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Ending the Epidemic of Lawyers’ Depression and Substance Abuse Disorders

C. Stuart Mauney
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We know lawyers are especially vulnerable to depression, suicide, and substance abuse disorders. But why is that? And once we know why, what can we do about it?

A lawyer commentator rhetorically asked, “Does the way that lawyers are encouraged to think and work make them vulnerable to depression?” (posted at www.legalcheek.com, Sept. 19, 2013). She began to answer by referencing circumstances familiar to busy lawyers: long hours, heavy workload, and lack of job security. But as she points out, there must be something more insidious at work…

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Ending the Epidemic of Lawyers’ Depression and Substance Abuse Disorders
TortSource, Volume 17, No. 4
Summer 2015