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,
You are now nine-days into your New Year’s Resolutions (If you make them) I’ve done a lot of “resoluting” in my life. I loved and hated hem. I adored the hope and fantasy of a new Brian (As I defined
I recently became aware of an incredible mental health resource that has been flying under the radar. It is the Lawyers Depression Project (LDP). It is a grassroots effort to address depression and other mental health issues in the
If I asked one hundred people how they define “trauma,” I might get eighty different answers. One person might talk about their broken leg. Another would talk about physical or sexual abused. A veteran may talk about a war experience.
Patrick Krill, the author of the seminal study on problem drinking and mental health in the legal profession recently partnered with ALM Intelligence on a confidential survey to get a feel for how law firms view these issues within their
Lawyers are a lonely bunch. At least that is what a recent survey found, as reported by the Washington Post. Using a “loneliness scale,” lawyers beat out more than 1,600 other professions. There are many aspects and triggers to loneliness
The Harvard Business Review recently conducted a survey of 1,624 full-time employees, all participants in a longitudinal study of 4,000 American workers. It hits on a number of different criteria and the effects of “loneliness in the workplace. One of