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Judges Struggling With Depression: More Common Than You Think

I’ve written a lot on stress, anxiety and depression in the legal profession, but not about the judiciary. There has been much commentary, research and Law Journal articles about what ails law students and attorneys — but not about judges. I guess that’s not surprising.  In my work, I have spoken with scores of judges from all over the country.  It’s a noble, important calling in life.  But it’s also … read more →

18 Tips on How to Start a Depression Support Group

I started a depression support group seven years ago. It’s one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done. We started out with ten people.  It met once a month. Over time, it evolved into every-other week.  We now gather once a week.  I’ve been asked many times about how to start a depression support group.  Here are a few pointers to help you get going. They’re in no particular … read more →

Why It’s Important to Join a Depression Support Group

“What can I do to help my depression?” Well, there are many things you go do, really:  therapy, medication, etcetera, etcetera. But one idea you might not have given much thought to: join a depression support group.  There are many benefits.   I have belonged to one for the past seven years. Here are some of my thoughts about why it’s good for you and how to find one. Why It’s … read more →

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Depression in the News

How Do Highly Successful People Deal with Depression

Alice G. Walton at Forbes magazine asks the question, “How do highly-succesful people deal with their depression when it does strike – do the types of traits that help a person attain uber-success in the first place – i.e., motivation, stick-to-itiveness and resilience – also enable them to fight depression better?” Read the News

Does Facebook Cause Depression?

From National Public Radio, is there a connection between too much Facebook and clinical depression?  Read the News

Brain Imaging Can Predict How Well Psychotherapy May Work for Depression

New research shows that brain scans can predict which patient with clinical depression are not likely to benefit from a specific kind of talk therapy.  Read the News

One-Man Show Casts ‘Brilliant’ Light on Realities of Suicide, Depression

From NPR, imagine going to a small, off-Broadway show that relies heavily on audience participation – and it’s all about suicide depression and suicide.  Read the News

LWD in the News

First Steps for Disillusioned Lawyers

You are not alone in your discontent with law practice.  Lawyers continue to ask whether other work, either in law or another field, would better suit their interests and improve their quality of life. Here are some tips from career coach Edward Honnnold about steps you can take now to make changes.  Read the Blog

New ABA Book Leads Lawyers to Less Stress Through Yoga

The legal profession can be extraordinarily stressful.  Lawyers need techniques to dial down pain, worry and stress, and now an American Bar Association book helps them to do so through yoga. Read the News

How Woman Lawyers Can Manage Stress and Find Balance

Women struggle to find balance between the demands of being a lawyer and time not only taking care of their family, but themselves.  Read the Blog

Are Lawyers More Prone to Stress/Depression?

“A ‘work/life’ balance isn’t possible anymore. It’s really become a concept of ‘work/life blend’ because with technology people now carry their work around with them on their iphone/ipads so its difficult to shut off.” Read the Blog

The Best of the Blogosphere

Is Depression Dark Night of the Soul?

In Catholic circles, there’s something known as the “dark night of the soul,” a type of despair known to have afflicted Mother Teresa.  But is this experience the same thing as clinical depression?  Do they share anything in common?  Read the Blog

11 Statistics That Will Challange the Way You Think About Depression

There’s a power in numbers.  They tell a story.  Read these statistics about depression and see how it changes your perspective on this illness.  Read the Blog

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My Depression

Therapist and writer Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., spells out the lessons learned by authors of books about their own struggles with depression.  Read the Blog

10 Agonizing Truths Depressed People Never Talk About

Blogger Shireen Dadkhah writes, “Depression is different for everyone, but over the years I’ve notice a few things that don’t seem to waver.  They hold fast in their level of sulkiness and they seem to apply to most everyone I’ve talked to that’s dealt with depression.”  Read the Blog