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The Deadzone of Depression

There is a zone in a depressed person’s life where nothing seems to happen — except the pain of the absence of everything.  Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D., in her book, Night Falls Fast, writes: I wish I could explain it so someone could understand it. I’m afraid it’s something I can’t put into words. There’s just this heavy, overwhelming despair – dreading everything. Dreading life. Empty inside, to the point … read more →

Our Parents, Our Depression

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in the moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk Like all parents, my Mom and Dad were flawed people – as I am. Yet, they were something more than … read more →

Perfectionism and Depression: Nobody’s Perfect

We often mix-up a drive to excel and perfectionism; they’re not the same thing. A drive to be your very best can leads to a sense of self-satisfaction and self-esteem. It feels good to give it all we got. Perfectionism? It’s a horse of a different color. People who feel driven in this direction tend to be more motivated by external forces – such as the desire to please others … read more →

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Depression in the News

Low Serotonin is Mythical Cause of Depression

From Medical News Today, a new study calls in question the link between low serotonin levels and depression.  Read the News

Working Through Depression: Many Stay on the Job, Despite Mental Illness

From National Public Radio, a story about how the crash into the mountainside by a Germanwings pilot who suffered from depression has made it much harder on those who suffer for it to disclose it at work. Read the News

Depressed, but Not Ashamed

From The New York Times, a brave and inspiring article written by two high school girls who decided to devote an edition of their school’s newpaper to stories about classmates who struggle with depression.  Read the News

Depression: My Journey Through the Fog

From The Huffington Post, author and blogger S.L. Young details the stages of depression and his path out of it.  Read the News

LWD in the News

Out of the Darkness: Overwhelming Depression among Lawyers

A good overview of depression in the legal profession.  Read the Story

Demanding Work Schedules Are Damaging Their Health, Say 82% of Surveyed Lawyers

The demands of work at leading law firms in the United States and United Kingdom are quantified in a new survey that found 22 percent of senior lawyers and partners work every weekend, and more than 10 percent work an average of 70 or more hours a week.  Read the Story

Ex-city attorney sues Law Department charging she was fired over postpartum depression

The litigators have become the litigated.  A former city lawyer has sued the city Law Department for wrongful terminationc charging that her supervisors engineered her ouster thanks to a diagnosed case of severe postpartum depression.  Read the News

From the Career Files: Finding YOur Passion in the Law

Passion is a matter of perspective in, out and above the law.  This blog focuses on lawyers who have found their passion IN the law.  Read the Blog

The Best of the Blogosphere

6 Ways to Cope With the Limitations of Depression

From depression blogger, Therese Borchard, six great insights into how you can cope with your clinical depression.  Read the Blog

Depression: How Do You Tell Your Boss You Can’t Work

If you had to take off a couple of weeks because you had pneumonia, you would simply tell your boss that you could not work because you had pneumonia. But what do you say when your depression prevents you from working? How do you call in sick with depression?  Read the Blog

The Sane Way to Beat Anxiety and Depression

From Dr. Daniel G. Amen, healthy and natural ways to combat anxiety and depression.  Read the Blog

Uncovering Happiness: An Interview with Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.

Blogger Therese Borchard interviews author Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D. about his new book, Uncovering Happiness.  Read the Blog