In recent years, there has been a lot of news about mental health issues plaguing the legal profession, including dangerously high rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and even substance abuse among lawyers.
A 2016 article published in The Journal of Addiction Medicine, detailed a collaborative study by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, which showed that in a sample of 12,825 licensed attorneys, 20.6% screened positive for hazardous, harmful and potentially alcohol dependency. Furthermore, 28% of the attorneys surveyed in the study were experiencing symptoms of depression, 19% were experiencing symptoms of anxiety and 23% were experiencing stress. Last summer, the New York Times published the alarming article, "The Lawyer, the Addict", detailing the hidden drug abuse of a practicing attorney who ultimately died, likely due to a drug overdose. More recently, in March 2018, the Harvard Business Review even reported that legal practice is the "loneliest" profession. Many lawyers also report suffering from burnout, which can be avoidable and is not necessarily inevitable.