Updated: Aug. 21, 2018

Scholarly and lay publications regularly report that compared to those in other professions, lawyers have some of the highest rates of substance abuse, depression, and mood disorders. Educating yourself is essential in addressing the concerns that can hamper a career.   
The information below should not be mistaken for mental health diagnoses. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, help is available. The counselors at the Member Wellness Program are available to consult with you individually on a broad range of mental health issues.  

Links to information are provided by the American Bar Association.

Stress

The demands of the legal profession can cause lawyers to experience harmful amounts of negative stress. More about the symptoms and management of stress.

Depression

Depression is common and treatable. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of depression.

Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are those that are repeated due to a strong impulse — such as gambling, eating, or shopping — often against the individual's self-interest. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of compulsive behaviors.

Suicide

There is a strong correlation between suicide and the mental health issues listed above. Recognize the warning signs of suicide and prevention strategies.

If you have had thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to contact a Member Wellness Program counselor. The Member Wellness Program does not, however, have the staffing capacity to provide 24/7 emergency coverage. If you feel in crisis, please call 911 or contact your local crisis hotline if one is available. National hotlines available 24/7: 800-784-2433 or 800-273-8255.


Additional Articles & Resources

Getting Handle on ADHD (PDF article courtesy of the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program)