If the judge in his case makes the right move, it will be 6 months probation + state-funded counseling.
The things in life that can break us down- well, that's one of them. Another would be taking a financial hit so crippling we can't see our way out- not an uncommon occurrence among day traders.
It matters zip how 'strong' someone is (or thinks he is)- the human spirit can be broken.
When you sense you're closing in on that state of mind, I'll tell you what works for me:
(a) Sleep on it. A good night's sleep can work a '180' on your outlook. It may be the last thing you want to do at the time- all the more reason to 'just do it.'
(b) Catch a movie. There's something about getting caught up in someone else's story that transports you out of your funk long enough to make it bearable. It's usually good for at least a '90' degree change in outlook.
(c) Listen to music. Sound works on the brain at a subliminal yet powerful level. Depending on one's response to music, anywhere from 90 to 180.
(d) Take a walk. The exertion alters brain chemistry enough to elevate your mood.
All of the above work as well when trying to sort out a bad trade.
No trades today. I thought hard about taking a position in CSCO, but elected to wait another day or two.