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The Death of Robin Williams, Depression and Suicide

Our hearts are broken. This funny, kind and gentle man is gone. He, like the 30,000 other souls that commit suicide each year in this country, was struck down by depression. Many people find it incomprehensible that someone so talented, beloved, good and wealthy could take his own life. One commenter from Fox, Sheppard Smith, (not surprising, I guess) called him a “coward.” What a cowardly thing to say from a … read more →

The Great Depression: Why So Many Lawyers Struggle With Depression

Jay Coulter of The Worry Cure podcast show contacted me to talk about my own experiences with depression and explain why so many lawyers struggle. Listen to the interview here.

Dan’s Tips On How To Pass The Bar Exam

I’m sure the past six weeks of studying for the bar exam have been grueling, if not punishing for you all. Looking out the window at Starbucks while reading a BarBri outline on Contracts as others stroll by in shorts and flip-flops on their way to a summer’s day of fun and frivolity can make you want to scream, “I have had enough of this. Let’s just get it over … read more →

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Depression in the News

Breaking Bad Habits: You Can Do It

From The Washington Post, a story about Richard O’Connor, Ph.D.’s latest book, Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior.  Read the News

3 Steps Out Of Your Hidden Depression

From The Huffington Post, Dr. Margaret Rutherford writes about three things you can do to help your depression.  Read the News

Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk

Chronic stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests.  Read the News

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

National Public Radio reports on a new survey of more than 2,500 Americans who say that one of biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news.  Read the Story

LWD in the News

Former Attorneys Make The Case For Lawyer Therapy

The Detroit News reports on two lawyers who quit their jobs to open a therapy practice devoted to helping distressed lawyers.  Read the News

[Infographic] Break The Bonds Of Depression: Be The Happy Lawyer You Were Meant To Be

Check out this great graphic which lays out interesting facts and statistics regarding lawyer depression.  Read the News

The Worst Part Of The Bar Exam: It’s Time To Drop Mental Health Questions

Slate reports that most state bar examiners still ask bar applicants about their mental health histories.  It would be illegal for an employer to do so, but the state can do it.  And it does. Read the News

The Mystery Of A Popular Professor’s Death, Solved

Above the Law‘s David Lat reports on the suicide of a prominent Vermont Law School Professor after a brave battle with depression.  Read the News

The Best of the Blogosphere

Gratitude: 25 Things To Be Grateful For Now!

Gratefulness is a powerful antidote to unhappiness.  Read the Blog

Learned Optimism: Happiness, Depression, and The Meaning of Life

What 25 years of research reveal about the cognitive skills of happiness and finding life’s greater purpose.  Read the Blog

Depression Isn’t An Addiction: It’s An Illness

Blogger, Therese Borchard writes, “There are those who believe that people become addicted to depression much like a kid becomes reliant on his blankie.  These negative thought patterns, if left unchallenged, create a false sense of security.  Some believe that a person can get too comfortable with the apathy and emptiness of depression.  Read the Blog

Three Self-Defining Words

From Esperanza Magazine, a site dedicated to helping folks cope with depression and anxiety, blogger Carol Kivler writes, “Here are three essential words to incorporate into your life – Encouraged, Empowered and Enlightened.  Read the Blog