Why are lawyers killing themselves?

Posted on 08-14-2014 by
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With the most recent news of Robin Williams, brings to light just how serious of an issues depression is for the population. Earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the latest data on suicide deaths by profession. Lawyers ranked fourth when the proportion of suicides in that profession is compared to suicides in all other occupations in the study population (adjusted for age).They come right behind dentists, pharmacists and physicians.

“One by one, state by state, bar associations say the tally is rising: Lawyers are killing themselves.”

Lawyers are prone to depression, being 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers. This is all according to article available earlier this year by cnn.com,

So, what’s a lawyer to do?

Dan Lukasik, created the site Lawyers With Depression 5 years ago to help other lawyers affected by this illness. (Dan himself was diagnosed with depression ten years ago and worked hard to recover from it.)  

According to Dan, “The stigma is huge with mental illness and depression in this country. ... You're supposed to be a problem solver, you're supposed to be a superman or superwoman. You're not supposed to have problems," he said. "The general public already has a problem with lawyers and when I started to talk about this problem they didn't want to hear it. They thought, 'a person who makes a lot of money and has this job should not be having this problem.' ”

Visit the Lawyers With Depression site for more information.

The above article is an excerpt as reported by cnn.com.  

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