I am honored to have participated in the making of this important video put out by the State Bar of Texas and The Texas Lawyers Assistance Program(TLAP). I have been on the TLAP committee for the last year. Regardless of
It sometimes seems like my entire life is processing either the direct or secondary trauma of my past. Traumatic echoes of events that, for the most part, years and decades past, seem to invade every sense, as well as my
I wrote the for the Texas Bar Journal. Republished with the permission of the State Bar of Texas Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely as non-lawyers to suffer from depression. We have the highest problem drinking rate. It seems like
I first met Steven Dunn through my eating disorder advocacy. I was actively bulimic for over two decades and have been in recovery for just over twelve years. Steven had not long before, lost his daughter Morgan to anorexia nervosa.
The sober curious movement is taking off. When I first heard the term, my baby-boomer, twelve-step mentality was to immediately associate it with “alcoholics” who wondered what it is like to be sober. I was way off target. It is
I suspect that talking to your inner child is not particularly appealing to males, especially older men as a tool in dealing with depression, alcohol and substance use issues. Why? It requires having to be vulnerable in a very “female”
April 2010. Three years into my recovery for problem drinking and cocaine use. I am also in the midst of a major depressive episode. I’ve dealt with depression since my mid-teens. Feelings of worthless and the overwhelming desire to isolate
Every now and then I feature a lawyer or law student who has something to say on the issue of mental health in the legal profession. Providing a platform for new voices is just as, or even more important than
In itself, of course not. Every situation is different. Every person is different. This is why I was shocked to see a quote come out of the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Las Vegas. It circulated in social media.
I recently had the honor of addressing lawyer wellness at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. I was telling my story and was at the part describing being suicidal in the summer of 2005. I was about to say,