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Lawyers and Depression: An Interview with Daniel Lukasik

Today I have the honor of interviewing Daniel Lukasik, a distinguished attorney and the creator of the very cool website . Daniel also writes the Lawyers With Depression blog, which covers a range of different topics, from spirituality to how to make smart decisions as professionals.

Question: Why are so many lawyers depressed?

1. Lawyers are Pessimistic Thinkers.

According to Professor Martin Seligman,...
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Brain and Behavior

Why Crash Rates Don’t Automatically Fall with Cellphone Bans

Last week, the Highway Loss Data Institute released a report that examined whether collision claims had gone up, down, or stayed the same in states that have banned cellphone use while driving. Their findings should have surprised no one, but seemed to have surprised everyone -- crash rates did not go down after a hand-held cellphone ban took effect.

Why should this have been of little surprise?

1. A law...
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Anxiety and Panic

Self-Help Course May Have Led to Suicide

I've often wondered what would happen if an undiagnosed manic-depressive participates in The Landmark Forum, receiving counsel from a Forum leader with no education on mood disorders. The result could be devastating, I would think.

In real life, let's take Rebekah Lawrence from Sydney who burst into song while standing naked in her downtown office building, her final words being "I know I am going to jump." And then leaped out the window.

An Associated Press...
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Obama Rules for Mental Health Parity Issued

Remember the federal legislation passed in late 2008 that requires insurance companies to bring their mental health coverage in parity with their health coverage? Well, technically that law took effect 29 days ago, but the Obama administration got around today to publishing the rules that put the law into effect.

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury today jointly issued new rules providing parity for consumers...
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Do You Refer to Yourselves as “We” in a Couple?

If you do, congratulations! You're likely better at conflict resolution with your partner than couples who don't refer to themselves as "we." How do we know? Well, conversations can tell us a lot about how couples view themselves, both individually and as a couple. By analyzing conversations between couples, you can learn a lot about their interactions:

UC Berkeley researchers analyzed conversations between 154 middle-aged and older couples...
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7 Tips for Making the Most of Online Support Groups

Online support groups can be a great source of emotional support and valuable health information you won't find on any website from the National Institute of Mental Health or others. Some people are a little leery of joining an online support group, however. Others don't quite understand what benefit they may gain from joining one. Still others understand a support group's benefits, but feel like they...
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ADHD and Mixed-Handedness, College Treatment

It's been a rough week for kids and young adults with ADHD -- attention deficit disorder. Attention deficit disorder is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Someone with ADHD has a hard time focusing and concentrating on work or school work, often finds it difficult to sit still and concentrate in meetings or classes, and will often act in an impulsive manner that they later regret. It's estimated that between 3 to...
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy’s Positive Impact

Yesterday, we reported on a new meta-analysis of psychodynamic psychotherapy that demonstrates the effectiveness of this type of therapy. Traditionally, psychodynamic therapy is thought to be "less scientific" than newer, modern psychotherapy treatments, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). We had previously noted how psychodynamic therapy fared just as well as CBT for anxiety disorders in another robust study.

The new research analysis -- which reviewed eight meta-analyses of 160 studies of psychodynamic therapy -- was published in...
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10 Ways to Find a Good Therapist

When we want to improve our bodies we pretty much know where to find help. This time of year the gyms are full and the meeting rooms at Weight Watchers are packed. But what do we do when we want to improve our inner selves, our relationships, or want to find help with depression or anxiety?

Making the decision to find help is hard enough. Why should you have to get even more stressed...
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Brain and Behavior

PTSD Brain Scan Hype

Last week, we noted along with many news outlets that a biomarker had been apparently discovered for PTSD. The researchers claimed they had a new tool to help make a differential diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The tool is a brain scanning technology that, like EEG, measures the brain's electrical activity. But instead of directly measuring such activity, it measures magnetic fluctuations in the electrical activity. The technique is called MEG....
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