A depressed lawyer still needs to get things done, and there are ways to do it. Depression affects the legal profession and lawyers particularly hard, a significant number of whom suffer from alcohol or mental health issues. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out for it.
“Getting things done when you are depressed is tough. You have difficulty getting going in the morning. Your concentration is less than optimal. You may feel worn-out or be sleep-deprived. Your motivation is low. Does this sound familiar? If you’re struggling with these symptoms, you’re not alone. A 2016 study of nearly 13,000 currently practicing lawyers from 19 states found that approximately 28 percent struggle with some form of depression. This rate is several times higher than for the general population. (more…)