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Gunslingers: How Lawyers Can Better Handle Stress

We avatars of the legal system, we hired guns who ride into town and shoot up saloons, measure our success by the notches on our dusty belts: Did I win or lose? Or, perhaps more accurately, is it: Am I a winner or a loser? There is a thrill about winning and being successful, however we define it — but also a lot of stress. Results, bottom-line bastards that they … read more →

Batten Down the Hatches: Surviving a Depression Hurricane

I’ve always been fascinated by all sorts of weather calamities. But none holds my attention more than a hurricane. Though I’ve never been in one, I marvel at their power and size; spinning vortexes of  blistering wind manipulated into different colors on The Weather Channel’s satellite video. Many who are struck by major depression feel like they’re in a hurricane. They may have sailed in calm waters for much of … read more →

It’s The Thought That Matters: Depression’s Distorted Thinking

I was talking with my best friend, Steve, over some spicy noodles at our favorite Thai restaurant last week. We’ve been chums for the past 17 years.  He’s a Political Science professor at the University at Buffalo here in town.  Steve’s grey beard and glasses make him look like a long-lost relative of Sigmund Freud.  Our lunchtime talks are always illuminating and, frequently, laugh-filled.  Steve has never suffered from depression. … read more →

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Depression in the News

Blood Test for Depression Developed

Scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago say they have identified nine chemicals in the blood which are raised during depression.  They have divised a blood test which measures three of these chemicals to diagnose depression.  Read the News

6 Things I Want My Sons to Know About my Depression

From The Today Show website, Ron Mattocks writes about what he wants to tell his sons so they’ll understand why he acts the way he does when depressed.  Read the News

Depression Best Managed by Staying on Job

A new study has found that going to work when depressed has more therapeutic value than staying home and taking sick leave.  Read the News

How My Mother’s Depression Shaped My Whole Life

From The Washinton Post, Ann Mastergeorge writes, “When I think back to my mother when I was a child, I don’t have a single memory of her smiling.  She suffered from chronic, lifelong depression, and it affected me and my four siblings every day.”  Read the News

LWD in the News

Lawyer’s Lament: But I Don’t Have a Calling

A powerful blog from Jennifer Alvey about how lawyers fail to leave the profession because they can’t define exactly what it is they would like to do.  Read the Blog

Lawyers Who Switch Careers Find Happiness in Baking, Tech and Other Fields

The Washington Post reports that many lawyers are chucking the legal biz and finding joy in other types of work.  Read the News

Are Lawyers More Likely to Suffer from Addiction?

In this piece, psychologist M.K. El-Youself, Ph.D. explores a critical topic. Read the Blog

Law School Quadruples the Changes of Depression for Tens of Thousands: Some Changes That Might Help

Kate Mayer Mangan reports in The Huffington Post about the disturbing connection between learning to “think like a lawyer” in law school and the high rates of depression in its students.  Read the News

The Best of the Blogosphere

Am I Depressed or Just Surrounded by #!%holes?

Elvira Aletta, Ph.D. at her website writes, “Assholes somehow wake us feel like dopes for being nice” and when we see them everyday at work or school, “maintaining your anger is difficult and eventually our self-esteem begins to erode leading to feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, sadness, depression.”  Read the Blog

12 Tips for Getting Regular Exercise – and the Benefits for Happiness and Fitness

From Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project website, 12 tips for getting and keeping your butt moving.  Read the Blog

Why You Can’t Wish Depression Away

Folks struggling with depression fight it by trying their best to push it away, but all too often, fall back into a deep well.  John Folk-Williams, creator of the website Storied Mind, explains why we can’t will depression away.  Read the Blog

Living with Major Depression: Dan’s Story

A story by Beth Orenstein at the website Everyday Health about my experience with major depression.  Read the Blog