Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that high-earning lawyers are more likely to report depression and poorer health than their lower-earning colleagues.
The research finds that the more lucrative the role, the more likely a lawyer is to experience symptoms of depression, lack of work-life balance, dissatisfaction with their choice of career, and substance abuse.
In a survey of thousands of American and Canadian lawyers, higher-status lawyers in large firms reported more depression than lower-status lawyers; poorer health in the American survey, and no health advantage in Canada.
Demanding hours with limited opportunity for achieving work-life balance were the major contributing factors.
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