Nancy Shannon, a therapist with Fulcare Behavioral Health’s outpatient program in Wauseon, will do a presentation on non-military causes of post-traumatic stress disorder and a therapeutic approach called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) that can be used to treat PTSD.
The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. It will be held at the Four County ADAMhs Board office, T0761 State Route 66 south of Archbold across from Four County Career Center.
In addition to PTSD, the therapy has been proven to be effective with a wide range of disorders, including: depression, anxiety and panic, chronic pain and more. EMDR is a relatively new therapy that has been in use since the 1990s. It does not involve the use of medications or hypnosis, but tends to be most effective when used with other therapies.
NAMI Four County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest mental health advocacy group. It is comprised largely of family members and friends who have a loved one with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness; however, persons with a mental illness are also welcome to join.
The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month to hear a 45 to 60 minute educational program on a mental health-related topic. NAMI also offers free public mental health education classes, trainings and support groups.
For more information on NAMI Four County, its meetings, classes, support groups, local service providers and more, please visit its website at www.namifourcounty.org.