Unless you’re an attorney yourself, you probably don’t realize the tremendous amount of stress many lawyers are under. Stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, which can lead to depression. In fact, a John Hopkins University study from 1990 found that of the more than 100 occupations examined for issues related to stress/anxiety, attorneys experienced depression at a rate more than 3 1/2 times that of other professions. The bottom line is this: lawyers, regardless of their areas of focus, are stressed out!
There are lots of reasons attorneys are stressed. Sometimes the caseload is enormous, and it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day. Many lawyers are “perfectionists” because they feel they have to be, considering the law profession is extremely detail-oriented. Attorneys want to win every case, and reach the best outcome for every client; this can be extremely stressful. Add to this the fact that many lawyers aren’t eating healthy diets or taking time to rejuvenate themselves, and it compounds the problem.