GRCC hosts MSU 'Your Health' lecture on depression

Oct. 1, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Learn the signs and treatment options for depression during a free lecture at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Eric D. Achtyes, chair of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Division at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, will discuss "Depression: Recognition, Response and Relief" at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at GRCC's Calkins Science Center auditorium, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Paul Krieger, a professor in GRCC's Biological Sciences Department, said the free lecture will be accessible to everyone.

"Depression is a global problem," he said. "In the U.S. alone, as much as 7 percent of American adults have suffered a major bout of depression in any given year.  In the worst case, this can lead to suicide. Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased more than 20 percent over the last 15 years or so."

In his presentation, Achtyes will look at symptoms of clinical depression and when to seek help, common antidepressant theories, and the role of somatic treatments.

Achtyes, who is also a researcher and staff psychiatrist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Cherry Street Health Services and Network 180, received a bachelor's of science from Calvin College in 1997 and a master's from the University of Washington in 1998. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2003 and completed an internship in internal medicine at Michigan State University's Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 2004. He did his adult psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean/Harvard program in Boston in 2007 and has served as an investigator on more than a dozen clinical trials.

His presentation is part of the MSU College of Human Medicine’s "Your Health" lecture series, sponsored by GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested online or by calling (616) 234-2694.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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