Living with Depression - Unveiled (San Diego, CA - September 18-19, 2018)

  • ID: 4556041
  • Conference
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • 2 Days
  • NetZealous LLC
  • Conference Dates: September 18-19, 2018
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Course "Living with Depression - Unveiled" has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant's RAC recertification upon full completion.
Mental illness is something that can take a dramatic toll on a person and all those around him. Impacts from mental illness are seen in one's home, work and personal life. Serious mental illnesses like major depressive disorder can even lead to the death of those suffering from them. Mental illness is not something to be taken lightly.

Major depression is a huge challenge in today's society with approximately more than one in 15 people having suffered from a major depressive episode in the last year. Depression is seen in both sexes and in all ages, including children, although it's more common among females and those age 40-59. But many people suffer with depression needlessly because they don't know what depression really is and don't get appropriate treatment. While anyone can write a list of clinical symptoms, it's how depression manifests in real people that really makes a mark.

That's where this seminar comes in. This seminar focuses not only on the clinical facts surrounding major depression such as the recognized risk factors, symptoms and treatments, but also on how depression really impacts a person. Firsthand accounts of how depression feels and how depression treatment feels are included to ensure that this seminar is fact-based and person-centered. Attendees will learn about the basics of mental illness, all about depression and how it manifests in real people, what it's like to live with depression, the stigma around depression, depression treatments and what it's like to be treated for depression. Day one will focus on living with depression while day two will focus on living through depression treatment. The seminar will end with ways of supporting a person with major depression.

Why you should attend:
In 2015, approximately 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all adults in the United States. International numbers mirror these. This is a worldwide health concern that cannot be ignored.

And while there are many resources that can tell a person about the clinical implications depression, what often gets lost is the human element. What few resources focus on is what it really feels like to have to live with depression and depression treatments.
This seminar focuses on depression both in a clinical and in a personal sense. Attendees will learn what depression is medically and they will also hear firsthand accounts of what depression and depression treatment feels like. This is an opportunity not only to get the real facts about depression but also to understand the impact depression truly has on a person's life.

This seminar is being led by Natasha Tracy, a noted mental health advocate and author, who has been living with the realities of depression for decades. It is her perspective on depression that makes this seminar unique. It is truly a person-centered approach to learning about this serious illness and will benefit all those dealing with depression or depression treatment in themselves or others.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Technical definitions of mental illness, mood disorders and depression vs how mental illness is experienced in the real world
  • History of depression as a mental illness
  • Biological evidence of depression as a physical illness
  • Diagnosis of depression
  • Causes of depression
  • Additional depression symptoms such as catatonia, psychosis, etc.
  • Effects of depression
  • Perceptions of those with depression
  • Stigma and mental illness
  • Short- and long-term treatment options for depression
  • Depression treatment specifics
  • Treatment issues for the person with depression
  • Prognosis of those with depression - both negative and positive outcomes
  • Supporting someone with depression
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Day 1 Schedule

Lecture 1 (90 Mins):
The Realities of Mental Illness
How to Talk About Mental Illness
Introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Types of Mental Illness
Mood Disorders
Types of Depression

Lecture 2 (90 Mins):

  • A Medical History of Depression
  • Biological Evidence for Depression as a Physical Illness
  • Diagnosis of Depression
  • Measuring Depression
  • Causes of Depression
  • Risk Factors for Depression

Lecture 3 (90 Mins):

  • Other Experiences Those with Depression Have
  • Effects of Depression
  • Seeing Depression in Other People or in Yourself
  • How Depression Symptoms Feel
  • How a Person with Depression Thinks
  • Firsthand Accounts of What It's Like to Live with Depression

Lecture 4 (90 Mins):

  • Negative Perceptions of Those with Mental Illnesses Like Depression
  • Defining Mental Illness Stigma
  • Exploring Why Stigma Exists
  • How Stigma Affects Those with Depression
  • Famous People Who Have Battled Depression
  • How to Combat Stigma in Everyday Situations

Day 2 Schedule

Lecture 1 (90 Mins):

  • Acute Depression Treatment Options
  • Long-Term Depression Treatment Options
  • What Depression Treatments Are Best?

Lecture 2 (90 Mins):

  • Treatment of Depression with Medication
  • Psychotherapeutic Treatments for Depression
  • Other Forms of Depression Treatment
  • Depression Treatment Side Effects
  • Depression Treatments on the Horizon, New Research

Lecture 3 (90 Mins):

  • Issues Around Suicide and Acute Depression Treatment
  • How to Tell Others About Depression
  • Barriers to Depression Treatment
  • Firsthand Accounts of What It Feels Like to Be Treated for Depression
  • Helping Someone Get Depression Treatment
  • Helping When Someone Refuses Depression Treatment

Lecture 4 (90 Mins):

  • Depression Prognosis
  • Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
  • Positive Outcomes
  • Challenging Outcomes
  • What People with Depression Wish Other People Would Understand
  • How to Support Someone with Depression
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  • Natasha Tracy Natasha Tracy,
    Author ,

    Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and social media consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She works to bring quality, insightful and trusted information on bipolar disorder and related illnesses to the public while engaging with the mental health community. Natasha is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder and her thoughts on it have been sought by the media and academics. In 2015, Natasha coauthored her first formal paper, Results From an Online Survey of Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Unmet Needs in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder, published in the Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders journal.

    Natasha was the proud recipient of the Beatrice Stern Media Award, an #ErasingtheStigma Leadership Award, presented by Didi Hirsch of Los Angeles in 2014. Her Bipolar Burble has been named a top 10 health blog by Healthista,, Healthline and others. Natasha has also been named one of the top four online influencers in mental health by Natasha has made appearances at the National Council’s Behavioral Health Conference, on HuffPost Live, on HealthiNation and others. In addition to her long-running blog on HealthyPlace, Breaking Bipolar, her writing has been featured on the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom, Huffington Post, HealthLine, PsychCentral and elsewhere.

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  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • General practitioners
  • Anyone working with those with depression
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San Diego, CA

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