Post by Michael Plahn
Recently, I was asked by the founder of a phenomenal website, developed specifically to benefit attorneys, to briefly explain my personal experience with overcoming mental illness and addiction. I explained how my seemingly hopeless battle led to the birth of LifeSkills Authorities and the approach I believe is necessary to find long-term relief from addiction and Depressive Disorders. As a result, my story and the LSA philosophy of change is a featured resource on the Lawyers With Depression homepage for the month of January.
Not long ago, my anger and cynicism would build over an article linking gratitude and depression, if I were not in too much pain and despair to actually care. I may even prepare a nasty response. Then I found what I believe is the solution to lasting change and relief from such issues as depressive disorders.
For well over a decade, chronic major depressive disorder, as I was labeled, eliminated my ability to experience joy in what appeared an idyllic life … on the outside. On my darkest days I hoped a bus would veer off course to end my misery. I suffered from severe bouts of depression that increased in frequency and duration.
Then, something happened that stopped the suffering. I experienced a profound change and insatiable quest for a solution to permanently prevent the pain. I researched, explored, and implemented a variety of life improvement strategies. My life has since focused on helping others, who share the same struggles that tormented me for decades, to find long-term relief, joy, peace, and a sense of purpose for their lives.
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