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In Therapy With Jerry

These days, it’s no big deal to admit you have a therapist. I’ve had the same therapist for seven years.  His name is Jerry.  He’s 74, Italian and grew up in the Bronx.  I see him a few times a month, generally.  In one-hour chunks of time.  Sometimes, I come and there’s doesn’t seem to be much to say about why I started coming there in the first place – … read more →

Watching Geese

It’s almost the end of October. I look out my back window and can see the wild geese that gather again in the pond in my back yard this time of the year. It’s a way station before they fly off to warmers climes. People with depression feel less than – less than good, less than successful, less than a loving spouse or parent. Too often, they feel poverty in … read more →

The 25 Paradoxes of Depression

1. You loathe the isolation of depression, but you avoid other people. 2. You want help, but you don’t always listen 3. The harder you fight it, the harder it gets 4. As soon as you think you’re well again, bang, it hits your harder than ever. 5. While other’s may see you as happy, successful from the outside, you see yourself as miserable, a loser and helpless 6. You … read more →

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Depression in the News

Dark Days Here For Folks With Seasonal Depression

U.S. News & World Report reports, “October’s shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which starts in October and lasts until the middle of April,” experts say.  Read the News

5 Strategies to Reach Success While Battling Depression

It’s not a choice to suffer from depression, but there is a choice in how you react.  Read the blog.

Study Finds Rise in Bodily Symptoms of Depression

New research shows Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1080s.  Read the News

Healthy Foods Tied to Better Mental Health

New findings suggest mental health is correlated to the consumption of fruits and vegetables with a magic number of five portions a day associated with high mental well-being.  Read the News

LWD in the News

Burnout: A Necessary Part of Lawyers’ Lives?

Lawyers frequently work harder and enjoy it less.  What can be done about it?  Read the Blog

Simple Tips for a Less Stressful Lawyer Life

Great ideas from lawyer coach Jennifer Alvey about important things you can do to cut down on chronic stress.  Read the Blog

A Skinnerian View of Why Lawyers Don’t Change

Kenneth Grady writes, “‘Why oh why won’t lawyers change?’  I hear and read this lament daily.  It fills discussions at conferences among those who advocate for change and it populates the tweets of legal industry pundits.” Read the Blog

Is It More Stressful to Work In-House than at a law firm?

Attorney Susan Moon examines this question.  Read her Blog

The Best of the Blogosphere

Depression Happens to Succesful People

Blogger Therese Borchard writes, “One of the myths surrounding mental illness is that it escapes successful people . . . that the poor, weak and ambitious-free folks are the ones waiting for their prescriptions at Rite-Aid.  I know better.  Read her Blog

Every Time I Talk About Depression: Being Brave

Blogger Chris Brogan writes, “I’m not saying that successful people can be depressed, though that’s true. I’m saying that people who suffer from depression can be successful, even though they are depressed.” Read his Blog

3 Humorous Books That Help Your Mental Health

From psychologist blogger Deb Serani, Ph.D., a great review of 3 blogs that make your laugh and boost your mental health.  Read the Blog

Why So Many People Are Stressed and Depressed

Everywhere you look, Americans are strung out and down.  What explains it?  Read the Blog