Thursday, December 13, 2007

"Quality of life for lawyers, he says, "'is a huge raw nerve.'"

That lawyers are among the most miserable of men -- and women -- is well-known. Some 19% of lawyers suffer depression at any given time, compared with 6.7% of the population as a whole, says the University of Arizona's Connie Beck, a leading researcher on the subject; one in five lawyers is a problem drinker, twice the national rate. Escalating billable-hours quotas fuel chronic overload, and the ceaseless deadlines and adversarial nature of the work feed anxiety. Some 19% of associate attorneys quit law firms every year, research shows.
This was not well-known to me. But here's a site for lawyers struggling with depression.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Makes me glad I'm a professor.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous allan said...

19%, eh? Considering they no doubt single-handedly create 52-73% of the public's depression, we ought to sue their asses for the overwhelming imbalance alone.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Liquidiamonds said...

my brother is an Atty with his own practice, which is probably why he's not depressed. He is however, extremely odd, and spends hours in his basement tying flies for fishing season...wait...maybe he is depressed...

10:49 AM  

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