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Hope Counts: Rising Up from Depression

by Dan

Depression corrodes our sense of hope. Elizabeth Wurtzel, in her her best-selling book Prozac Nation, wrote: “That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”   We can’t imagine a future without depression. When we’re in the thick of its slimy grasp, … read more →

Liz Swados’ Journey Through Depression

by Dan

If you’ve ever suffered from depression, you know what a dark muck it can be.  Helpless and hopeless, this deadened state leaves people at the bottom of a dank well with no ladder out. I’ve gone through major depression.  I count myself one of the 20 million in this country so afflicted.  I’ve gotten to know so many fellow sufferers over the years.  One I didn’t get the chance to … read more →

“Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” – Oh, What a Relief it is? Our Relationship with Antidepressants

by Dan

  Most folks with depression have a complicated relationship with their antidepressant medications. I certainly do. While these pills saved my life years ago when major depression struck, years later, I often wonder if I still need to take them, or, if they’re still effective. If I feel tired and flat on a particular afternoon, is it depression, the side effects of my meds or a jumble of both? Or … read more →

The Depression Epidemic in the Legal Profession

by Dan

I was interviewed by Jay Coulter on the Conquer Worry show.  Listen to this Podcast.

Pushing Back Against Depression

by Dan

Depression will push our backs up against the wall. It often seems bigger than us: a bully. If we let it, it will pound us down. So, we’ve got to push back. If we don’t fight back, together with the help of others, depression can consume our lives leaving only our pulse and some air in our lungs, but precious little else. The vitality, the passion and full array of … read more →

Living Life at Midlife

by Dan

“You know, we’re both in the autumn of our lives,” a friend said recently on his 52nd birthday. I nodded at this bittersweet truth. I turned 54 this month – not old, but not so young anymore. After my morning coffee, I took a detour on my way to work. There’s a beautiful forest with walking trails nearby. It was early and only a few other strollers were on the … read more →

God and Depression

by Dan

“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!

by Dan

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

by Dan

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

by Dan

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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