June 24, 2019 Feature

My Experience with Depression: Just Showing Up Can Save a Life

Javier Lopez

I love being a lawyer; it is the privilege of my life to do what I love to do with partners whom I love to practice with. As a commercial litigator, there are always winners and losers, and each side is always looking for a competitive or strategic advantage. It is a high-stress environment, and no side ever wants to “blink” first. This is one of the reasons why, in my opinion, mental health afflictions are pervasive in our legal community, yet are mostly suffered in secrecy. Why do we not discuss them more openly? Because to do so, we must make ourselves vulnerable, and that is scary and uncomfortable. Admitting our problems would require us to shed the “mask” we all wear on a daily basis. Yet, what I have learned through my experiences is that when you reveal your failures and your shortcomings, people will not love you less, they will love you more.

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