If you’ve ever known lawyers who struggled with addiction or a mental health problem, chances are they were quite reluctant to admit anything was wrong. Even in the face of compelling evidence to the contrary, they likely denied the existence of any struggle, perhaps even cautioning you not to believe your lying eyes.

But why? Why exactly are lawyers so afraid to admit these types of problems, often to the point of a mutually exhausting campaign of gaslighting and duplicity? Often it is because they don’t want to appear unreliable, untrustworthy, incapable or otherwise less-than. Above all, they don’t want anyone to think they could be impaired.

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