October 17, 2019 Articles

One Lawyer’s Struggle with Anxiety and Depression

Regardless of your firm size or area of practice, mental health affects many in the legal field and can unfortunately take dominance over one’s life.

By Michael S. McKnight

The story of my struggles with anxiety and depression are not unusual. Those closest to me would say I began showing signs and symptoms of my struggle at least ten years before I finally broke down and sought treatment. For me, the most prevalent sign was a never-ending feeling of frustration and anger with everything—my personal life, professional life, and even my favorite forms of recreation. Nothing was ever good enough. No one, including me, could do anything right. Misery became a constant unwanted and unwelcome companion, and I didn’t even realize it at the time.   

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