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Lawyers Less Depressed Than Many?

Posted Oct 16, 2007 3:29 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Despite all the complaints about how difficult it can be to practice law today, can it be that attorneys aren't as depressed as a lot of other folks? A recent study suggests the answer to that question could be yes.

Doctors, teachers and janitors may have a higher incidence of major depression than attorneys, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. However, engineers, managerial employees and construction workers seem to be happier than lawyers.

Other studies, though, have suggested that depression is a significant problem for many lawyers, and conclude attorneys are more depressed than members of any other profession, notes Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground. More statistics are provided in a Florida Bar News article and an article from the Verdict, the journal of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Legal Ethics Forum ("Law: 40% less depressing than selling fast food").

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