Buffalo attorney teaches new UB Law School on mental health, wellness | Health

Clinical depression is a debilitating condition that can affect anyone, at any time, from childhood to old age. The chronic illness – one that should be respected and taken seriously, like other chronic illnesses – can flare up at any time. People wouldn’t tell you to ignore your cancer or diabetes — or get rid of those diseases. It happens all too often when it comes to mental illness. Circumstances differ, but they all involve physical changes in the body — and some people may forget that the body also includes the brain.

Depression will put one in three Americans at risk at some point in their lives — and one in five in any given year. In half of those cases, it is accompanied by anxiety. In many cases, drug abuse becomes part of its harmful power.

Leading symptoms are an unusually sad mood that lasts for at least two weeks; specifying interests and activities; fatigue and lack of energy; unwarranted but intense feelings of worthlessness and guilt; difficulty concentrating and making decisions; moving more slowly, becoming easily agitated, or both; sleeping too little or too much; and numb.

Counseling and other support, sometimes in combination with medication, often leads to recovery.

“I don’t discourage anyone from going to law school,” says Lukasik, whose daughter, Iliana, is a first-year student at the UB. “I think it’s a fantastic profession. Some of my best times have been as a lawyer, but at the same time it’s fair to say, and it’s important to say that there are unique risks and mental health issues associated with the profession. We somewhere come by talking about it and properly informing students.”

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