Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lawyers with Depression: An Interview with Dan Lukasik

Do you know what profession has the highest level of depression?

That'd be Lawyers.

Attorneys take a lot of guff. From lawyer-hating jokes to late night comic jabs. Cases that are adversarial, hostile and highly pressured. In truth, it's a profession where someone either wins or loses. There's no in-between. This all-or-nothing way of working can wreak havoc if you're not careful.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Lawyers with Depression founder, Dan Lukasik, for a conversation about depression in the legal profession. The biggest issue for anyone interested in, or currently practicing in the legal profession is that your analytical and arguing talents prime your for developing a mood disorder.

For more on learning why and discovering tips to combat depression, read the interview here.

13 comments:

purple pineapple said...

oh wow, I had no idea. I always thought it was Dr.'s that would have the highest levels of deperession because they often spend the majority of their day listening to what's wrong with their patients.I can only imagine how that would be very demanding on them personally. But yes, I can definitely see now how Lawyers would take a lot of grief too. That's a great interview Dr. Deb! :)

Wanda's Wings said...

This is not surprising.

OHN said...

Hi Dr. Deb....I just wanted to pop over the tell you in case you weren't told, you were a judge on L&O SVU a week or two ago. (I DVR and am getting caught up). The Hon. D. Serani....appropriate.

It made me smile :-)

Dr. Deb said...

Purple,
Hubby is a lawyer and though is very good at it, it is so hard on his mental health. I guess every job has the potential to cause great stress, right?

Wanda,
I agree.

OHN,
I know. I saw! Except this time, my character name was a man! Thanks for sharing and coming by.

Counselor CEUs said...

I have interviewed many attorneys and never met one who enjoys their work. When I meet someone in law school, I implore them to interview seasoned attorneys about job/career satisfaction. I also see a clinical narcissism trend among attorneys (not to stereotype or label- just a trend)

Dr. Deb said...

Conselour,
I agree with you :)

Whereapy said...

Interesting, I read that doctors and veterinarians had the highest suicide rate of "professionals." Perhaps doctors just have more ready means to make an end of it.

Do you think lawyers are more likely to seek treatment?

mrwriteon said...

I could be snarky and say that lawyers deserve to be depressed. But, that would be an insult to my beloved grandfather and some highly respected friends.

In any case, this was extremely interesting, Deb, and enlightening.

I'd always thought it was dentists with the highest depression rate, so I stand corrected.

Dr. Deb said...

Wherapy,
I know many lawyers who are uncomfortable seeking treatment, though they desperately want to. Stigma gets in their way. And yes, about your doctor comment. Easier access to lethal means.

Mr. Writeon,
Dentists have the highest suicide rate.

Counselor CEUs said...

Dr. Deb here is my mental health blog if ya wanna check it out http://nicolehiltibran.blogspot.com/

Dr. Deb said...

Counselor,
I linked to you in the sidebar, Tweeted and FB-ed you too. Nice to network with good resources. Thanks for the info.

~Deb

Counselor CEUs said...

Thanks Dr. Deb. Aspira CE and Nicole Hiltibran both liked your FBand Twitter page. Going to link blogs also. Nice to connect!!

Rose said...

I can believe that! And don't let them from out someone is truly guilty but they have to still try to prove their innocence. I think I too, would be very depression.