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Practicing Law Not Great for Your Health

According to a recent study by PsychSafe principal consultant Dr. Rebecca Michalak, lawyers have the worst health and well-being of any white-collar professionals. The study involved more than 800 white-collar professionals including 370 lawyers from firms and the bar, and about 170 lawyers working in government or in-house counsel roles.

The study found that lawyers' strenuous workloads, overtime and high pressure, resulted in lower psychological and physical health than other professionals, including substance use and abuse twice the rate of other professionals.

The study recommended moving away from "reactive" solutions and implementing preventative measures that will improve lawyers' work environments.

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