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Travels With George: Depression Takes a Backseat

A year ago, I started to volunteer at a Church on the East Side of Buffalo, the poorest and most segregated section of town rife with a high crime rate, violence, drug trafficking, and prostitution. And right in the middle of it all is St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. St. Luke’s was an abandoned Catholic Church twenty-five years ago that had become empty and useless after the Polish immigrants who … read more →

Dan’s Tips for Weaving Together A Recovery Plan to Heal Your Depression

What will make the pain of depression stop? Sometimes the ache is dull, other times sharp. It can last a few hours, days, or weeks. This is ground zero for depression sufferers. What can I do to feel better? The answer is often elusive.  Many don’t know where to get help, let alone walk the path of healing. Recovery starts and sputters for others: they feel better on a med, … read more →

Too Much Stress Can Lead to Depression

  I listened to a National Public Radio segment about the connection between playing NFL football and brain trauma. One retired running back said that each time he was hit when carrying the ball it was “like being in a high-impact car accident”. What a tremendous cost to pay, I thought. For many of us, daily life is so demanding and stressful that it’s like being in a series of … read more →

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Depression in the News

Is Shock Therapy Being Underutilized in Treating Depression?

A growing number of researchers and psychiatrists are calling for a comeback for shock therapy.  The treatment, which largely fell out of fashion after negative portrayals in Hollywood films and elsewhere in popular culture, should be considered a viable, effective treatment for some mental health conditions, the scientists said.  Read more here.

How To Prevent Stress, Anxiety And Depression At Work

Great article on the strategies businesses can pursue to promote emotional well being in the workplace.  Also outlines the myriad financial incentives a firm has for proactively combatting physical and mental illness before ailments sap worker productivity and hurt the bottom line.  Read more here.

DNA Tests Can Take Some of the Guesswork Out of Treating Depression

Today, most psychiatrists rely on their education and experience to choose which of the dozens of FDA-approved antidepressants is likely to work best for a particular patient. But human biology (and especially the brain) is complex. So often, it’s not until a doctor’s second (or third or fourth…) “guess” that they land on a medication that’s effective.  Now, psychiatrists can use something far more concrete to guide their antidepressant decisions: a patient’s DNA.  Read more here.

A Depression Drug That Researchers Have Called ‘The Most Important Discovery in Half a Century’ Just Got a Big Lift

Ketamine, which has been called “the most important discovery in half a century,” just got a step closer to becoming the first new depression drug in 35 years.  Johnson & Johnson, one of the pharmaceutical companies pursuing the drug’s fast-acting antidepressant qualities, presented some promising new research on Saturday that could raise the drug’s profile as a potential treatment for the condition.  Read more here.

LWD in the News

The Bipolar Lawyer

The story of a lawyer who is dealing with bipolar disorder.  What it meant to him before, during and after his diagnosis as well as moving forward in his life.  Read it here.

The ‘Grisly Reality’ Behind Mental Health Issues At Harvard Law School

Harvard Law has taken a ‘cold, hard’ look at issues affecting their student body, one of which is student mental health.  The ‘grisly reality’ is that, in a survey taken last year, a quarter of the student body reported suffering from depression. Read more here.

The Legal Market Tears Lawyers Down, But They Can Survive

The sad truth is that too many lawyers end up taking their life after being beaten down by their career. In “Another Lawyer Suicide: How the Psychology of Being a Big Firm Lawyer Can Tear You Down,” Harrison Barnes explains that lawyers can prepare themselves and beat the psychological tear down that often comes with the legal industry by avoiding the external factors that they feel the constant need to measure up to.  Read it here.

Lawyers Rank Highest on ‘Loneliness Scale’, Study Finds

The Washington Post reported that Lawyers ‘outranked’ other professionals on a ‘loneliness scale’ in a survey of more than 1,600 workers, in which they are asked 20 loneliness related questions.  Read more here.

The Best of the Blogosphere

I Tried Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Cure My Depression. Here’s What Happened.

Great blog in which a man discusses his experience with depression and then his subsequent experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS); an innovative and relative new form of treatment that uses a pulsed magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.  This new treatment offers a lot of promise and yet there are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding its efficacy and side effects that may result from the treatment.  Read more here.

When Someone Mocks Your Mental Illness

Great blog from Jeanne Crouteau covering topics from stigma to coping strategies.  Really loved the last piece of advice; to paraphrase: “stay true to you-No matter what anybody says, you know the truth about your journey…(and) Whatever you do, just don’t give up!” Read more here.

Five Common Factors That Foster Recovery From Mental Illness

Great Blog on Psychology Today detailing the holistic approach to recovery from mental illness.  Going far beyond a narrow focus on symptom remission, this blog outlines new research that looks at the interconnected components a meaningful recovery entails and the hope such a recovery can bring meaning, success and joy back into the lives of those currently suffering from mental illness.  Read it here.

‘Listen to Your Body’: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About if You Have Depression

Insightful blog that reminds us the negative thinking and sense of guilt are not accurate reflections of ourselves but are instead the product of our depression.  As such we need to remember to challenge those thoughts and feelings, and to take the positive step of seeking support when we need to.  Read more here.