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Rewire Your Burned-out Brain

by Dan

Burnout often results from extended periods enduring the emotional stress precipitated by unaccomplished expectations or failure to fulfill unreasonable demands. The symptoms can include intensified emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, lowered self-worth, changes in eating and exercising habits, social withdrawal, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. If You’re Burned Out, Your Brain Has Rewired to Survival Mode There are specific and reproducible patterns of changing neural activity and brain connectivity associated with the stress buildup that leads to … read more →

Depression and Loss of Energy: A Waiting Game

by Dan

Reversing the downward spiral of depression takes less energy than you think. Depression and loss of energy — it is the beginning of a waiting game that does not end well. Sometimes depression is born from loss of achievement, loss of goals, and loss of positive feelings about oneself. When low energy plays a role, a person who is not blessed with high drive and physical energy can see a spiral into depression … read more →

My Struggle With Bipolar Depression and Dream to Go to Law School

by Dan

I’ve struggled to write this blog, just like I’ve struggled to do most things for what amounts to a very long time now-so long that it feels like a lifetime and what came before only fragments of a not well remembered dream.  In actual temporal time, it’s only a few years of melancholy and moderately severe major depression. But in the life of the mind, there is an unbridgeable chasm … read more →

SHUTDOWN: WHY PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION FEEL SO NEGATIVE

by Dan

Depression is a state of shutdown in which an individual’s psychological system shifts toward negative feeling states and diminishes the positive feeling states. The hallmark features of a depressive episode is a high negative mood state (characterized primarily in terms of depressed/demoralized/defeated/despairing feelings and secondarily in terms of anxiety, irritability/defensive hostility, and guilt/shame) and a diminished positive mood state (loss of interest, pleasure, energy, desire, and excitement). Why do people get depressed? The primary … read more →

The Creativity Cure for Depression: An Interview with Dr. Carrie Barron

by Dan

Today’s guest is Dr. Carrie Barron, a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the clinical faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City.  She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works related to creativity and self-expression at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Along with her husband, Alton Barron, M.D., a hand and shoulder surgeon, … read more →

Depression Undercover: A Trial Lawyer’s Secret

by Dan

Once upon a time, I was a trial attorney at a personal injury defense firm. I was good at it.  I always pushed hard; always did the best job possible.  I won a good share of cases, and, of course, lost a few as well.  I was valued highly enough to be made a partner shortly after joining the firm. But I had a dirty little secret.  I had bipolar … read more →

The Neuroscience of Depression: An Interview with Dr. Alex Korb

by Andy

The following is an edited transcript of the podcast recorded interview with Dr. Alex Korb.  This transcript has not been reviewed and is not a word-by-word rendering of the entire interview. Hi, I’m Dan Lukasik from lawyerswithdepression.com. Today’s guest is Dr. Alex Korb.  Dr. Korb is a neuroscientist, writer, and coach.  He’s studied the brain for over fifteen years, attending Brown University as an undergraduate and earning his Ph.D. in … read more →

Depression and Suicide: A Catholic Perspective

by Dan

As a psychiatrist, I had been aware, prior to his death, that Robin Williams struggled with a severe mood disorder – major depression and bipolar disorder, depending on the source of the reporting – along with related problems and drug dependence. The vast majority of suicides are associated with some form of clinical depression, which in its more serious forms can be a sort of madness that drives people to … read more →

Interview with Dr. John Greden, Director of the U. of Michigan Depression Center

by Andy

Today’s podcast interview is with Dr. John Greden, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences in the Department of Psychiatry, Founder and Executive Director of the University of Michigan Depression Center, Founding Chair, National Network of Depression Centers. His research over the past 30 years has focused on studying biomarkers and developing treatment strategies to prevent recurrences of depression and bipolar disorders. Listen to my interview with him on Itunes or Google Play. … read more →

How to Prevent Stress From Shrinking Your Brain

by Dan

  Have you ever felt so stressed out and overwhelmed that you can’t think straight? We now know that prolonged stress or trauma is associated with decreased volume in areas of the human brain responsible for regulating thoughts and feelings, enhancing self-control, and creating new memories. A new research study, published in today’s issue of Nature Medicine, is a first step in uncovering the genetic mechanism underlying these brain changes. Depressed People’s Brains are More … read more →

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