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Inspired Gatherings
Kennebunk, ME
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Supporting A Loved One With Depression
Supporting A Loved One With Depression
with Bob Olson

December 10th, 2009
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
$35 per ticket*

Do you have a loved one who is currently suffering with depression? Perhaps your spouse, sibling, parent, adult child or friend is depressed and you'd like to know how to best help him or her? If so, this seminar is for you.

This seminar will teach you how to properly support your loved one with depression, how to know if medication or therapy is likely to help, and what you should "not" be doing or saying that could work against their mental health. Plus, this seminar will teach you how to avoid getting depressed yourself while helping your loved one manage and overcome their depression.

This seminar is not for the depressed, but rather for family members, caregivers and friends who are supporting a loved one with depression. Your role in the treatment and management of their disorder is significant, which is why its important to educate yourself in this way. Here is just a small sample of what you'll learn in this seminar regarding your loved one's depression:

- The two types of depression and how to know which one you are dealing with.
- How to know if therapy or medication (or both) is most likely to help.
- What you should and should not say to your depressed loved one.
- The most important step you can take to prevent a loved one's potential suicide.
- What to do if your loved one refuses the treatment his/her doctor recommends.
- How to identify a potential misdiagnosis.
- The most common cause for misdiagnosis.
- Where to begin getting financial support due to disability.
- What you need to know when taking your loved one to a hospital "emergency" visit related to their depression.

"If you're supporting someone with depression and you're not educated about their disorder," says Bob Olson, author of Win The Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula For Beating Depression (and the presenter of this seminar), "you might just be adding to the problem rather than helping it. Anyone who is willing to attend a seminar to educate himself or herself for the benefit of another is a true hero in my opinion, and a selfless one."


Learning how to help a loved one with clinical depression is also a lesson in how to help yourself. It's extremely difficult being a supporter. The depressed person's unpredictable mood swings, devastating despair, lack of energy, lack of hygiene and lack of libido are just the beginning of why it can be a thank-less, lonely and draining position for a loved one, especially spouses and parents. But there are ways to protect yourself from getting depressed yourself during the course of helping another, and this, too, will be covered in this seminar.

Here is just a small sample of what you'll learn in this seminar for your own benefit (as a supporter):

- Why a certain level of detachment from your loved one's depression is both possible and critical for your own sanity.
- The steps you can take for a healthy detachment.
- How to identify your erroneous beliefs about your loved one's depression that leave you feeling anger, resentment, responsible, victimized and hopeless.
- How to set boundaries in your relationship with your depressed loved one for everyone's benefit.
- What to tell yourself when you're feeling guilty about living your life with joy while your loved one is still suffering.
- How to deal with the ignorant comments of others who don't understand your loved one's depression.
- How to retain a sense of humor when supporting your depressed loved one.
- The benefits and welcomed challenges to expect when your loved one overcomes his or her depression.

This seminar will also be especially helpful to employers, teachers, community leaders, police and other government workers who care to understand clinical depression and bipolar disorder in order to help and better serve people dealing with these debilitating brain disorders. While it is rare that people in this group attend such seminars outside of their employment (usually because they must invest in the seminar themselves), what you will learn if you fall under this category will be invaluable to your day to day work. It will give you new insight, understanding and compassion for depressed and bipolar people with whom you are sure to interact with regularly (whether you are currently aware of it or not).

"My intention for presenting this seminar at this date," says Olson, "is to teach supporters and caregivers how to help their depressed loved ones get through the holidays with the least amount of suffering and certainly without taking their own life. What I'll be teaching is the same information supporters need to know all year through except that it's more vital that they know this information now than ever. And this is not just a gift you give to your depressed loved one; it's a gift you give to yourself."


Since people with bipolar disorder also suffer with depression due to their chemical imbalance in the brain, both the manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder will also be discussed. Clinical depression and bipolar disorder are closely related and often one is misdiagnosed for the other, which is why supporters of loved ones with bipolar disorder will also benefit a great deal from this seminar even though the emphasis will be on the depressive phase.


Throughout this event description, the term "clinical depression" has been used. The word "clinical" (often replaced with "chemical") refers to any depression that has lasted for more than a few weeks to months (or even years). It also refers to a disorder of the brain that causes a chemical imbalance that requires treatment. So far, there is no known treatment for clinical (chemical) depression or bipolar disorder outside of medication that is as reliable, consistent and long lasting. Therefore, Bob will discuss the importance of medication as treatment for clinical depression, even though he firmly believes in alternative, holistic treatments for many illnesses and disorders. As a result, if you are firmly rooted in your beliefs against medication for treating clinical depression, this seminar is not for you.


Bob Olson suffered from a depression that lasted 5 years (from 1989 to 1994). In his attempt to overcome his depression, he tried over 15 medications and combinations thereof, went to 3 doctors and 2 ECT specialists, endured 21 shock treatments (known as ECT), and eventually found a treatment that worked for him, which has kept him depression-free for over 15 years.

Bob's book, Win The Battle, was published by Chandler House Press in 1999. In 2007, he wrote an ebook titled How To Beat Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Bob has been interviewed by Womens Day magazine, Redbook magazine, US News & World Report magazine and dozens of radio stations, television news programs and New England newspapers. He has spoken at support groups across the country and was the keynote speaker for the MDDA at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Bob is not a medical doctor and this seminar is not intended to take the place of medical advice. This seminar is intended to help supporters of people with depression or bipolar disorder better support their loved ones in their struggle to manage and overcome their suffering in cooperation with their doctor's treatment, advice and recommendations.

Ticket Info:

*There is a ticket surcharge at time of purchase. Ticket purchases can also be made by telephone via this ticket agency at 1-800-838-3006. Call that number for all ticket transaction and credit card transaction questions. No refunds after ticket purchase.



Inspired Gatherings
35 Western Ave (Route 9)
Kennebunk, ME 04043
United States

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