Dr. Gregory Mattingly, a practicing psychiatrist for over 25 years, offers some insight on the halting and all too commonly ineffective methods used to treat mental illness. As Dr. Mattingly explains, while the initial cost savings insurance companies derive from ‘step therapy’ are desirable, the failure to adequately treat a patient is more expensive over the long run and, most importantly, often fails to alleviate suffering in any measurable way. Read the blog here.
Aliya King’s blog offers some useful tips for coping with depressive symptoms that tend to crop up around this time of year. Read it here.
A list of ten legal podcasts touching on different aspects of the law-from ethics to mental health- through personal (and often inspiring) stories and contemporary developments across the legal community. Intelligent, informative, and uplifting these podcasts are worth checking out when you have the time. Find them here.
Fourteen members of Forbes Coaches Council discuss several ways mental health days benefit employees and companies or possibly hinder their activity, as some critics suggest the practice can increase the stigma surrounding mental illness, leading to a deeper sense of alienation and ultimately, poor performance. Read their opinions here.
This blog by attorney turned therapist Will Meyerhofer discusses how a constant stream of fresh, time-consuming challenges, what he terms the “finish line” problem, contributes to burn out in the legal profession. As Mr. Meyerhofer explains, it is very difficult to, upon successfully completing a marathon (and giving it everything you to do so in the process), be told that you must be ready to run a new one almost immediately. Read it here.
Great blog about the personal challenges and insecurities associated with sharing the reality of a diagnosed mental illness with your friends and colleagues. Hattie Gladwell discusses how writing helped her overcome these challenges and allowed her to be true to herself and those she is closest with. Read her blog here.
The newest installment of The Struggle, a series of blogs examining the many challenges students face at law school, this sad story is a stark demonstration of the corrosive effects of stereotypes and stigma as two middle-aged, single mothers seek to navigate the rigors of law school in the midst of those who dismiss them because of their sex. Read it here.
Douglas Cootey’s latest blog was written with National Suicide Prevention Week in mind. By delving into his own experience with thoughts and feelings of suicide, he is able to give some realistic, important, and ultimately uplifting advice for how to help yourself or someone you know step back from the precipice. Read the blog here.
The latest installment of The Struggle, a series examining some of the mental health issues students encounter at Law School. Read it here.