Lawyers at high risk of alcoholism, drug use, depression and suicide

Rash of Kentucky lawyer suicides concerns colleagues | The Courier-Journal | " . . . “They learn that justice is not always done. Innocent people are abused and some go to prison. People guilty of terrible wrongs go free,” Cunningham wrote. “They worry that all the lost hours and missed holidays with family and friends ... do not matter. ... They become like a weak-kneed boxer in the 15th round. They keep flailing away. But they lose purpose. They lose hope.” Lanny Berman, director of the Washington-based American Association of Suicidology, said the competitiveness and perfectionism that make good lawyers — and the lack of fulfillment many lawyers feel in practicing law — put them at high risk of alcoholism, drug use, depression and suicide."

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