Free Community Education Program About Depression, Bipolar Disorder Planned

CLEARFIELD – Bright Horizons Center for Emotional Wellness and Clearfield Hospital are hosting a free community education program about depression and bipolar disorder March 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the first floor conference room at Clearfield Hospital.

According to Kathy Renne, intake and assessment coordinator for Bright Horizons, the program will focus on symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder; treatment methods; referral information; depression in the elderly; support groups and agencies; and coping strategies. There will be a question and answer session. 

Renne explained that depression is a psychiatric disorder with symptoms including persistent feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep, and, sometimes, suicidal tendencies.

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme mood swings, ranging between episodes of euphoria and severe depression.

Bright Horizons Center for Emotional Wellness, located in the Waterworth Building on the Clearfield Hospital campus, is an outpatient counseling program designed to meet the individual needs of adult clients seeking mental health services.

Specific services provided by the program include: free confidential assessment and referral services; initial evaluations with a psychiatrist or physician assistant; memory impairment evaluation services; and group therapy.

Luisito Dingcong, M.D., is chief of psychiatry and medical director of Bright Horizons. For more information about the March 21 program or Bright Horizons, contact Renne at 768-2137.

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