By Dan Bowling, The Careerist The Careerist: Lawyer Depression Begins Early March 4, 2014 5:24 PM EST | 3 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints Lawyers have one of the highest proportions of suicides among all occupations—and the bar admissions vetting process could be making the situation even worse. Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products American Lawyer digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 3 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions Marjorie Silver Aug 03, 2014 Not only are bar associations not catching on quickly enough, New York has moved backwards, recently adding intrusive and likely illegal questions to the current bar application, without any opportunity for the LAP community to comment. not available Mar 05, 2014 The most prevalent mental illness among lawyers, as among the general population, is addiction, specifically alcoholism. Alcoholism, like all addictions, is a chronic, progressive brain disease. It‘s treatable. Perhaps not as successfully as one might like, but on a par with other chronic diseases that require substantial behavioral change, like diabetes and hypertension.Unfortunately, many people still don‘t believe addiction is a disease. That‘s why science-based education is so important.For a not-for-profit website that discusses the science of substance use and abuse in accessible English (how alcohol and drugs work in the brain; how addiction develops; why addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease; what parts of the brain malfunction as a result of substance abuse; how that malfunction skews decision-making and motivation, resulting in addict behaviors; why some get addicted while others don‘t; how treatment works; how well treatment works; why relapse is common; what family and friends can do; etc.) please click on www.AddictScience.com. not available Mar 05, 2014 Good article. However, I think that a common sense view would hold that their is just not enough leisure time for folks in the legal community to lead balanced lives. Back in the day, a young associate could be counted on a regular basis for a game of tennis, a round of golf, a spirited regatta with senior partners and clients. No more! Add to that the added complexities of both spouses working... Well, I think it is quite obvious... Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202645430465 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.