Blogging About Law and Depression

There’s an interest blog  about depression – ‘Lawyers with Depression‘. Although there’s no About page, the articles are posted by Daniel Lukasic – a lawyer who writes and talks about depression and whose work can be found at other sites also. The blog uses the wordpress platform and begins in May 2009. The articles are dated, titled, comment enabled and identify the author of the post. The text is complemented with photographs. The articles can be navigated either by clicking on the next/previous entries link at the bottom of the page or else through the use of a boxed chronological drop-down index on the right-hand side of the page. There is a blog roll on the right side of the page.

Lukasic’s posts tend to be several paragraphs in length and he is able to talk about his own experiences often sharing his own coping mechanisms and insights with readers. In this post, Lukasic writes a little about his own personal experience with depression and focuses on the strong link between stressors, anxiety and depression with a few useful references for the interested reader. In various posts, Lukasic writes about important topics such as the benefits of gratitude, managing anger, and the importance of communities.. In this post, Lukasic talks about the use of time contrasting between the use of time as a ‘commodity’ and spending time ‘living’. Similar themes are developed through the blog and here Lukasic writes a searching article about the ‘Rat Race’ and he suggests that successful completion of a journey is rewarded rather than enjoying the experience of that journey. In this post, Lukasic writes briefly about having the right chemistry with a therapist during treatment. There’s a well-resourced post on Seasonal Affective Disorder here. In these posts, Lukasic writes a moving account of depression in the legal profession (although this is a theme throughout the blog as the title suggests) including depression in law students and judges and the difficulties they experience.

Lukasic offers a well-rounded perspective on depression in the legal profession, offers readers useful resources, brings his own personal experience into the subject and highlights a problem that is being increasingly clarified and addressed. Lukasic writes courageously and in so doing offers a voice for others in a similar position who have experienced depression.

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  7. Shell

    Hi,

    Interesting post, mostly because people still seem to be under the false impression that depression ‘does not happen’ to better off (financially) people (trying to be a politically correct as possible!) – it’s not true, it can happen to anyone at any stage of their life, but especially to highly pressurized people with a lot of responsibility they can’t just up and walk away from (aka Lawyers) – it is the body’s way of going “nope, I’ve had enough, I need a rest!”

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