I’m So Stressed! Understanding and Managing Anxiety and Mental Health Issues
May 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Allan Donsky M.D.,FRCPC Psychiatry, FRCPC Paediatrics
Dr. Donsky is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal University.
He has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for 23 years, and was formerly a Pediatrician He is consultant Psychiatrist with the Healthy Minds/Healthy Children (HMHC) program in Calgary. He is a core committee Member of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network. Dr. Donsky uses a Mindful approach to understand the human experience and integrate Mind, Heart and Spirit. This process gets us closer to the quality life we all hope for, even in the presence of Anxiety
He has facilitated many workshops on Anxiety for youth, parents and professionals.
This presentation will address anxiety and how it arises in our brains, mind and heart. We will learn that anxiety does a good job of pretending to be our friend, when in reality it robs us of the very things we are looking for. We will use a simple Mindfulness process to look at daily worries ( friends, academics, transition to adulthood ) and how to ensure that anxiety does not get in the way of progress and growth. This presentation will include lots of time for questions as we go along. It will be practical and solution focused.
Learning objectives :
- Describe how and why anxiety arises in the Mind
- Describe how our usual ways of reacting to anxiety are not useful
- Describe a simple Mindfulness process for responding to anxiety in helpful ways.
- Learn practical strategies for immediate use in responding rather than reacting to anxiety.
- Understanding the role of Medications in ASD and related diagnoses.