TORONTO – New Canadian research suggests lawyers are more likely to experience mental health struggles the more successful they are in their field.
The study from the University of Toronto, slated for publication in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, compares two national surveys of thousands of lawyers in both Canada and the United States.
In both countries, researchers found a strong correlation between signs of depression and traditional markers of career success.
Lawyers holding down jobs at large firms in the private sector, widely considered to be the most prestigious roles, were most likely to experience depressive symptoms.
Researchers say the findings buck trends found in the general population, where career success is typically equated with fewer mental health risks.
Lawyers say professional bodies have recently begun acknowledging mental health concerns, but say the research findings highlight the need to keep pushing for change within the industry.
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