Lawyers suffer greater rates of depression than the general population but may hesitate to get help because lawyers expect themselves to be perfect, to be high-functioning at all times, to have all the answers and to be strong. Being human, even lawyers get depressed at times. Just as lawyers advise their clients to get legal advice at an early point in a process or matter, so too is it important for lawyers to get help early. Doctors know that the longer depression continues, the harder it is to treat and the longer it takes to treat effectively.
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The symptoms of depression vary by individual and the more commonly seen symptoms include:
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies you once found pleasurable
- Fatigue, decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide
- Aches or pains, headaches, or other physical symptoms that do not ease with treatment
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Self-test for depression. NOTE: This is intended for informational and not diagnostic or treatment purposes. If you believe you are suffering from depression, seek the advice of a licensed mental health professional.