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7 Things Lawyers Can Do to Break the Bonds of Depression

by Dan

Helplessness and hopelessness. Two pillars of depression.  And they’re tough to topple. Helplessness Lawyers, when in the vise-like grip of depression, feel helpless.  Despite their best efforts to pull out of it, they still feel depressed and all endure the consequences that flow from their chronic melancholy: a lack of productivity, chronic fatigue, falling behind on work projects because of procrastination and a pervasive sadness or feeling dead inside. Hopelessness … read more →

Springing Forward

by Dan

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  - Mark Twain As winter begrudgingly releases it’s stony grip, my thoughts have begun to turn from my freezing feet (mine are cold from November to February) to … read more →

“I Don’t Want To Talk About It”: Guys With Depression

by Dan

Years ago, 1997 to be exact, I was thinking about writing an article for a lawyer’s magazine about my experiences with depression while practicing law.  I had lunch with a good friend of mine, Bob, who at that time worked in a large litigation firm in New York City.  Since then, Bob has become a federal judge and remains a dear friend. After we had ordered, I told Bob about … read more →

“I’m Already Getting Help For My Depression: Now What?”

by Dan

One study found that as many as eighty-percent of all people in this country that suffer from depression don’t get any treatment. Given that depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and that over 20 million people are afflicted with it, that’s a lot of people – about 16 million. However, many of the law students, lawyers and judges with depression that I’ve met tell me that … read more →

Hope Has The Final Say: A Lawyer Shares His Pain

by Dan

I made a new friend this week. A lawyer from down south emailed me.  He had found me through my website. He told me about some terrible and unexpected turns his life had taken recently which had plummeted him into a major depression. I e-mailed him back and said that I would like to speak with him by phone. I learned that his drop into the well of depression wasn’t … read more →

Lawyers With Depression: Crawling Towards Hope

by Dan

The lack of hope is one of the most powerful features of clinical depression. Why this is so is a complicated question to answer.  For lawyers struggling with depression, perhaps even more so. A lot of people, including lawyers themselves, find it hard to understand why such powerful professionals, superheroes and heroines in blue suits, would be afflicted with depression in the first place. Yet, the numbers don’t lie. Studies … read more →

Top 10 Books on Stress, Stress-Management and Anxiety

by Dan

Over the years, I’ve read too many books to count about stress, anxiety and depression.  Like most people, I’m always looking for tips and clues about how to handle things better. Some of these books have turned out to be real stinkers.  Others, retreads of books and articles that have said the same things over and over again. I have found some gems, though.  Books that have something original to … read more →

Why We Can’t Think Our Way Out of Depression

by Dan

In the book, The Mindful Way through Depression:  Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness, four experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of depression or “just snap out of it” lead us deeper into a downward spiral where depression only worsens.  Through insightful lessons (and an included CD with guided meditations) drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits … read more →

68 Facts About Clinical Depression

by Dan
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1. To be diagnosed with major depression, you need the following: a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for more than two weeks; mood represents a change from the person’s borderline mood; impaired function: social, occupational and educational.  Then it make a laundry list of specific symptoms. You needed to have five of these nine, present nearly every day: depressed mood nearly every day, … read more →

Is it Lawyer Sadness or Lawyer Depression?

by Dan

I can spot sadness on a lawyer’s face like a good poker player can read dog-eared cards in a smoky, backroom bar.  To others, his or her expression may seem like a seasoned lawyer’s humorless and steely resolve. But, I know better.  There is something tragic in his or her gaze, his or her face a subtler shade of grey.  The repartee, if any, is deeply cynical and sarcastic. It is a tough … read more →

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