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Book Review: Unholy Ghost – Writers on Depression

Good books on depression aren’t always easy to find.  Strolling down the “mental health” aisle in Barnes & Noble, I found an array of old and new titles written by experts or depression sufferers. I’ve read many. Lots are retreads of descriptions and insights made in countless books I’ve perused before. Some more eloquent, others boring or poorly penned. The book Unholy Ghost does not fall into that category. The … read more →


Out of the Blue of Depression

August. It seems like the sweet sun’s been high in a blue sky for months. It’s steamy outside. But that’s just fine with me.  My feet aren’t cold, dark clouds don’t threaten snow, and everyone’s outside watering yards and going for walks at night. Author Natalie Babbitt captures some of  summer’s magic when she writes: “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of … read more →


What’s Up? Gratitude and Depression

When first squashed by clinical depression years ago, some told me to think of all the things I had to be thankful for – as if this would cure my “blues.” But I didn’t have the blues. I didn’t just feel “sad.”  I had an illness.  I had entered a long, dark tunnel.  I didn’t see a glimmer of light at the end of it.  I wandered in it for years … read more →


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Depression in the News

The Fascinating Link Between Eating Full-Fat Yogurt and a Lower Risk of Depression

Women who regularly eat full-fat yogurt may be less likely to develop depression than those who eat it less often, according to a new study of nearly 15,000 people. Although the research could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the authors suggest that probiotics—live bacterial cultures present in fermented foods—may play a role in influencing mood. Read the rest of the Story.


Many Depressed Adults Not Getting Treatment: Study

Most American adults who suffer from depression aren’t getting treatment, a new study finds. After screening survey data on more than 46,000 people, researchers found that 8 percent had depression, but only a third were being treated for the mood disorder. Read the rest of the Story.


Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About His Drive, His Father and Depression on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

Billboard magazine has a new interview with Bruce Springsteen and his new book, Born to Run, where he opens up about his depression: “It lasted for a long time,” but “didn’t affect my playing. It sneaks up on you.” Read the Rest of the Story.


Are Burnout and Depression the Same Thing?

A new article in the Wall Street Journal writes: “Burnout and depression are seen as two distinct health conditions in the medical world. A new study suggests they may be closer to one. Burnout is assumed to be related to job stress, but it may be a depressive syndrome that develops in response to chronic stress, researchers suggest. Read the rest of the Story.


LWD in the News

The Addicted Lawyer: Science is Deadly

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Attorney Brian Cuban writes: “July 2005. A dark room. Table, desk, chairs. I’m with a staff psychiatrist of the Green Oaks Psychiatric Facility in Dallas, Texas. My brothers, Mark and Jeff, are sitting at the table across from me. I have a vague recollection of my younger brother rousing me from my bed. My .45 automatic lying on my nightstand.” Read the rest of the Blog.


Meriden Lawyer’s Suicide Puts Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness

The Connecticut legal community was shocked to learn that longtime Meriden attorney John Ivers Jr. took his own life last week near a local pond after having been reported missing a couple days earlier.The 50-year-old lawyer, who had practiced since 1992, left behind a family, including three children. His father, the late John Ivers, was also a longtime attorney in the state. Read the News.


The Struggle: When Your BigLaw Firm Forces You Out Because of Your Depression and Alcoholism

A lawyer writes about her experiences as a law clerk and lawyer at a BigLaw firm: “In law school, my anxiety level slowly ramped up after my first year.  I was at a second-tier law school, and I knew grades were absolutely critical.  I thought everything would get better when I landed a BigLaw gig. The BigLaw firm, though, was a haven of high-functioning (and not so high-functioning) alcoholics.” Read the rest of the Blog.


Four Things Resilient Lawyers Do Differently

From the website Law Practice Today: “Resilience has a strong protective function. You need resilience to effectively tackle everyday hassles like managing your workload, dealing with opposing counsel, or working through a challenging situation with your significant other. You also need resilience to bounce back and grow from the big stuff like losing a big client, a death in the family, or divorce. Lawyers who develop resilience skills gain many benefits.” Find out 4 things you can do to build resilience. Read the Blog


The Best of the Blogosphere

5 Ways You Can Help a Friend Suffering From Depression

It can be difficult to figure out what to say or do when you sense a friend is struggling with some kind of depression.  Here’s a quick and easy list that can help.  Read the blog.


9 Steps to Treat Your Depression Naturally

Depression blogger, Therese Borchard makes a great list of things you can do in addition to therapy and medication, such as yoga, alternative forms of medication, and eliminating foods and substances that trigger inflammation.  Read her Blog


Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Psychologist Margaret Wehrenberg writes, “Such fears block full participation in life. They stop people from meeting potential romantic partners, trying for a promotion at work or cause a person to get weaker and lonelier with each passing mealtime. Facing fear is one of the great challenges in life, and not facing fear is a great cause of depression. Whenever fear wins, it gets stronger. And whenever people give in to fear they feel less able, less competent, less positive about themselves, i.e., more depressed”. Read her Blog


The Culture of Depression: Nature, Materialism, and Depression

Dr. Robert J. Hedaya writes, “The physical world we have created and within which the incidence of depression is most rapidly rising is the densely populated Western city. It is made of concrete, steel, glass and asphalt.Most of us do not know, in our bones, the slowly changing rhythms of the forest, through the seasons, and year after year. We can only see time passing in the faces of our loved ones, or the mirror, but we do not experience the naturalness of the passage of time via a changing, slowly morphing landscape around us”. Read his Blog