Question of the Week

What advice do you have for lawyers experiencing anxiety?

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, affecting 40 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 18% of the population, every year.

Lawyer and Jeena Cho wrote in her latest On Well-being column that there is no magical cure for anxiety, but with persistence, lawyers can train their minds to relax. She provides three strategies and lessons that she has found invaluable.

The landmark 2016 American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study found that 28% of licensed, employed lawyers suffer with depression. The study also showed that 19% have symptoms of anxiety.

This week, we’d like to ask: What advice do you have for lawyers experiencing anxiety? How can lawyers avoid burnout at the office or anxiety before a hearing or while in court?

Answer in the comments on our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Check out last week’s question: Why did you choose to become a lawyer?

And view some of last week’s answers from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Featured answer:

Posted by La Barker on Facebook:

“I was inspired by the fictional television lawyer Clair Huxtable. As a 7-year-old, I thought she was spectacular. She was a mom to five kids. She was married to a doctor. She lived in her own brownstone. And she was an attorney. The character was a dedicated career woman and a dedicated mom. As a young woman, she was my ideal feminist role model.”

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See also:

ABA Journal: “Are you a lawyer with public speaking anxiety? You are not alone”

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