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An Interview with Dr. Andrew Weil about Depression

by Dan

One reason Andrew Weil, M.D., the “father of integrative medicine,” wrote his new book, Spontaneous Happiness, is that the most searched-for term on is “depression.” It’s the common cold of modern emotional life. And he thinks we’re thinking about it all wrong. Yes, an imbalance of brain chemicals can trigger depression, but it goes the other way, too: An imbalance of thoughts and habits can change your brain to … read more →

The Swampland: An Interview with Jim Hollis about Depression in the Law

by Dan

Dan:  What is depression? Jim:   I think first of all we have to differentiate between depressions because it‘s a blanket term which is used to described many different experiences, different contexts and different internalized experiences of people.  First of all, there is the kind of depression that is driven by biological sources and it is still a mystery as to how that works.  We know it affects a certain number … read more →

An Interview with Will Meyerhofer About Depression in the Legal Profession

by Dan

Will Meyerhofer, JD LCSW, is an author and a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC.  He holds degrees from Harvard, NYU School of Law and The Hunter College School of Social Work.  Following law school, he worked as an associate at the BigLaw firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City before becoming a therapist. He is also the creator of the website and blog The Peoples’ Therapist.  I … read more →

Lawyers and Anxiety — The Fault of the Person, the field or law school?

by Dan

I have a friend named Matt. He was one of the most popular students at my high school. A bit of a nerd, he was excellent at basketball, good enough at football, and not too bad with the ladies. He and our group of mutual friends would go out regularly, getting into shenanigans and living it up like young people are supposed to live. As we got older, not much … read more →

Spirituality and Depression: A Talk with Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes

by Dan

I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes about his new book, Mental Wellness: A Spiritual Journey. In his book, he explores the connection between spirituality and depression and how the lack of spirituality can be a cause of depression.  Dr. Hamdy grew up in Egypt in the Muslim faith and experienced depression as a young man.  He found a spiritual healer in the Sufi Muslim tradition who helped … read more →

How Stress Can Shape a Life

by John Folk-Williams

The psychologist Richard O’Connor believes that we tell ourselves stories about our lives to control stress. Stress has a way of becoming a chronic condition. It wears down your body and damages your brain, especially when combined with depression. Yet stress is a killer we often crave like a drug. We create stories that help us make sense of an unbalanced life. Stories of Challenge In my work, I often felt … read more →

Life as a 1L can be Depressing

by Katie

Katie has been married to her law student husband for almost four years. She has grown into a more compassionate and well-rounded Certified Health Education Specialist and Mental Health First Aid provider from her experiences with her husband’s mental health issues, and enjoys sharing information with others about health and wellness. Her husband is currently searching for a job. As such, Katie has only given her first name. Last year, … read more →

A Conversation With Psychologist Deborah Serani

by Dan

I’m a psychologist and I practice in New York. I became a psychologist because I had a very bad experience as a young teenager with depression. Unaware of what depression was or how to detect it, I descended into a Major Depressive Episode when I was a 19 year old college student. Hopeless and suicidal, I nearly took my life with a handgun. Luckily, my attempt was interrupted, and swift medical help was sought. I found a psychologist who helped release me from the grip of my unshakable sadness and taught me about the mood disorder called unipolar depression. Not only did psychotherapy save my life, it inspired me to become a student of its practice. read more →

Depression in Men

by Dr. Richard O'Connor, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note:  Richard O’Connor, Ph.D. is the author of two noteworthy books, Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety, and 21st Century Illness and Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach you and Medication Can’t Give You.  He is practicing psychotherapist with offices in New York City and Canaan, Connecticut.  He has suffered from clinical depression and is a member of a depression support group. A man and a woman both stumble … read more →

My Dad

by Lloyd Rosen

The following is a story about having depression and life with a man who would not accept that I had an illness, my dad. I discuss in this story the life I had being my parent’s son, and not recognizing that I might have more of a problem than just the pains of growing up. In the following story I get into the more positive things that my dad and I did once we grew to understand each other and find that we had some things in common. Life with my dad, at times, was a very up and down emotional roller coaster. read more →

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