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Travels With George: Depression Takes a Backseat

A year ago, I started to volunteer at a Church on the East Side of Buffalo, the poorest and most segregated section of town rife with a high crime rate, violence, drug trafficking, and prostitution. And right in the middle of it all is St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. St. Luke’s was an abandoned Catholic Church twenty-five years ago that had become empty and useless after the Polish immigrants who … read more →

Dan’s Tips for Weaving Together A Recovery Plan to Heal Your Depression

What will make the pain of depression stop? Sometimes the ache is dull, other times sharp. It can last a few hours, days, or weeks. This is ground zero for depression sufferers. What can I do to feel better? The answer is often elusive.  Many don’t know where to get help, let alone walk the path of healing. Recovery starts and sputters for others: they feel better on a med, … read more →

Too Much Stress Can Lead to Depression

  I listened to a National Public Radio segment about the connection between playing NFL football and brain trauma. One retired running back said that each time he was hit when carrying the ball it was “like being in a high-impact car accident”. What a tremendous cost to pay, I thought. For many of us, daily life is so demanding and stressful that it’s like being in a series of … read more →

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Depression in the News

During 2013 to 2016, 8.1 Percent of U.S. Adults Had Depression

During 2013 to 2016, 8.1 percent of American adults aged 20 years and older had depression in a given two-week period, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.  Read more here.

No Longer Taboo: Americans Embrace Testing, Treatment for Mental Illnesses

Connecting Patients to the drug that best fits their genetic makeup-a discipline called pharmacogenetics-is gaining in popularity, including amongst those suffering from mental illness.  Recent research suggests that 2 in 3 Americans suffering from mental illness are interested in taking a genetic test to determine their best treatment plan. Read more here.

Cornell Researchers Create Mental Health Personal Aid

An innovative approach to counteract feelings of stress, anxiety and other negative mental states, this watch-like device allows users to feel gentle vibrations on their wrist when their heart rate increases.  Read about it here.

New Toronto Research Hub to Focus on Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness

New Research hub will focus on populations suffering from developmental disabilities and/or psychiatric disorders, becoming the first in Canada to do so.  Experts say research conducted at the center will help doctors to stop conflating disability and mental illness, in so doing allowing for more effective diagnoses and treatment options.  Read about it here.

LWD in the News

Lawyer Well-Being is a Focus of ABA Proposal

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates on Monday will Consider a Proposal Urging Law Firms, Law Schools, Bar Associations and others to bolster their mental health and substance abuse problems.  Read about it here.

The Depressed Lawyer: Recognizing and Helping Those in Crisis

Good article touching on symptoms of depression and how it is affecting the legal community.  Also offers a wonderful reminder that even the smallest positive and/or loving gestures can make someones day.  Read it here.

T14 Law Students Death Ruled Drug Overdose

Tragic overdose at University of Pennsylvania Law is part of broader trend of high levels of substance use in law school.  Story is accompanied by important message encouraging law students that there are resources/opportunities for them to seek help for themselves and/or colleagues.  Read it here.

Hidden Testimony: Substance Abuse Among Attorneys

Reporting on the correlation between stress, anxiety and depression and lawyer attempts to self medicate that is so prevalent in the legal profession.  Read it here.

The Best of the Blogosphere

Attorney Mental Health and Wellness

Great podcast interview with Florida State Law Professor Larry Krieger expounds upon why Attorneys often struggle with depression and the wellbeing factors that may lead to satisfaction in a legal career.  Listen here.

20 Shades of Sadness: Why Do We Get Depressed?

In answer to the question, ‘can we improve the success rates of treatment for depression?’ Dr. Azab answers with a ‘definite yes.’  She believes correctly and thoroughly diagnosing the interrelated yet distinct causes of depression is the key first step in doing so.  Read more here.

The Most Important Missing Link for Mental Health Today

Great blog about one of the more overlooked factors contributing to poor mental health-an unhealthy diet.  Like many aspects of mental illness, poor nutrition and a negative mental state reinforce each other, creating a downward spiral that affects both physical and mental well being.  And like in other aspects of our lives, it can be very beneficial to be mindful of what we eat and even how we prepare our meals.  Read more here.

Staying Awake: The Surprisingly Effective Way to Treat Depression

Interesting article that looks into the nature of sleep as well as the nature of depression, and their relationship.  Treatment rests on the hypothesis that sleep deprivation has the opposite effect on people suffering from mental illness than it does on those who are healthy.  Read more here.