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Weems offers free workshop on anxiety disorders

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
June 18, 2003
People who experience frequent worry, fear and anxiety or those who have a loved one with those symptoms may benefit from a workshop scheduled for Thursday.
The public is invited to the free workshop on anxiety disorders sponsored by Weems Community Mental Health Center.
Organizers say the workshop also will benefit counselors, social workers, therapists, principals and teachers. Presenters will be Susan Eaves, counselor at Weems, and Marcia McElroy, social worker and therapist at Weems.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, more than 19 million Americans have an anxiety disorder.
Unlike mild, brief anxiety that can be triggered by stressful events like a business presentation, a performance or a first date, anxiety disorders are chronic and can grow progressively worse if not treated.
Anxiety disorders include panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; social phobia (or social anxiety disorder); specific phobias such as a fear of flying, heights and elevators; and generalized anxiety disorder.
The workshop: Weems Community Mental Health Center will sponsor a workshop on anxiety disorders from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday at East Mississippi Electric Power Association Auditorium, 2128 Highway 39 North.
The location: The workshop will inform counselors, social workers, therapists,
principals, teachers and the general public about anxiety disorders. Continuing education units may be available.
The presenters: Marcia McElroy, a licensed social worker and community mental health therapist, and Susan Eaves, national certified counselor and licensed professional counselor, will speak.
The cost: Free. To register or for more
information, call 483-4821.