"[Joseph] LeDoux believes it is crucial to regard the feeling of fear and anxiety as fundamentally human experiences. Only humans - can we say with certainty - wake up at night and fret about their savings account, and whether or not their lives have been meaningful." - Casey Schwartz, New York Magazine, July 23, 2015. Here is the article.
According to anxiety expert Joseph LeDoux, fear and anxiety disorders are the most common current psychiatric problem.
They eat into the lives of 20% of Americans. Annually, they swallow up $40 billion in lost productivity. How many lackluster briefs have you turned in because you had angst-induced brain-freeze.
And we humans alone on planet earth experience them. If you got it, you can be reassured that you are not a sophisticated robot with highly refined artificial consciousness the law firm leased for document review. And because your animal companions don't have any real concept of angst, they don't know why the hell you have such trouble sleeping or staying asleep.
No surprise, lawyers are trying out mindfulness. But, as television personality Dan Harris admits, all that re-wiring through meditation has only been about a 10% of an overall game-changer. Doing cushion time is useful but not enough.
Medication entails experimentation. Some pharmaceutical cocktails are effective for X patients and some aren't. Lawyers frequently don't want to be involved in A/B testing.
Identifying a less anxiety-producing work environment can have, though, a major difference.
That's possible in law. That's why some lawyers have pre-selected themselves for government jobs. They do their regular hours and that's that.
Others choose laid-back metro areas like Tucson, Arizona versus the pressure cookers on the coasts.
Some quit law and go to China. There they teach English as a second language and assist well-off parents in getting their offspring into an elite university in Europe or the U.S.
Whatever the fix, there has to be one. Otherwise, lawyers will be hiring their own lawyers to apply for SSI.