Here's why lawyer Daniel T. Lukasik created his new site Lawyers with Depression:
Depression is often a very isolating experience - - even when the depressed person has a supportive and loving group of people to rely on. In my own life, I often found relief in reading books about depression, spirituality or health and trying to relate the wisdom in those books to my own life as a lawyer.
When I searched on-line for materials to read that would support me in my attempt to cope with depression and my law practice, what I found was sometimes helpful, but in the end, insufficient. Given the prevalence of depression among lawyers, I was shocked to learn that there were no websites specifically devoted to helping attorneys with depression.
Yes, it is true that (a) there are many sites about depression and (b) many sites about attorneys and the problems encountered in the practice of law. The general sites about depression are useful and informative. Yet, they don't particularly grasp a lawyer's predicament. All or most bar associations have lawyer assistance and/or "Lawyers Helping Lawyers" programs. These groups can be a good start to helping lawyers with depression. However, they often help lawyers with a multitude of problems: alcoholism, drug addiction, other mental illnesses, gambling and other serious health problems. When you check out these more traditional lawyer programs and/or websites, there is usually little information or support for lawyers struggling with depression.
The excerpt is taken from Lukasik's post, "Why I Created This Site." Lukasik's new site focuses exclusively on the problem of depression and contains a number of useful articles, resources, and links, and other materials. Many lawyers will find it useful.
Related Post at Legal Underground: "Depression, The Lawyers' Epidemic: How You Can Recognize the Signs," by guest-poster Raymond P. Ward.