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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 →

How Lawyers Can Get Things Done When Depressed

Getting things done at work is a top priority for any lawyer. This is all the more so when a lawyer is suffering from clinical depression because it becomes harder and harder to be productive: stacks of paperwork become bigger stacks of paperwork, deadlines begin to feel like death sentences when not completed and time is running out, and the e-mail box is overflowing like a sink onto a cold, … read more →

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Depression in the News

Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows.  Read the News

First Robust Genetic Links to Depression Emerge

Recent discoveries have energized the hunt for genes connected to major depression.  Read the News

23 Photos That Nail What It Feels Like to Have Depression

The Huffington Post reports that after being diagnosed with depression, photographer Christian Hopkins decided to process her experience from behind a camera lens.  The result is a stunning photo series that captures the misunderstood nuances of mental illness.  Read the News

No Longer Wanting to Die

From The New York Times, a powerful piece by Will Lippincott who writes, “When depressed, the self-esteem I presented to the world belied just how out of control I felt inside.”  Read the News

LWD in the News

How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout and Debilitating Anxiety

From the ABA Journal, a great overview of why lawyers suffer such high rates of anxiety and depression and what you can do about it.  Read the News

Battling Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

From the Diversity & the Bar Magazine, a comprehensive article filled with stories from lawyers that struggle with depression and anxiety and the professionals that try to help them.  Read the News

Why Lawyers Should Embrace, Not Ridicule, Mindfulness

Lawyer Susan Cartier Liebel blogs, “I find this war ridiculous but professional infighting is unfortunately nothing new.  And it stems from the idea that if you talk about anything else other than the client,anything lawyer-centric, somehow you are not client-centric and hardworking and are unworthy of your license. Practicing mindfulness and being client-centric are not mutually exclusive concepts, people.”  Read the Blog

Living and Thriving with Depression

Check out Jenna Cho’s podcast interview with me at The Anxious Lawyer website

The Best of the Blogosphere

Depression and Men: Why It’s Hard to Ask for Help

Blogger Therese Borchard writes a great piece about the complex issue of male depression. Read the Blog

11 Great TED Talks About Depression

TED conferences have been presenting “Ideas Worth Spreading” since the 1980s.  Here are eleven talks dealing with depression, happiness, mental health and related issues.  Read the Blog

Depression and Obesity

Depression can lead to overeating and weight gain; adversity can lead to overwhelming sadness.  Learn how to break the cycle. Read the Blog

How You View Your Future Can Increase Your Mental Health . . . or Create Depression

If you’re suffering from depression, you’re likely to believe that your emotional state generates negative thoughts that create depression.  But for some people the reality is actually the other way around.  It’s how you envision the future that can make you depressed.  Read the Blog