Indeed, a study recently reported in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that more than half of doctors now report feeling burned out. An American Bar Association study found "as many as one in three lawyers is a problem drinker and one in four has some form of depression or anxiety."
On my NPR-San Francisco radio program today, I interviewed eminent trial attorney Gary Gwilliam on the emotional side of being an attorney. He had a severe drinking problem but no longer drinks, so my core question was, "What got you into and out of drinking?" He said he developed an alcohol problem to relieve work stress and simply because he liked drinking. What got him on the wagon was a confrontive intervention by his friends and family. Today, he meditates to keep on the wagon.
Here is what I do to prevent and respond to stress.
I made a number of career decisions to minimize my stress:
I recognize that not everyone can or wants to make such choices but it can't hurt to think if and how you could structure your worklife so as to reduce your stress.
Dealing with stress.
Of course, no matter what you do to prevent stress, it's an unavoidable part of life, in and outside of work, Here's what helps me cope with stress:
Feel free to share your stress-busters as a comment below.