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The Depression Epidemic in the Legal Profession

I was interviewed by Jay Coulter on the Conquer Worry show.  Listen to this Podcast.

Pushing Back Against Depression

Depression will push our backs up against the wall. It often seems bigger than us: a bully. If we let it, it will pound us down. So, we’ve got to push back. If we don’t fight back, together with the help of others, depression can consume our lives leaving only our pulse and some air in our lungs, but precious little else. The vitality, the passion and full array of … read more →

Living Life at Midlife

“You know, we’re both in the autumn of our lives,” a friend said recently on his 52nd birthday. I nodded at this bittersweet truth. I turned 54 this month – not old, but not so young anymore. After my morning coffee, I took a detour on my way to work. There’s a beautiful forest with walking trails nearby. It was early and only a few other strollers were on the … read more →

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Depression in the News

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Opens Up About His Depression

US Weekly Magazine reports: “He seems like the one of the most confident, upbeat people in Hollywood, but action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is opening up about his struggle with depression on Oprah’s Master Class.” Read the News

Depressed? Look for Help From a Human, Not a Computer

National Public Radio reports, “Online programs to fight depression are already commercially available, and while they sound efficient and cost-saving, a study out of the U.K. reports that they’re not effective, primarily because depressed patients aren’t likely to engage with them or stick with them.” Read the rest of the News


‘Insufficient’ Evidence to Suggest Omega-3 Supplements Help Treat Depression

New research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids have numerous health benefits. But according to a new Cochrane review, there is insufficient evidence to suggest they are beneficial for major depression.  Read the rest of the News

New York City Finds One in Five Adults Has Mental Health Problems

Reuters reports, “At least one in five adult New Yorkers, or about 8.4 million residents, suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year, according to a report released on Thursday ahead of Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s new mental-health initiative.” Read the News


LWD in the News

Lawyers, Don’t Let Perfectionism Ruin Your Health

Duke University Law grad, Jennifer Alvey explores why lawyers have such poor mental and physical health: “Part of the answer lies in lawyers’ predisposition toward perfectionism. I often encounter lawyers who can only envision doing something if they can be all in. Doing something less-than-perfectly is seen as failure. When it comes to exercise and diet, this kind of thinking can set anyone up for failure because they will try to make big, grand changes at once, be unable to sustain them, and quickly quit in disgust.”  Read the rest of her Blog

The Untold Story of Dallas D.A. Susan Hawk

She had always dreamed about being Dallas County district attorney. But as her career took off, her personal life was falling apart—divorce, pain pills, thoughts of suicide. After two months of treatment, she says she’s ready once again to serve. Is she up to the job? Read the News

Take the Screen! Lawyers Suffer From Depression About 3.6 Times More Than Non-lawyers

Katherine Bender, Ph.D., writes: “What are the barriers to getting a screening for depression? Why do we see over and over again law students and attorneys trying to ‘white-knuckle’ through another day?”  Kate encourages law student and lawyers to take this on-line depression screening test. Read her Blog

The Reason Why Big Law Lawyers Are Unhappy

The website LawFuel reports: “A recent report shows that just 44 percent of BigLaw lawyers report satisfaction with their careers, compared to 68 percent of public sector lawyers.”  Read the News

The Best of the Blogosphere

How Generosity Makes You a Happier Person

Helping others has a powerful effect on mood and can help us feel better.  Read the Blog

How Vulnerable Are You to Relapse

Blogger Carol Richard writes in Esperanza magazine writes about depression relapse: “As solid as mine or anyone’s recovery may be, it doesn’t stop the illness from trying to get out & start taking over our lives again. It’s the nature of chronic health issues – why we can only MANAGE our health, not CONTROL it. Great ideas here. Read the Blog

How Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Endanger Your Health

This time of year, as the amount of sunshine diminishes, can be tough on those who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression.  There are things we can do to help ourselves.  Read the Blog

How Much Should You Push Yourself with Depression?

Depression blogger, Therese Borchard writes: “In deciding whether or not to push yourself, you must first ask yourself if you are doing this thing — a job, a new class, having lunch with someone — because you WANT to do it, or for other reasons.”  Read the Blog