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Depression will affect more than 19 million Americans this year, and according to a Johns Hopkins University study lawyers have the highest rate of depression among the 28 occupations they reviewed.

Depression among lawyers is not a new phenomenon. President Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression his entire life.

There are resources for those seeking help for themselves or others. The Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program exists to provide such help, and their communication is confidential. They may be reached at 317-833-0370 or toll free at 866-428-5527. If a call to a peer is preferred, there is a list of attorney/judge volunteers on the JLAP website who are available to provide confidential assistance.

Bar associations from around the country have also posted online information about depression that is specific to the needs of the legal community. The Bar Association of Erie County has an informative video to help identify symptoms and provide solutions, and the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program has a similar video and materials, as well.

Members of the Indianapolis legal community in need of information are welcome to make a confidential inquiry to Julie Armstrong, IndyBar Executive Director. She may be reached at jarmstrong@indybar.org or 317.269.2000. Lawyers are problem-solvers, but struggling with depression is not a problem anyone should try to solve alone. There’s help.•

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  1. Based on several recent Indy Star articles, I would agree that being a case worker would be really hard. You would see the worst of humanity on a daily basis; and when things go wrong guess who gets blamed??!! Not biological parent!! Best of luck to those who entered that line of work.

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  3. Don't believe me, listen to Pacino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6bC9w9cH-M

  4. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  5. Attorney? Really? Or is it former attorney? Status with the Ind St Ct? Status with federal court, with SCOTUS? This is a legal newspaper, or should I look elsewhere?

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