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Dan’s Tips On How To Pass The Bar Exam

by Dan

I’m sure the past six weeks of studying for the bar exam have been grueling, if not punishing for you all. Looking out the window at Starbucks while reading a BarBri outline on Contracts as others stroll by in shorts and flip-flops on their way to a summer’s day of fun and frivolity can make you want to scream, “I have had enough of this. Let’s just get it over … read more →

Summer On My Mind

by Dan

I’m in Ottawa, Canada now. I’m on vacation with my family in this capital of Canada. It’s about a 5-hour drive from Buffalo, my hometown, and I’ve never been here before. It has a European sensibility with historical buildings everywhere. And it’s been hot; steamy, lava-like hot. But having endured yet another merciless Buffalo winter where the bitter cold felt epoxied to my hands and feet, I can’t complain. I’m … read more →

The War In My Father’s Head

by Dan

What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors and to devastate the fair face of the earth.  – Confederate General Robert E. Lee Depression has many roots. Several of them anchored in the deep soil of our past. I dug … read more →

10 Ways For Lawyers to Deal With Their Depression

by Dan

A lawyer with depression used to call me once a month. He’d sometimes weep as he told me about the myriad of ways that his depression was disrupting his work and personal life. I’d listen each time, for about fifteen minutes or so.  I thought I was helping him by offering a compassionate ear. The conversation would always end with, “catch you later.”  This went on for six months.  During … read more →

The Depression Machine: Why Too Much Stress Cranks It Up

by Dan

I listened to a NPR segment this week about the connection between playing football in the NFL and brain trauma. One retired running back said that each collision he suffered during a game “was like being in a car accident.” What a tremendous cost to pay, I thought. For many of us, daily life is so demanding and stressful, that, like a football player, it’s like being in a series … read more →

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 →

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