As attorneys, you face high levels of caseloads, and the work can seem overwhelming and endless.. 15 million adults in the United States suffer from Depression (source) – that is an estimated 7% of the population! Depression certainly has a genetic component, but it can also be caused by stressors (finances, work stress, marriage difficulties) or trauma.. More specifically, according to a study done by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 28% of attorneys have claimed to have difficulties with depression. Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from a depressive disorder (source).
So what IS depression? According to the American Psychological Association, some of the symptoms of depression include: low mood, changes in sleep, changes in appetite, loss of energy, loss of interest, low self-esteem, hopelessness, changes in movement (slower or more tension), and muscle pain. Symptoms can also include a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, or difficulty making decisions.
Do these things seem familiar to you? The good news is that there are wonderful resources that you can reach out to for support! Depending on the level of depression you are experiencing, there are a lot of great options for treatment. Outpatient Therapy can be a great resource to get some coping and stress management skills, healthy boundaries and relationship management, and self-compassion in overwhelming or self-critical situations.
Check out the services offered at these highly accessible locations:
CARE Counseling – focused on 1-hour weekly sessions for low acuity
2000 Aldrich Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
PrairieCare – offers a variety of care levels based on your needs
Located throughout the Twin Cities