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2009: Free Presentation on Managing Anxiety
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Free Presentation on Managing Anxiety

October is Mental Health Awareness Month

WINFIELD, Ill., October 13, 2009 – Anxiety is part of the normal human condition and is on the rise in our fast-paced culture. It’s a pattern that historically persists: as the economy plummets, anxiety soars.

When anxiety becomes an excessive irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), there are five major types of anxiety disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder). In general, anxiety disorders are treatable with therapy and/or medication.

On Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., Behavioral Health Services of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Wheaton, will offer “Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Today’s Anxiety-Provoking Culture.” The presentation will be given by Allison Parks Johnsen, a licensed clinical professional counselor from CDH. Johnsen specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Information about treatment options in the community will be available. The event will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Faith Center, 2nd Fl., Rm. 210, (317 W. Willow, Wheaton). To register, please contact St. Michael’s Parish Nurse, Thecla Rettberg, RN at (630) 462-5042.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield. Behavioral Health Services of CDH provides supportive and sensitive treatment for adolescents, and adults struggling with a behavioral health issues, including mental health concerns, psychiatric disease, alcohol abuse, addictions, and family or relationship issues.

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Media Contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
630-933-5117