FREE Spring Series Educational Lectures and Mini-Workshops

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Location:  Fillmore County Hospital

Fillmore County Hospital’s Senior Behavioral Health Program Invites Public to
FREE Spring Series Educational Lectures and Mini-Workshops


3/11/13 (Geneva, NE) – Fillmore County Hospital’s Senior Behavioral Health is excited to announce their Spring Series Educational Lectures and Mini-Workshops.  All public is invited to attend these free sessions.  join the team for an evening spent gaining understanding and support for yourself, your family members, and those you care about.  The following sessions will be in Conference Room A from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., refreshments will be provided.  The Spring Series presenter is Gerry Merck, MHDL, PLMHP, PLADC, Behavioral Health Outpatient Therapist.


MONDAY, MARCH 25: The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Depression

Depression is not a character flaw; it is a medical condition that causes mental, emotional and physical symptoms. “Big Depression,” or Major Depressive Disorder (A medical condition), is not the same as “Little depression” (a disappointment you can choose to get over). It is a complicated issue that, left untreated, can take the joy and happiness out of life, ruin relationships and tear families apart. Because so many people do not understand what Depression is and what it is not, countless people fail to get the help they need for themselves and their loved ones. Learn the signs and symptoms, the medical and non-medical treatments available, and how you can get help and support. If you have been diagnosed with Depression or think you might have depression; If you live with someone who suffers from Depression and would like some support. and to find out about local resources ~ this program is for you!


MONDAY, APRIL 29: Stress: What’s the Big Deal About Being Stressed-Out?

In general, Stress is related to both external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, including your job, your relationships with others, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you're confronted with on a daily basis.  Internal factors influence your ability to handle Stress including your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get. In response to Stress, the body produces Cortisol, which, over time, can cause asthma, back pain, arrhythmias, fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and can suppress the immune system. Chronic (long-term) stress takes a more significant toll on your body than acute (short –term) stress does. It can raise blood pressure, increase the risk the risk of heart attack and stroke, increase vulnerability to anxiety and depression, contribute to infertility, slow wound healing, and hasten the aging process. All excellent reasons to know the signs and symptoms of stress and learn how to manage it!  If you have a stressful job, stressful relationships or a stress-related diagnosis; if you want to learn to alleviate or manage your stress, and want to learn more about local resources ~ this program is for you!


MONDAY, MAY 27:   Understanding Adjustment Disorders

An adjustment disorder occurs when an individual is unable to adjust to or cope with a particular stressor, like a major life event such as loss of job, loss of family role, loss of residence, illness or disease. Since people with this disorder normally have symptoms that depressed people do, such as general loss of interest, feelings of hopelessness and crying, this disorder is also sometimes known as Situational Depression. Unlike Major Depression however, the disorder is caused by an outside stressor.  Once the individual is able to adapt to situation, they can usually return to their previous level of functioning. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an adjustment disorder or are having a hard time adjusting to a life change; if you want to learn about local resources, need support or would like to learn about medical and non-medical treatments for Adjustment Disorder ~ this program is for you!


About Fillmore County Hospital

Fillmore County Hospital is a county owned, 20-bed critical access hospital, that opened the doors of its brand new state-of-the-art hospital on March 1, 2012.  Fillmore County Hospital delivers patient and family focused care where compassion, innovation and teaching are vital.  There vision is to be the regional choice for valued health services.  It’s team will be recognized for their knowledge and compassion in delivering exceptional care, innovative services and trusted outreach and education in all states of life. Visit

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