Depression discussed at stroke support group

GREENEVILLE, TN Major depression affects an estimated 19 million Americans, including those who have suffered strokes.

Karen Dewitt, a board certified family nurse practitioner, will discuss the signs and symptoms of this disorder on Tuesday, Aug. 4, during Takoma Regional Hospital’s monthly stroke support group.

“Major depression, also called clinical depression, is a constant sense of hopelessness and despair,” Dewitt said. “We will talk about the symptoms, as well as the treatment. We also will look at adjustment disorder, grief and suicide prevention.”

Dewitt received a post-master’s degree as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Tennessee. She also graduated from East Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner specialty. She obtained a master’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University in California, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from ETSU, where she graduated with an award for the highest grade point average in the College of Health. Dewitt has more than 32 years of experience in the nursing and mental health field.

The group will meet from 6-8 p.m. in the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation’s Activity Room on the fourth floor of the hospital. The event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested, but not required. For more information, please call Jamila Darwish, a Takoma speech therapist and host of the event, at 636-0453.

Karen DeWitt
Karen DeWitt

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