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Too Much Stress Can Lead to Depression

by Dan

  I listened to a National Public Radio segment about the connection between playing NFL football and brain trauma. One retired running back said that each time he was hit when carrying the ball it was “like being in a high-impact car accident”. What a tremendous cost to pay, I thought. For many of us, daily life is so demanding and stressful that it’s like being in a series of … read more →

Up, Up and Away: Lifting Depression By Tweaking Your Antidepressants

by Dan

In my last post, I wrote about a recent downward turn in my mood. While not severe, it still sucked: low energy and motivation,  sadder more often than I’d like, and lack of joy in things that formerly made me happy. If felt like I had one foot in gooey, hot asphalt. I keep trying to yank it out to no avail. Finally, I called my trusty psychiatrist. His name’s … read more →

The Return: Slipping Back Into Depression

by Dan

I’ve slipped a bit, lately. After months of relative peace, a return. First, it was the sadness.  I feel it when I wake up, eat my lunch, drive home from work, and hit the hay at night.  While its intensity varies, it’s always there coloring my days. My good sense of humor caught the last bus. A bone-wearying fatigue settles in as I withdraw from activities involving people. I go … read more →

Coping with Summertime Depression: The Light of Gratitude

by Dan

July’s heat and the sun have made it pretty hot. 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, humming a tune, and going for walks at night. As we look over the horizon, August is almost here. Author Natalie Babbitt captures some of the summer’s magic when she writes: “The first week of August hangs … read more →

My New Book On Depression and Anxiety in the Law and How a Lawyer Life Coach Can Help

by Dan

I’ve written a new book about depression and anxiety in the legal profession. And it’s free. You can get an immediate, free download of “Overcoming Stress, Burnout, Anxiety, and Depression in the Legal Profession: How a Lawyer Life Coach Can Help” here. The first part of my short book outlines the causes of too much stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression in the law. The second part provides an overview of how … read more →

A Stroll Through The Park on a Sunny Day

by Dan

During my depression, my world narrowed.  I just didn’t want to go anywhere.  My life was lived inside coffee shops, on the couch watching television, sitting in my office with the door closed.  There was something deadening about this.  In hindsight, I guess I felt that doing something else wouldn’t make a difference anyway. I have learned over the years that nature is a powerful antidote to depression.  Being in … read more →

My Family, My Depression

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 →

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 →

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