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When Working Out Doesn’t Always, Well, Work Out

by Dan

I had a tough spell of moderate depression that started two weeks ago and just ended recently. I had little energy. I was glued to my seat.  Before this, I had been exercising religiously three times per week.  I noticed that exercise had a wonderful cumulative effect on my mood that carried over from day-to-day as long as I kept at it.  I actually looked forward to going to the … read more →

Lawyer Depression: What is it, What Causes it, and What You Can Do About it

by Dan

Are you a lawyer suffering from depression?  Do you know a colleague that struggles with it? If so, you’re not alone. A new landmark study conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs published this February reveals that 21 percent of licensed, employed attorneys currently qualify as problem drinkers, 28 percent struggle with some level of clinical depression and 19 percent … read more →

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 →

Is it Lawyer Depression or Burnout? Telling the Difference

by Dan

Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions, your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.  – Sam Keen Sitting across from Tom, a lawyer for the past 15 years, I was struck by his ashen face.  Before he said a word, before I asked him how his … read more →

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 →

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