Many lawyers struggling with stress can feel isolated. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Elizabeth Cavell. She shares her own battles with depression and anxiety and how lawyers can find the help they need to stay fit to practice.
"Lawyers are not generally open to talking about personal weakness, talking about failure, talking about struggles."
Stress and the legal profession tend to go hand-in-hand, especially for young lawyers. Many find themselves feeling isolated in their personal struggles, experiencing depression or debilitating anxiety in silence. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Elizabeth Cavell, a young lawyer who faced her own battles with stress. She shares her story and how lawyers can find the help they need to stay fit to practice.
Elizabeth Cavell presented at the 2016 State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference.
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We're Here to Help
The Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP) provides confidential assistance to help lawyers, judges, law students, and their families cope with problems related to the stress of practicing law.
WisLAP can help provide assistance and a listening ear at those times when you need someone to turn to.
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