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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 →


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 caught the last bus. A bone-wearying fatigue settles in as I withdraw from activities involving people. I go … read more →


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Depression in the News

Floating Away Your Anxiety and Stress

This new treatment seeks to combat stress and anxiety-as well as related symptoms such as increased blood pressure and racing mental activity-by allowing patients to float in extremely salinated water for around an hour at a time.  The treatment is still in its testing phases but has proven to be an attractive alternative to medication for many suffering from PTSD, injured athletes, and those suffering from chronic pain and anxiety.  Read the NPR article here.


No Sweat: Small Doses of Exercise May Ward Off Depression

Small doses of exercise, if performed consistently, can be effective tools for combatting depression.  A new study from Australia finds that even as little as one hour of exercise a week can elevate one’s mood, regardless of age or gender.  Read the article here.


What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, What are the Symptoms and is SAD Different from Depression?

This article details the symptoms as well as the remedies of a disorder that seasonally affects somewhere between 10-20% of Americans.  Read it here.


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.


LWD in the News

What Resilient Lawyers Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack, a contributor who writes about stress-resilience, burnout and well being at work discusses how the ability for lawyers to adapt to a changing workplace environment is essential for resilience.  Part of the challenge of doing so involves greater flexibility in how lawyers approach problems, receiving criticism constructively and developing positive working relationships with your colleagues.  Read the article here.


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.


The Best of the Blogosphere

Legal Podcasts You Have to Tune In To Right Now

A list of ten legal podcasts touching on different aspects of the law-from ethics to mental health- through personal (and often inspiring) stories and contemporary developments across the legal community.  Intelligent, informative, and uplifting these podcasts are worth checking out when you have the time.  Find them here.


Mental Health Days: A Necessity or a Burden

Fourteen members of Forbes Coaches Council discuss several ways mental health days benefit employees and companies or possibly hinder their activity, as some critics suggest the practice can increase the stigma surrounding mental illness, leading to a deeper sense of alienation and ultimately, poor performance.  Read their opinions here.


Lawyer Burnout and the Finish Line Problem

This blog by attorney turned therapist Will Meyerhofer discusses how a constant stream of fresh, time-consuming challenges, what he terms the “finish line” problem, contributes to burn out in the legal profession.  As Mr. Meyerhofer explains, it is very difficult to, upon successfully completing a marathon (and giving it everything you to do so in the process), be told that you must be ready to run a new one almost immediately.  Read it here.


How Writing About my Mental Illness Helped Me Come to Terms With It

Great blog about the personal challenges and insecurities associated with sharing the reality of a diagnosed mental illness with your friends and colleagues.  Hattie Gladwell discusses how writing helped her overcome these challenges and allowed her to be true to herself and those she is closest with.  Read her blog here.