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Dan Lukasik

California
I am a lawyer at partner at a law firm in Buffalo, New York and have practiced law for the past 21 years.  I also suffer from clincial depression.  Studies show that lawyers suffer from depression at twice the national rate.  Accordingly, of the 1 million lawyers in America, about... Full Bio
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Exercise Protects Against Depression – But How? by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression A new study investigates the mechanisms behind the protection from stress-induced depression offered by physical exercise.   Read the Story Read on »
Be Mindful This Autumn by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Autumn is the season we associate with harvest and abundance. It is also a time we connect with nature’s waning energy as it prunes and cultivates. This year, autumn b ... Read on »
Lawyer’s Lament: But I Don’t Have a Calling by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression A powerful blog from Jennifer Alvey about how lawyers fail to leave the profession because they can’t define exactly what it is they would like to do.   Read the Blog ... Read on »
Lawyers Who Switch Careers Find Happiness in Baking, Tech and Other Fields by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression The Washington Post reports that many lawyers are chucking the legal biz and finding joy in other types of work.   Read the News Read on »
Am I Depressed or Just Surrounded by #!%holes? by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Elvira Aletta, Ph.D. at her Explorewhatsnext.com website writes, “Assholes somehow wake us feel like dopes for being nice” and when we see them everyday at work or school, ... Read on »
Are Lawyers More Likely to Suffer from Addiction? by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression In this piece, psychologist M.K. El-Youself, Ph.D. explores a critical topic. Read the Blog Read on »
12 Tips for Getting Regular Exercise – and the Benefits for Happiness and Fitness by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression From Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project website, 12 tips for getting and keeping your butt moving.   Read the Blog Read on »
Why You Can’t Wish Depression Away by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Folks struggling with depression fight it by trying their best to push it away, but all too often, fall back into a deep well.  John Folk-Williams, creator of the website  ... Read on »
Law School Quadruples the Changes of Depression for Tens of Thousands: Some Changes That Might Help by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Kate Mayer Mangan reports in The Huffington Post about the disturbing connection between learning to “think like a lawyer” in law school and the high rates of depression i ... Read on »
Living with Major Depression: Dan’s Story by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression A story by Beth Orenstein at the website Everyday Health about my experience with major depression.   Read the Blog Read on »
Blood Test for Depression Developed by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago say they have identified nine chemicals in the blood which are raised during depression.  They have divised a blood test ... Read on »
6 Things I Want My Sons to Know About my Depression by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression From The Today Show website, Ron Mattocks writes about what he wants to tell his sons so they’ll understand why he acts the way he does when depressed.   Read the News ... Read on »
5 Ways to Get Through a Depression Setback by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression When it comes to depression treatment, setbacks can occur – even if you’re following your treatment plan. These strategies can help you get through them.   Read the Blog ... Read on »
Listening to Depression by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Those of us who suffer from depression tend to think of this state of mind (and being) as an obstacle to moving forward.  Is there a useful purpose to be found when we are ... Read on »
Batten Down the Hatches: Surviving a Depression Hurricane by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression I’ve always been fascinated by all sorts of weather calamities. But none holds my attention more than a hurricane. Though I’ve never been in one, I marvel at their power a ... Read on »
Mindfulness in the Legal Workplace: The “Why” and “How” of Lawyer Worker... by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Find out why and how mindfulness can help your well-being while practicing law.   Read the Blog Read on »
No Magic Cure-all For Depression by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression From The Tampa Tribune, psychologist, Ann Rosen Spector, writes, “There is no happy pill. Prozac was never a cure-all.  Way too many doctors, pharmaceutical companies and ... Read on »
Genes Determine Traces That Stress Leaves Behind On Our Brains by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Our individual genetic make-up determines the effect that stress has on our emotional centers, researchers have found.   Read the News Read on »
Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best For Severe Depression by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe, but short-term depression, a new study reports.   Read the News Read on »
To Know Suicide: Depression Can Be Treated, But It Takes Competence by Dan Lukasik Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression From The New York Times, best-selling author and psychiatrist, Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Certainly, stress is important and often interacts dangerously with depression ... Read on »