Here’s a link to an insightful article about the prevalence of depression in the legal profession. Some points to ponder from the studies cited in the article:
- Of 28 occupations studied, lawyers were the most likely to suffer depression, and were more than 3.6 times more likely than average to do so.
- A quality-of-life survey by the North Carolina Bar Association in 1991 revealed that almost 26% of respondents exhibited symptoms of clinical depression, and almost 12% said they contemplated suicide at least once a month.
- Male lawyers are twice as likely as the general population to commit suicide.
- In all graduate-school programs in all professional fields except one, optimists outperform pessimists. The one exception: law school.
Every now and then, I toy with the idea of returning to practice. This article reminds me why I left it in the first place.