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One Attorney’s Journey Back From Depression

by Dan

I have been a civil litigation attorney for 26 years. I am married with two children. For a number of years I had been struggling with depression, although never formally diagnosed. Over time I began to isolate and my ability to function at work diminished significantly. I tried very hard to hide my insides and simply put on a happy, easy-going facade. Sharing my feelings was simply not something I … read more →

The Dark Side of Antidepressants

by Dan
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As I’ve intimated, drug industry research on the newer antidepressants has been manipulated to maximize positive results and minimize the downside. Here’s one example: the original research that got FDA approval and set off the craze for these drugs had very low standards, which were not revealed to the public. They were generally two- or three-month trials, very short over the lifetime course of depression, and the definition of cure … read more →

The Psychology of Scarcity: Learn to Avoid the Deprivation Thinking Trap

by Dan

When we experience emotional deprivation in childhood, this feeling of not being important or lovable enough can persist into adulthood as a “deprivation mindset.”  We may never feel as if we have enough of the things we need.  This sense of insecurity can harm our close relationships. We may expect our loved ones to let us down, never express our needs directly or choose romantic partners who are avoidant of … read more →

Leaving BigLaw to Ease Depression

by Dan

I have depression, at times severe, and high anxiety. Things were worse when I was in private practice and did not like my job. Keeping track of my time in 6-minute increments was stressful.  I hated marketing, even though I was good at it; because I am more of an introvert, I engaged in a lot of non-genuine behavior.  That’s never a good idea because after awhile, you sort of … read more →

A Message From A Colleague

by Dan
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I have a problem with depression. Some of the people in my life outside of work know about this. But because of my fear of encountering social stigma and causing damage to my career, I choose to be very private about this in my professional life. That tough and personal choice comes with a price, as being secretive with people that I spend so much time with puts an extra … read more →

Embracing The New: Avoiding a Routinized Life

by Dan
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On my printer I have pasted a quote from Odysseus who, two and a half millennia ago, said, “I will stay with it and endure through suffering hardship / and once the heaving sea has shaken my raft to pieces, then I will swim.” Why is this quote there, of the many possible? Odysseus was fully aware of his perilous position on the high seas. At various isles, he and … read more →

Relax Like a Hunter-gatherer: Nine Activities For Lifelong Relaxation

by Dan
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We live in a society quite unable to relax. It’s not a human society; that is to say it’s not a society that humans are genetically programmed to cope with. I’m not going to go into how this mismatch between our genetics and our society took place, enough has been written about that already (including by myself and Alicia Fortinberry in our book Creating Optimism). But here we are: over … read more →

Depressed Lawyers: A Little Help for My Friends

by Dan
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Among the lawyers whom I have known, it occurs to me that the only ones I’ve liked have had bouts of depression. So when Dan Lukasik, lawyer and depression sufferer, invited me to write a piece for his lawyerswithdepression.com, I gladly agreed. In “Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic,” I explain how depression is neither a character defect nor a biochemical defect but a “strategy” for shutting down overwhelming pain. Given the … read more →

Depression and Loneliness Are More Contagious Than You Think

by Dan
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Depression is known as the ‘common cold’ of mental illnesses and 40% of adults will experience loneliness in their lifetimes. Consequently, the likelihood of you being in close contact with a person who is either depressed, lonely, or both is rather high. Since both depression and loneliness have been found to be contagious in certain situations, how worried should you be when your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse is suffering … read more →

Why Is Depression So Tenacious?

by Dan
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In an era of tight budgets, supporters of depression research argue that more funding is needed to find a cure. That’s logical-sounding but may be totally wrong. Depression’s toll has risen even as more research and treatment resources have been poured into combating it. Some 38 million American adults struggle with depression. The World Health Organization projects that by 2030, the amount of disability and life lost due to depression … read more →

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