SDA Clinic to hold program for depression and anxiety

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Katy Yamamuro, program coordinator for SDA, said: "We focus on what people can do to make changes in their life to help them deal with depression and anxiety." (PNC photo)

Major depression is the most common mood disorder worldwide and it is the number one reason people miss work or school.

The Seventh Day Adventist Clinic is conducting an 8-week educational program for those suffering from depression and anxiety.

Katy Yamamuro, program coordinator for SDA, said: “We focus on what people can do to make changes in their life to help them deal with depression and anxiety.”

The program is limited to 15 participants. They meet once a week, in person on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. Safety and health precautions are implemented.

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The topics the program covers are how to improve your brain, lifestyle therapies for depression and anxiety, nutrition for the brain, how thinking can defeat depression or anxiety, making and staying with positive lifestyle choices, stress without distress, overcoming loss, and enhancing frontal lobe function.

Yamamuro shares with PNC why the program was developed.

“Dr. Neil Nedley, an internal medicine physician, originally developed the program because so many of his patients had depression. As an internal medicine physician, that wasn’t his primary training. However, he saw this huge need so he started doing research himself on it and wrote some books. He is actually the mastermind behind the program and has developed the principles that the program focuses on,” Yamamuro said.

She added: “All of these things contribute to the condition of our mind. So we want our mind to be in a good position as much as possible, to be healthy. No one needs to be struggling with depression, and untreatable depression, because all depression is treatable.”

The program’s registration fee is $250 and includes materials such as workbooks, textbooks, and a graduation banquet. The last day to register is Wednesday, January 13.

For more details, you can contact SDA at 646-8881.

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