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God and Depression

“Does God care about me?” “Why do I suffer so, Jesus?” “Please help me, God” “Where are you? Do you even exist?” People suffering from depression ask these questions in the silence of their hearts. They cry out to God just as others have for millennia when faced with great sorrow: “My tears have been my food day and night.” Psalm 42:3. Beyond therapeutic and psychopharmacological bromides, we all seek … read more →

Depression Takes the Fun Out of Life: How to Bounce Back!

You probably take life very seriously if you’re depressed. It’s probably the result of neurochemistry gone awry and a particularly dark and pessimistic take on reality that makes you feel helpless and hopeless. Getting pleasure out of life, playing and fun are often lost in depression’s onslaught. When not depressed, I have a goofy sense of humor that bursts forth without warning: just ask my family! I also love to … read more →

The Magicians: How Lawyers With Depression Disappear

One of my favorite things to watch as a child with my dad was The Ed Sullivan Show; an extravaganza of bands, comedians and ventriloquists all hamming it up in front of a live audience and folks across America glued to their first generation color T.V. sets. I once saw a famous magician perform, right after Liberace.  He stepped into a giant box onstage that he had set fire to … read more →

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Depression in the News

Lack of Meaning in Life Linked to Substance Abuse, Depression

A new study has found that a lack of meaning in life, considered an important dimension of spirituality, is associated with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, as well as anxiety and depression.  Read the News

Depressive Rumination and the Idling Brain

Depressed people often find themselves preoccupied with guilty, shameful and self-defeating thoughts for large parts of the day.  A new study sheds light on the brain mechanisms that give rise to depressive realism.  Read the News

Manipulating Molecule in the Brain Improved Stress Response

Researchers have found that increasing the levels of a signaling molecule found in the brain can positively alter the brain’s response to stress, revealing a potential new therapeutic target for depression. Read the News

Stress Found to Influence Brain Methods and Reduce Self-Control

After a stressful day at work, good intentions concerning dieting and exercise can quickly go out the window.  Now, a new study has demonstrated how stress can influence regions of the brain involved with self-control.  Read the News

LWD in the News

Sad Lawyers Syndrome and How to Prevail

Under the pressure and stress of practicing, lawyers can suffer from “Sad Lawyers Syndrome”.  What can you do about it?  Read the Blog

Should Mental Health Questions Remain on Bar Applications

A resolution that would remove several questions about mental health on bar applications was proposed and discussed last month by the ABA’s House of Delegates.  Read the News

Ken White Talks About Livings and Thriving as an Attorney with Depression

Ken interview explores his pain and recovery from depression.  Listen to the Podcast

Proactive Approach to Lawyer Wellness

The Canadian Bar Association has teamed up with Mood Disorders Canada to develop online educational tools to educate members of the legal profession, including law students, about mental health issues.  Read the News

The Best of the Blogosphere

Is Depression Always a Disease?

Therese Borchard wrestles with this thorny topic and provides great insights.  Read the Blog

The Brain Mechanics of Rumination and Repetitive Thinking

This piece explores recent neuroscientific finding on the brain mechanics of rumination and negative thinking as they relate primarily to regions of the prefrontal cortex. Read the Blog

8 Things to Consider When Your Depression is not Getting Better

Here are important things to check into when you find yourself in this position.  Read the Blog

Who (or What) Chooses Healthy Thoughts?

Unconscious processes, not conscious reasoning, may help us reframe situations. Read the Blog