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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 →

The Deadzone of Depression

by Dan

There is a zone in a depressed person’s life where nothing seems to happen — except the pain of the absence of everything.  Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D., in her book, Night Falls Fast, writes: I wish I could explain it so someone could understand it. I’m afraid it’s something I can’t put into words. There’s just this heavy, overwhelming despair – dreading everything. Dreading life. Empty inside, to the point … read more →

Our Parents, Our 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, Buddhist monk Like all parents, my Mom and Dad were flawed people – as I am. Yet, they were something more than … read more →

Perfectionism and Depression: Nobody’s Perfect

by Dan

We often mix-up a drive to excel and perfectionism; they’re not the same thing. A drive to be your very best can leads to a sense of self-satisfaction and self-esteem. It feels good to give it all we got. Perfectionism? It’s a horse of a different color. People who feel driven in this direction tend to be more motivated by external forces – such as the desire to please others … read more →

Building Your Depression Toolkit

by Dan

One study found that as many as eighty-percent of all people in this country that suffer from clinical 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 … read more →

Judges Struggling With Depression: More Common Than You Think

by Dan

I’ve written a lot on stress, anxiety and depression in the legal profession, but not about the judiciary. There has been much commentary, research and Law Journal articles about what ails law students and attorneys — but not about judges. I guess that’s not surprising.  In my work, I have spoken with scores of judges from all over the country.  It’s a noble, important calling in life.  But it’s also … read more →

18 Tips on How to Start a Depression Support Group

by Dan

I started a depression support group seven years ago. It’s one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done. We started out with ten people.  It met once a month. Over time, it evolved into every-other week.  We now gather once a week.  I’ve been asked many times about how to start a depression support group.  Here are a few pointers to help you get going. They’re in no particular … read more →

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