Although treatment for major depression significantly raises the odds for recovery and speeds recovery time, less than half of all people suffering from major depression get treatment. If their reasoning is that their case of the blues will go away on its own, they’re mistaken. Left untreated depression can worsen and even become chronic with devastating effects on one’s relationships and one’s employment. The longer an episode of depression lasts the higher the toll exacted on your brain and body by elevated stress hormone levels. Untreated depression can cause brain shrinkage in healthy people. It produces worse outcomes in heart patients and cancer patients. It is associated with higher risk of dementia and higher rates of mortality from suicide and accidents in the elderly.
Understanding the Role of Lawyers as Peacemakers and Healers
The Civility Crisis
Unless you’ve spent the last twenty years meditating alone in a cave atop a Tibetan mountain, you’re aware of the civility crisis among lawyers. In his article Free Speech, Civility and Harassment in the February 1998 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Edward J. Cleary said: “There does seem to be a consensus among members of the judiciary and the legal community that incivility is rampant; that previously unheard of and unacceptable speech and acts occur with frequency.”