The Careerist: Lawyer Depression Begins Early

, The Careerist


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.

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    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

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    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...

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