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Quiz: Is Your Legal Work Impacting Your Mental Health?

I feel more happiness than stress or worry about the future.

I feel I am reaching my potential.

I no longer enjoy my hobbies or previous interests.

I often feel down, depressed, or hopeless.

I feel unmotivated at my job.

Thinking about all I have to do at work prevents me from getting a good night's sleep.

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

You’re in pretty good shape.

But make sure you keep moving in the right direction. You feel like you’ve got this life, work, and motivation thing in hand. Though you have stress, pressure, and deadlines—down days—like anyone else, your job is probably not challenging your overall happiness. At least not more than any other job.

But be sure to keep an eye out for any of the signs in this quiz. Feeling those down days more often, or losing your handle on the coping skills and motivation that keep you going, can mean your current role has taken a turn for the worse. Also, look for ways to make your daily living even more enjoyable and fulfilling. There’s always room to improve in key areas of your life. In the meantime, keep on doing what you love: living life meaningfully and practicing law with the best of them, while striving for more.


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Your job may be challenging your mental health.

Make sure it doesn’t become a bigger problem. You may be balancing your personal and professional life, but it feels like you’re walking on a tightrope a little too often. The same goes for your work-related stress, close relationships, and overall life satisfaction—you’re not at the edge right now, but you can’t say you’re too far away.

It’s time to take a good hard look at your current job and/or how to handle stress. Looking for a new job is a tempting first move, but that may not be the answer if you end up in a similar environment with a similar workload and related stressors. If your job is truly the issue, then a new job or possibly a career change is worth considering. However, it may be that you just need to work on building your resilience and creating effective ways to handle those rough weeks, or find some peace of mind in the midst of a challenging workday or assignment.

Your job may be seriously impacting your mental health.

You’re struggling to balance your personal and professional goals, navigating the ups and downs at work, and living an enjoyable and meaningful life. You often feel down, depressed, or hopeless about a better tomorrow.

But now’s not the time to give up. Whether you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, or a mood disorder, you don’t have to face it alone. There are many compassionate, discreet resources available for lawyers…and many successful lawyers who have felt exactly how you feel now. You are more than your job, and there’s no shame in reaching out for help when you need it.

One concrete thing you can do is connect with your state’s LAP. Use this resource specifically created for lawyers.

Reach out to those who care. Even calling one of the hotlines and talking to someone can make you feel a little bit better.

Or consider taking some time off to reflect on your next choices, professional and otherwise. We fully understand how important our work is to us lawyers, but try to put it in perspective. No job is worth your mental health.


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Your job may be seriously impacting your mental health.

You’re struggling to balance your personal and professional goals, navigating the ups and downs at work, and living an enjoyable and meaningful life. You often feel down, depressed, or hopeless about a better tomorrow.

But now’s not the time to give up. Whether you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, or a mood disorder, you don’t have to face it alone. There are many compassionate, discreet resources available for lawyers…and many successful lawyers who have felt exactly how you feel now. You are more than your job, and there’s no shame in reaching out for help when you need it.

One concrete thing you can do is connect with your state’s Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP). Use this resource specifically created for lawyers.

Reach out to professionals who can help you. This list of helplines can connect you to the right counselor who can help you with what you’re dealing with. Even calling one of the hotlines and talking to someone can make you feel a little bit better.

Or consider taking some time off to reflect on your next choices, professional and otherwise. We fully understand how important our work is to us lawyers, but try to put it in perspective. No job is worth your mental health.


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