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Up, Up and Away: Lifting Depression By Tweaking Your Antidepressants

In my last post, I wrote about a recent downward turn in my mood. While not severe, it still sucked: low energy and motivation,  sadder more often than I’d like, and lack of joy in things that formerly made me happy. If felt like I had one foot in gooey, hot asphalt. I keep trying to yank it out to no avail. Finally, I called my trusty psychiatrist. His name’s … read more →


The Return: Slipping Back Into Depression

I’ve slipped a bit, lately. After months of relative peace, a return. First, it was the sadness.  I feel it when I wake up, eat my lunch, drive home from work, and hit the hay at night.  While its intensity varies, it’s always there coloring my days. My good sense of humor has caught the last bus, I feel a bone-wearying fatigue and withdraw from activities involving most people. It … read more →


Dan’s Roadmap on How to Pass the Bar Exam: The Final Few Days Before the Test

I’m sure the past two months 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

Are Depression and Excessive Screen Time Linked?

This article discusses a recent study analyzing the effects increased exposure to smart devices can have on mental health.  Predictably, an unhealthy amount of screen time increases one’s sense of isolation and loneliness while limiting their social interactions (dating, spending time with friends etc.).  Read the article here.


Brain Inflammation Linked to Suicidal Thinking in Depression

Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) have increased brain levels of a marker of microglial activation, a sign of inflammation, according to a new study. Scientists have found that the increase in the inflammatory marker was present specifically in patients with MDD who were experiencing suicidal thoughts, pinning the role of inflammation to suicidality rather than a diagnosis of MDD itself.  Read more here.


Sleep Deprivation Can Rapidly Reduce the Symptoms of Depression

It may sound counter-intuitive, but for decades it has been known that sleep deprivation can rapidly alleviate symptoms of depression. A new meta-analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania has examined more than 30 years worth of studies on the strange phenomenon and concluded that sleep deprivation can result in antidepressant effects in up to 50 percent of people.  Read the article here.


Magnetic Treatment Takes on Depression

This article in the Columbian Health Reporter details Todd Walker’s, a middle aged man suffering from major depressive disorder, experience with FDA-approved transcranial magnetic stimulation.  Read the article here.


LWD in the News

Depression Dominates Legal Industry, Starting at Law School

The Dave Nee Foundation reports that an average amount of students enter law school with depression, around 8-9 percent, but upon graduation, around 40 percent of law students will have depression. The leading cause of disability in the world and in the U.S. is depression. Some call depression an “epidemic,” which could very likely be accurate in the legal world.  Read the full article here.


Five Ways for Law Firms to Support Health and Wellness

This article, written by Jamie Spannhake for Attorneyatwork.com, details five ways firms can help their people reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognition, and access tools to survive, even thrive, in a difficult working environment.  Read the article here.


Lawyers Battle Addiction and Depression, too. Now They’re Starting to Talk About It.

After the suicides of two very talented and seemingly happy lawyers in South Florida, the Cuban American Bar Association invited Dallas based lawyer David Cuban (the younger brother of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban) to talk about his personal struggles with suicidal depression and addiction.  This Miami Herald article looks through the prism of Cubans personal struggle to examine some of the major problems affecting the legal profession.  Read the full article here.


Lawyer Wellness Should Be a Priority, Report Says

The Minnesota Lawyer reports, “In its entirety, the report provides an overview of a 2016 ABA study of 13,000 lawyers that showed between 21 and 36 percent of them qualify as problem drinkers and that approximately 28 percent, 19 percent, and 23 percent are struggling with some level of depression, anxiety, and stress, respectively.” Read the entire article here.

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The Best of the Blogosphere

Four Things You Can Do to #StopSuicide

Douglas Cootey’s latest blog was written with National Suicide Prevention Week in mind.  By delving into his own experience with thoughts and feelings of suicide, he is able to give some realistic, important, and ultimately uplifting advice for how to help yourself or someone you know step back from the precipice.  Read the blog here.


Suicidal Law Students Are No Laughing Matter

The latest installment of The Struggle, a series examining some of the mental health issues students encounter at Law School.  Read it here.


Yoga Could Complement Traditional Treatment for Depression

Recent studies suggest that yoga can be a useful tool to consider alongside traditional forms of treatment for depression, such as medication or psychotherapy.  Read the Harvard Health Blog Here.


5 Ted Talks For Depression

Faith, who has coped with anxiety and depression throughout her life, shares a blog with links to 5 great Ted Talks about depression.  The talks cover issues ranging from challenging stigma, to cognitive therapy, to everyday coping mechanisms.  Each talk is informational and inspiring, with all offering a sense of hope that is grounded in the pain of past experience and guided by the belief that we all possess the strength to overcome the personal challenges presented by mental illness.  Find them here.