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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Law.com has embarked on a yearlong investigation into mental health across every sector of the legal profession. Over the course of 12 months, we will aim to shine a light on mental health, addiction, stress and well-being; destigmatize the issue; and identify methods to effectuate change.


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A few years ago, I ordered the records from my 2005 trip to a Dallas psychiatric facility, after a near suicide attempt. I was dragged there by my two brothers, kicking and screaming right into the admitting lobby. Obtaining mental health records is not something I endorse or recommend for anyone else. It was simply something I felt I needed to do for a better understanding of my journey. I had very little recall of sitting in that room with the attending physician, the psychiatric nurse and my two brothers.

The notes were revealing. Most of the time was spent screaming at my older brother, Mark, blaming his success for my perceived failures in life.

Of course, there is nothing further from the truth. One of the primary reasons I am alive today is because of his support and the support of my other sibling. My drug and alcohol issues also started long before his rise to fame. However, sitting in that dark room, still somewhat under the influence, none of it mattered. I was Fredo Corleone, and Mark was Michael. I was the shameful black sheep, looking for people to blame. Those who loved me most where easy targets.

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