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The Heart of the Matter: Lawyers, Anger, and Depression

by Dan

I’ve felt plenty of anger over my twenty-five years as a litigator. Sometimes, and thank God they were few and far between, I would blow up at opposing counsel or a client.  More often, my anger would sometimes simmer just below the surface.  This is an all too common reality for today’s lawyer.  “By definition, the adversarial system is conflict-ridden, and conflict creates certain types of emotions like anger, guilt, and … read more →

Other People’s Judgements About Our Depression

by Dan

We all dish out opinions and advice whether asked for or not. Much of it harmless; some, necessary and kind. Then there’s those we dole out without knowing what the hell we’re talking about. Where we should tread carefully, we lumbar. For better or worse, there’s tremendous power in words we use to express our opinions.  When vulnerable – as we are during depression – the critical or misguided words … read more →

Hope Counts: One Lawyer With Depression’s Testimony

by Dan

I am a lawyer, as many of you. I went to law school and passed the bar exam like you. I also struggle with depression like too many of you,  as well. A new study by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation found that twenty-eight percent of over 12,825 practicing lawyers polled reported a problem with depression.  This is over three times the rate found in … read more →

Dan’s Top 10 Video Picks on Depression

by Dan

Films can teach us a lot about depression.  Not only can they provide information.  They can also move us emotionally by drawing us into the subject with interviews, animations, and other techniques that aren’t amenable to books.  Here are my favorite videos that address the topic of depression. Living with Depression I came across this short video recently.  And was very moved.  It captures, with sublime music and moving images … read more →

The Crunch of Time and Depression

by Dan

Time is the enemy of our synapse-challenged world.  This beast is always just a step behind us. And we keep losing ground as it nips at our heels and bears its sharp fangs.  Time, indeed, becomes an enemy. We tap on the brakes to try and slow down, but even the vacations and weekends aren’t always terribly relaxing. We attempt to break apart our days into manageable segments or, as … read more →

Weathering the Dead Zone of Depression

by Dan

There is a dead zone in a depressed person’s life where nothing seems to happen. Except for the pain of the absence of everything. Such anguish is so overwhelming that every other concern is squashed in its wake.  Our capacity for willful actions seems to be gone; we can’t “figure it out.” We are stuck.  And it sucks. I have learned a lot about this “zone” over the years, its … read more →

The Bald-Faced Lies Depression Tells Us: Part 1

by Dan

Whatever the cause, clinical depression sufferers are often shackled to a prison of ruminative, negative thoughts about the world and themselves. They are full of self-loathing, feelings of worthlessness, and a sense of failure.  Confidence in their ability to build and maintain successful relationships is eroded.  Their sense of competency about their work can plummet as they struggle to get things done, be productive and earn a living. Some may … read more →

Me, Mom, Dad, and Depression: A Family Affair

by Dan

“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 Like all parents, my Mom and Dad were flawed people – as I am. Yet, they were something more than that. I’ve … read more →

Depression and Hope in the Legal Profession

by Dan

I am a lawyer, like many of you. I also struggle with depression, like too many of you as well. A new study by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation found that twenty-eight percent of over 12,825 practicing lawyers polled reported a problem with depression.  This is over three times the rate found in the general population. When put in perspective, of the 1.2 million attorneys … read more →

Out of the Blue of Depression

by Dan

August. It seems like the sweet sun’s been high in a blue sky for months. It’s steamy outside. But that’s just fine with me.  My feet aren’t cold, dark clouds don’t threaten snow, and everyone’s outside watering yards and going for walks at night. Author Natalie Babbitt captures some of  summer’s magic when she writes: “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of … read more →

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