The Importance of Maintaining Mental Health for the Professional Attorney

As an attorney, your profession is often a point of pride. Building a legal career takes many years of education and long hours of work. Attorneys are dedicated, exceptionally intelligent, and motivated in the extreme. While a career in the legal profession can be rewarding, it could also contribute to a great deal of mental and emotional stress. Work-related pressure contributes to overall health problems, such as heart disease and depression. In fact, among any profession, attorneys have the number one incidence of depression. There is a high rate of alcoholism and dependency among lawyers and, unfortunately, a higher than average suicide rate.

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