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Class Information

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

Sadness, Depression, and Other Psychiatric Hardships: How it Affects Us and What We Can Do About It

Taught by Matthew Fackrell


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 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

Depression and other psychiatric disorders can be devastating, but is also very common. We will be discussing what these disorders are, and how we can use both the gospel and modern medicine to overcome these hardships. 

Learning Objectives:
1.  What is depression?
     A. From the DMV-4, 5 of the 9 symptoms
     B. Bipolar symptoms
2. What can we do about it?
     A. Medications
     B. Exercise
         1. Produces endorphins
         2. Studies show exercise improves mood
         3. Other benefits of exercise
             a. Helps with insomnia
             b. Improves mood
             c. Many other benefits
     C. Prayer
     D. Popular online media can increase anxiety/depression
     E. Attitude of gratitude
         1. Keep gratitude journal
         2. Remember the bad
     F. Meditation
     G. Watch your language
     H. Practice smiling