Has The Legal Profession Had A Negative Effect On Your Mental Health?


I think that’s a very significant finding and points to the fact that we’re falling short of what we could be offering people.At a high level, that is something that is going to repel people from the legal profession.

— Patrick Krill, an attorney who is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and works as a consultant to numerous law firms on mental health and substance abuse issues, commenting on the fact that when asked, “Do you think the profession has had a negative effect on your mental health over time?” 74 pecent of the more than 3,800 respondents to ALM’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey said yes.

Here some additional findings from the ALM Survey, some of which may be shocking to you:

  • 56 percent of respondents said mental health problems and substance abuse are worse in the legal industry than in other industries;
  • 41 percent of respondents said mental health problems and substance abuse are at a crisis level in the legal industry;
  • 17.9 percent of respondents said they have contemplated suicide during their professional legal career;
  • 31.2 percent of respondents said they are depressed;
  • 64 percent of respondents said they have anxiety;
  • 10.1 percent of respondents said they have an alcohol problem; and
  • 2.8 percent of respondents said they have a drug problem.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.





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