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GRCC hosting MSU professor Eric D Achtyes for lecture “Depression: Recognition, Response and Relief”

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It's estimated that up to 8 percent of teens have experienced depression in the past year. (Valentin Armianu/Dreamstime/TNS)

By Matthew Scheidel

Michigan State University Professor Dr. Eric D. Achtyes, who is also 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 Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center auditorium, located at 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

According to the press release about the event, Paul Krieger, a professor in GRCC’s Biological Sciences Department, said the free lecture will be accessible to everyone.

“Depression is a global problem,” Krieger stated in the press release. “In the U.S. alone, as much as seven 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.”

The Collegiate reached out to Krieger for further comment on the event, but Krieger denied to comment and referred The Collegiate to the press release.

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 degree 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.

Achtyes was unavailable for comment.

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.

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