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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Higher suicide rate

Personality characteristics often associated with lawyers, such as perfectionism and competitiveness, when combined with depression may be contributing to a higher suicide rate in the legal profession, an expert says.

Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology, a group devoted to suicide prevention, says risk factors for suicide include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide ideation, divorce and stress. And lawyers experience many of these risk factors at higher rates than the general population, he says. Lawyers are also more likely to be perfectionist and competitive, personality traits that make a person considering suicide less likely to seek help.


"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress."
 - John Adam's

23 comments:

  1. your quotes always make me laugh! :D

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  2. Sounds tough, being a lawyer.

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  3. Interesting, nice post.

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  4. The quote is funny. Depressing data.

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  5. Hey my dad just started a blog about his dealing with depression, anxiety and all that, though he's not a lawyer :p http://crazypsychiatry.blogspot.com/
    Interesting post and great quote as always :)

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  6. Good quote, depressing statistic.

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  7. Sounds rough, pretty sad to think about that kind of stuff.

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  8. you really find the best quotes

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  9. I would think personality disorders would go hand in hand with lawyers.

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  10. Damn it must be tough to be a lawyer. When there's a lot of power at your hands it comes with big responsibilities

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  11. thats quite a shocking fact ive never considered before!

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  12. John Adams knew what he was talking about.

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  13. I wonder what the suicide rate is among the suicidologist community.

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  14. damn....lol i didnt think it was that difficult

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  15. That's really interesting XD Don't go killing yourself now

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  16. Everyday I doscover something new with your quotes.

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  17. John adams is such a smart man ;D

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  18. That's some depressing stuff.

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  19. scary stuff; hope this won't affect you!

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