a fundamental agreement among researchers and clinicians about the importance of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression,” she says. In addition to talk therapy, Lartin uses two additional, scientifically proven, natural approaches in her practice.
Read more about Joan-Marie Lartin, Ph.D., RN, and the holistic approaches she uses in her practice in the article Holistic Approaches to Managing Depression that was featured in the October 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania.