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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Anxiety: What It Can Lead to and What We Can Do to Have a Happy, Carefree Life

Taught by Matthew Fackrell


Day Time Location
Saturday, August 3 3 p.m. Ricks 173
Matthew Fackrell

Matthew Fackrell


Matthew Fackrell graduated from Rigby High School in 1993. After high school, he attended Ricks College where he received an associate’s degree in Pre-med. Fackrell went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Zoology. He furthered his education at the University of Health Sciences (now called KCUMB) and received a Doctor of Osteopathy degree (DO). Fackrell completed his residency in family medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Fackrell believes that psychiatric training is an important part of family medicine. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common things that he councils patients about and treats. He has taught at Education Week at BYU-Idaho for the last two years and was an EFY councilor and speaker in the past.

He is the oldest of nine children. He has been married for 15 years to Amy Fackrell (formally Robinson) and together they have four children: a boy age 4, a girl age 8, a girl age 10 and a boy age 13.

Fackrell enjoys water skiing at Lake Powell, snow skiing at Targhee, oil painting, and playing the piano. He and his family love camping with an old 35-foot camper. He is currently serving on the High Council assigned over the missionary work, and absolutely loves it.

Class Outline

We will be talking about anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.  We will be talking about what they are, how they can affect us and what we can do about it using modern medicine and the gospel.  We will also be talking about personality disorders.

Learning Objectives:

I. What is anxiety?
    A. Bear Trap story
    B. John 14:7: "Peace I give unto you, my peace I give unto you."
        Does being content and happy come from money?
    C. General anxiety disorder
        1. Excessive anxiety
        2. Excessive worrying
        3. Physical effect of Anxiety Disorders
    D. Confidence in the impressions you feel more certain than what
         you see or hear. (Reference Elder Scott)
    E. Anxiety not necessarily what is happening but the fear of what
        might happen
        1. Truman Madsen on anxiety
        2. Brigham Young on anxiety
    F. Wendy Bennion. A story of good attitude while having
        hard times

II. How can we help family members?
    A. Love them
    B. Catch them doing good
    C. Have a good sense of humor

III. What can we do to help with our anxiety?
    A. Count your blessings
        1. Hymn: "Count your many blessings"
    B. Watch your thoughts. Mosiah 4:30

IV. Behavioral psychotherapy
    A. SOS Help for emotions:
        1. Activating event
        2. Self talk      
        3. Crooked thinking can lead to anxiety
        4. I can't stand this "itis"
        5. Absolutes
        6. I'm worthless
        7. This is 100% bad
    B. What can we replace this with?