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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 →

Summer On My Mind

I’m in Ottawa, Canada now. I’m on vacation with my family in this capital of Canada. It’s about a 5-hour drive from Buffalo, my hometown, and I’ve never been here before. It has a European sensibility with historical buildings everywhere. And it’s been hot; steamy, lava-like hot. But having endured yet another merciless Buffalo winter where the bitter cold felt epoxied to my hands and feet, I can’t complain. I’m … read more →

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Depression in 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

Chronic Childhood Stress Leaves Lasting Impact on Brain

Chronic stress experienced during childhood because of abuse or neglect has a lasting impact on the brain that can lead to adult depression and anxiety.  Read the News

LWD in the News

How Lawyers Can Increase Focus and Productivity With Mindfulness

Wonderful overview of the stress response that goes on in our bodies and how meditation counteracts it.  Read the Blog

5 Things I’d Tell My Young Self

Great piece from a lawyer who has been out of school for 10 years who asked himself, “What would I tell my first year lawyer self knowing what I know now?”  Read the Blog

A Lawyer’s Tale: Recovery From Depression

In this personal account, Keith Anderson describes his struggles with depression and how he has, again, found meaning and happiness in life. Read the News

The Startup Culture And The Happy Lawyer

You rarely hear about how big law offices can help lawyers de-stress.  What can be done about it?  Read the News

The Best of the Blogosphere

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

How Losing My Job Cured My Depression

Jim Armstrong had a great job, money and snazzy apartment.  But it wasn’t until he lost his job that he came to terms with just how empty and unhappy he was.  Read the Blog

10 Things I Do Everyday to Beat Depression

From blogger Therese Borchard, great things you can do to keep your depression at bay.  Read the Blog