Holistic Approaches to Managing Depression by Erin Lehn

Reprinted with permission from Natural Awakenings of South Central PA, October, 2015

Local psychotherapist Joan-Marie Lartin, Ph.D., RN, discovered early on in her career that pharmaceutical drugs being used for depression and anxiety, while popular, had too many side effects and in many cases, the risks associated with taking them far outweighed the benefits. With a background in family systems and specializing in depression, anxiety, PTSD, child abuse, sexual assault, and stress-related physical problems, Lartin knew there were healthier alternatives out there for her clients. Continue reading

Serotonin Deficiency: A Root Cause of Your Depression Symptoms?

Is “serotonin deficiency” the underlying cause of your depression symptoms – feelings of pessimism, sadness, distrust, hopelessness or anxiety? If so, discover how you can reverse serotonin deficiency with a natural supplement.

Read more at Natural Health Advisory Institute

Serotonin, tryptophan metabolism and the brain-gut-microbiome axis

Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter in the brain-gut axis.

The gut microbiome is also critical to the normal functioning of the brain-gut axis.

Behaviour linked to serotonergic neurotransmission is influenced by gut microbiota.

Development of the gut microbiome overlaps the ontogeny of the serotonergic system.

The gut microbiota is an appealing therapeutic target for brain-gut axis disorders.

For more go to Behavioural Brain Research, Volume 277 15 January 2015, Pages 32–48,  Special Issue: Serotonin

Holistic Approaches to Depression

New Series:Tools For Living-Free Educational Programs

Beginning this February, I am launching a new series of community education programs on topics in mental health.

There is no charge but pre-registration is required by calling or texting 717 961 0088, or via e-mail,    Please contact me at least 24 hours before the program to register.

Useful information will be shared on each topic, followed by a question and answer period. Valuable, tried and true helpful hints along with some fundamental basics about each topic will be included. These sessions are not designed to substitute for psychotherapy or professional consultation. They should be helpful to those seeking to broaden their understanding of the topics and to try some basic approaches to common, everyday problems.

Meetings will be held at my Carlisle office, 614 South Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA, 17013, from 6:15-7:30 PM.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013   “Stress-Common Sources and Strategies for Coping”

Tuesday, February 12, 2013  “Depression-Some Misconceptions and Practical Ideas”

Tuesday, February 19, 2013   “Anxiety-Too Much of  A Good Thing!”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013  “Insomnia-How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep”

Looking forward to seeing you!

Joan-Marie Lartin, PhD,RN