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Study: Lawyers Are 3.6 Times More Prone to Depression

In-House Straight


A professor looks at a phenomenon few want to talk about: how depression affects the legal profession.

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  • One WHo Knows

    Many have inflated egos along with enormous arrogance; few ever admit they‘re wrong or made a mistake, in both their professional and personal lives. Was married to one - they made their mother very happy when they finally passed the bar! She now had a "professional" son! Too bad depression took its toll on him.

  • Actually, a lawyer’s job is very often to ensure that their clients are not lied to or stolen from in the course of every day tasks. By their very nature, these duties are inherently negative and contentious – even in the eyes of their own clients who often view such counsel as cynical impediments. I imagine that attorneys – particularly corporate attorneys – rarely get thanked any more than the dentist who performs a root canal or the physician who performs a spinal tap. In fact, I suspect that it is quite the opposite. Being well paid only goes so far.

  • Very intelligent comment by the below reader. Thank you for your opinion.

  • Lying and stealing all day can take a toll on one‘s psyche.

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