Where there is a significant disparity in wealth, power and status there usually occurs more mental illness than where that's not the situation. That has been confirmed in the research by Sheri L. Johnson of the University of California, Berkeley. Her conclusion, explained an opinion piece in The New York Times, was:
" ... psychiatric conditions like mania and narcissim are related to our striving for status and dominance, while disorders such as anxiety and depression may involve responses to the experience of subordination."
Here you can read that commentary by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The headline is "How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul." There was a time before psychology became a field with its own terminology that society framed emotional discomfort as a kind of soul sickness.
Too many in BigLaw seem to have a variety of diseases of the soul. They might not have even noticed them because those probably took root when they had to accommodate themselves to the power structure of higher education. "They," that is, the deans, professors and even graduate assistants, had the power. Those determined to get into a good law school had to figure out how to please the "they."
One side effect of institutionalized inequality, say Wilkinson and Pickett, is " ... we are less nice and less happy." That applies to both ends of the income, power and status spectrum. The organizational culture becomes nasty and sad. Perhaps that could be part of the explanation why lawyers have a higher rate of mental illness, substance abuse and suicide than the average population. It could result from a mashup of higher education, which they had to take very very seriously, and passing through BigLaw, even for a year or two.