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Don’t Let the Spirit Go: A Story of Anxiety

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 28, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Up to 1.45 million people in the Czech Republic suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. This entails not only specific phobias but also panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and perhaps social phobia.

The second in a series of three evenings will focus on telling the stories of two young people who have encountered mental illness in their lives. The discussion will focus on just anxiety disorders.

The evening will begin with a short introduction to everything that can come under the title anxiety disorder, the concrete forms that the illness can take, how it limits sufferers, how it influences their lives and what help is available to people with such difficulties. You will also learn how it is to speak openly about one’s illness at lectures or for instance workshops at secondary schools.

A series created by the non-profit Nevypusť duši (Don’t Let the Spirit Go), which is run by a team of young psychologists, neuroscientists and students of those disciplines. It also comprises psychiatric patients and people with experience of psychiatric illness at a young age. Nevypusť duši circulates information, busts myths and informs the Czech Republic about mental health.

It emphasises the importance of prevention and advises people how to keep their spirits up, shares personal stories and supports the timely obtaining of specialist help in the case of mental problems.

Klára Lampová and Martin Javůrka will speak.

Entrance only on the basis of prior registration. Forms are available here: goo.gl/VyURda

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