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There are high rates of depression and anxiety within the legal profession. Here are some statistics surrounding those claims and tips on surviving these feelings and leading a more positive and happy …

There are high rates of depression and anxiety within the legal profession. Here are some statistics surrounding those claims and tips on surviving these feelings and leading a more positive and happy life.

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  • 1. LAWYERS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION AT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. twice the rate the lawyer happy An estimated suffer from depression by the time they graduate. 40% happy WORK.LAWYERING JUST ISN’T 7 10IN lawyers responding to a California Lawyers magazine poll said they would change careers if the opportunity arose. THERE ARE HIGH RATES OF WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION. depression & anxiety Lawyers rank fourth among professions with highest suicide rates. 4th IN THE PROFESSION. There is pessimism An ABA Young Lawyers Division survey indicated that 41% of female attorneys were unhappy with their jobs. 240,000 OUT OF THE 1.2 MILLION LAWYERS IN THIS COUNTRY lawyers are depressed. Break the Bonds of Depression Remember that you can survive depression. You can come out the other side, succeed and grow. Leave negative things behind and take hold onto some positive ones. spirituality PRACTICE MINDFULNESS AND POSITIVE, PEACEFUL MEDITATION It can ease your stress. Get help. Consult a therapist, consider medication or call a hotline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or National Helpline for Lawyers 1-866-LAW-LAPS). LET GO OF past wounds. EDUCATE YOURSELF about stress, anxiety & depression BE BETTER organized. colleagues around you. Avoid negative exercise that enhance feelings of optimism and satisfaction. Your body produces endorphins which are natural mood boosters CHANGE THE nature and variety of your legal work. between your personal and professional life. Find balance Stick with it! Did you know lawyers who have been practicing for a decade or more tend to be happier than those with less experience? Find ways to make the practice of law more enjoyable for you and then stick with it. It’ll pay off in the long run! SOURCES: http://joshblackman.com/blog/2014/01/20/lawyers-rank-fourth-among-professions-with-highest-suicide-rates/ http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/therapy-matters/201105/the-depressed-lawyer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSKpA7c9ETs | http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyer_assistance.html http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/articles/10-ways-lawyers-lawyers-deal-depression/ http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/articles/7-things-lawyers-can-break-bonds-depression/ http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/voices-of-experience/lawyer-breaks-silence-about-depression-among-lawyers/