January 30, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Psychologist Margaret Wehrenberg will give the talk, "The Anxious Brain: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety," Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

Wehrenberg will examine the topic of anxiety and its various manifestations among college students and the public; anxiety is one of the most frequently cited reasons students consult college counseling centers. Wehrenberg's talk will address strategies for coping with anxiety, with an emphasis on strategies that do not rely on medication.

Wehrenberg's talk is sponsored by the Office of Psychological Services and other campus offices and organizations. Special recognition is due the Anna L. Putterman Memorial Lectureship for making the talk possible.

Anxiety disorders specialist
A licensed psychologist with 20 years' experience in private practice, Wehrenberg specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
She is the author of The Anxious Brain: The Neurobiological Basis of Anxiety Disorders and How to Effectively Treat Them and Stress Solutions: 10 Effective Strategies to Eliminate Your Stress, as well as several articles published by The Psychotherapy Networker.

Wehrenberg also has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, a CD for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients.

The recipient of an M.A. specializing in psychodrama and play therapy with children, she has specialized in treating clients with trauma and anxiety disorders since receiving her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

She was trained in addictions counseling and has years of experience in that field, working with the U.S. Army in Germany and Lutheran Social Services in Illinois before beginning a private psychotherapy practice.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia).

Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2008


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