The Anxiety Disorders – Charity Seminar

By Catherine Thompson

Feeling vindicated I rang one of my best bosses ever, Noel Shanahan. I wanted to share the results of my recent personality assessment. Finally, I had an explanation for my high maintenance temperament: I am highly neurotic. Noel paused, then quipped “Catherine I could have told you that 15 years ago and it wouldn’t have cost you a penny!”

I am still not really sure what being neurotic means. What does it predispose me to? And is there a cure?

In comes our Glyn who has very kindly offered to clear the mist and help my Macmillan Fundraising endeavours.

Glyn is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He began training as a psychiatric nurse in 1992 despite loving horticulture and acting (he’s a very good singer too). But something about the mind, the brain and working very closely with people, drew him to a career in mental health. He works with people whose lives are blighted by anxiety and depression.

His talk will help us to understand:

• How anxiety differs from depression
• In the WARS – What is Anxiety?
• Fears, Phobias and Rituals – The Anxiety Disorders
• Modern Day – Modern disease
• Breaking Free – Beating the Bad Guy

As co-author with Dr Rick Norris of ‘The Water Carrier’, a book about Alfie Finch, a teenager who is bullied at school, Glyn will help us understand how young people can learn to deal with anxiety and how as parents we can spot it and support them.

Date: Wednesday 13 February 2013 – 7pm
Guide donation £25
Concessionary donation £15
(includes food)
Proceeds to Macmillan

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