Crisis Highlights Need For Lawyers To Manage Stress

By Shannon Henson (May 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The economic downturn has caused some lawyers — who are already at statistically greater risk for suicide and depression because of their profession — to suffer anxiety and stress, sometimes with tragic results. However, consultants say law firms and attorneys themselves can take steps to alleviate the pressure.

Lawyers and consultants said firms should strive to be as transparent as possible with their attorneys because uncertainty is the most stressful aspect of the recession for many professionals. Meanwhile, legal industry watchers said it would behoove attorneys to be as proactive as possible and to try to remain positive.

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