By Lindsay R. Faulkenberg, Kids' Voice of Indiana
Many of you who attended Bench Bar this year had the opportunity to hear Andrew McKenna speak. Mr. McKenna is a former heroin addict turned bank robber. Before that, he was a JAG attorney, then a Justice Department prosecutor. He wrote a memoir about his experiences called Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner. Mr. McKenna suffered from depression and anxiety, much of it caused by the stress of being an attorney. I know for me and many other attorneys who saw his speech, we were taken aback about how someone so successful could fall from grace so easily.
I also recently saw this article in The New York Times. It is written by the wife of an attorney who died from drug abuse. She digs deeper into drug abuse issues among attorneys. It's worth the read!
The original intent of my blog this month wasn’t meant to be so heavy, but these issues keep popping up in my discussions, at conferences, online, etc. I was talking to another attorney friend last week who mentioned taking some time off because the stress of work was affecting her health. Bottom line: take care of yourself! Take time off! I know that's easier said then done, but perhaps these stories will strike a chord. We have a little bit of summer left, so go soak up the sun!
And, on a random side note, here is some interesting reading for when you do take that much needed break!
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