Antelope Valley Hospital is offering a free seminar Jan. 15 on “Dealing with a Devastating Diagnosis.”

The program be­gins at 7 p.m. in the Com­mu­nity Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster.

The panel of med­ic­al professionals pre­sent­ing the program in­clude Roger Girion, ex­ec­u­tive director of men­tal health services; clin­ic­al ethicist Miriam Piven Cotler; Dr. Dan­iel Khodabakhsh, emer­gen­cy physician and medical director of palliative care; and Pat­ric­ia Karnstedt, cancer pro­gram coordinator and cancer survivor.

“Learning you have a life-altering health con­di­tion can be scary and cause a number of emo­tion­al responses,” Gir­ion said. “We want to pro­vide helpful counsel and empathy for those whose world seems turned upside-down by a diagnosis.”

The hourlong  lecture will explore:

n Common reactions to negative news about your health.

n Tools to help you navigate feelings of sad­ness, anger, fear or de­pres­sion.

n How to share your news with others.

n Helpful tips for responding to others’ reactions to your condition.

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