Understanding Stress, Trauma, Addiction, and Bias in the Legal Profession
Lawyers face stress daily and are subject to circumstances that can lead to higher stress levels than those with other careers. There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for substance use problems and mental illness, particularly depression, which are also more prevalent among lawyers. By understanding this continuum and the facts about addiction and mental illness, lawyers can reduce their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a mental health or addiction/dependency problem. This program will present signs, symptoms, risk factors, and recovery regarding these problems. The presenter will also provide personal examples and information on Minnesota’s lawyer assistance program.