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Everyone occasionally feels blue, down, or sad. But those feelings are short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those you care about.

People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. 


​If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. It may be extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. The disease of depression is treatable so do not wait too long to get treatment. There is some research showing the longer one waits, the greater the impairment can be down the road.

If you are in need of help or are concerned that an attorney, judge, or law student has an issue that might be interfering with their personal or professional lives, there is confidential help. 

DEPRESSION
Find the light in the darkness

- ILAP Program Participant

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

​​Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program

Out of 105 professions studied by Johns Hopkins University, lawyers and judges top the list in the incidence of major depression. One-third of lawyers and judges suffer from depression, which is the number one cause of suicide. Lawyers and judges have the highest suicide rate of any profession, six times the rate of the general population. Lawyers and judges are twice as likely as the general population to develop problems with substance abuse and other addictive disorders.

Research suggests that those who suffer from intense perfectionism are at higher risk for suicide. They are driven by an intense need to avoid failure. Sound like any lawyers you know?

When I needed help, ILAP was there for me.

ILAP's weekly and confidential AA meetings are held Thursdays at noon.

RESOURCES

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once found pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment