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Beyond the Blues: When Sadness Becomes Depression

Webinar #4: Beyond the Blues: When Sadness Becomes Depression

How do you know if you just have the “blues” or if it’s something more serious? And what can you do about it?

If you often feel deep sadness, hopelessness or anger, if you’ve lost interest in activities that used to bring you joy, you could be affected by a treatable illness: depression. This can happen almost without your realizing it. And you’re not alone. 

The latest research tells us that military caregivers experience symptoms of depression at a higher rate than the general population. Facing constant demands to help your spouse or family member with physical and behavioral challenges can weigh heavily on your own health--physical and mental. 

View this Beyond the Blues: When Sadness Becomes Depression. Most importantly, you’ll also learn about specific tools to help you reduce stress, change negative thinking and ask for what you need from others--positive steps that will benefit you and help you manage care challenges.

Guest Speakers included: 

Christina Irving is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Family Caregiver Alliance for 8 years.  As a Family Consultant, she conducts in-home assessment with family caregivers, teaches psychoeducational classes, and provides individual counseling.  She is a trainer with the National Veterans Caregiver Training program.  

Leah Eskenazi, MSW is a 26 yr veteran in designing, developing and delivering caregiver programs and services. Her career spans human service nonprofits, healthcare and government agencies. She serves as the Director of Operations for Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) overseeing efforts to promote the health and well-being of family caregivers. She is regularly consulted by the media and is a requested caregiver content expert. Leah has facilitated National Veterans Caregiver Training classes since 2011 and drafted core content for the published curriculum.

Debbie Sprague is the author of “A Stranger in My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." She is an advocate for veterans and their families, speaking, training and providing education to those who care for, and about our wounded warriors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, with a minor in psychology, graduating with honors from California State University (CSU), Chico. Debbie is a Board Certified Life Coach, specializing in wellness and life solutions for caregivers, and families of veteran’s suffering from PTSD and TBI.

Additional Resources

Beyond the Blues Resource List (*PDF)

Transcript for the above webinar, "Beyond the Blues" (*PDF)

Slides from the above webinar, "Beyond the Blues" (*PDF)

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