It’s well known that members of the legal profession are plagued by depression and substance abuse. The causes are many. Lawyering is a contentious, combative line of work. The pressure to bring in new books of business combined with the relentless requirements of the billable hour cause undue stress. It’s a demanding job full of constant and unexpected deadlines. And, sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’re unable to achieve the desired results for your clients.
That’s why lawyers suffer from depression at twice the rate of the general population, with suicide rates that are nearly 4 times higher than other professions. And 40% of law students are clinically depressed before they even graduate!
Lawyering isn’t always easy. But if you take steps to balance the demands of your work and use tools to streamline your law practice and increase productivity, it can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career.
Yes, the statistics are sobering. But don’t give up hope! Learn more about depression in the legal profession–and how to break the bonds of depression–from the infographic below: