Is This Anxiety?

As attorneys, we understand we have to manage stress. A little stress may help us perform at our best, but too much can be a problem—and may cause excessive anxiety. If you were able to worry less, what improvements would you see in your life and your practice? Do you want to find out? Read on for some steps to get started. 1. Accept that you’re in good company. In any given year, approximately 18% of adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder. While more serious than everyday stress or worry, anxiety disorders are not a sign of weakness. Start by accepting these truths for yourself. Yes, some people still believe mental illness carries a stigma—but with 40 million people affected every year, that perception is unjustified. (There’s a reason why CLEs on mental health are often approved for elimination-of-bias credits in Minnesota.) You take care of your body when you have a physical illness, why not take care of your mental health as well? 2. Learn more about the symptoms of anxiety disorders. An anxiety disorder can take various forms, including generalized anxiety disorder, phobia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more about the symptoms of each, here are some resources: Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Anxiety and Depression Association of America National Institute of Mental Health National Alliance on Mental Illness 3. Don’t let fear stand in your way. Even if the symptoms sound familiar to you, you might still hesitate before talking to someone about them. Some attorneys, perhaps due to work in litigation or personal experience with the legal system, fear their mental health records might be discoverable. Others worry about how their life will be upset by a diagnosis. They wonder what will happen, and what may need to change. These fears are...

MFAN Hosts Conversation with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual

On May 14, 2014, representatives from Minnesota Lawyers Mutual accepted an invitation from MFAN to sit down and discuss the contours of malpractice insurance coverage for freelance attorneys. Members in attendance at the regular bi-monthly MFAN meeting had the unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Timothy Gephart and Jayne Harris of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual to ask questions, pose concerns, and solicit opinions regarding malpractice insurance coverage for legal work done on a freelance basis. Not only was the information received extremely helpful, but the lively conversation also expanded the working knowledge of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual regarding freelance work being done in the local legal market. MFAN thanks Minnesota Lawyers Mutual for taking the time to provide interesting information, listen to concerns, and support the future expansion of freelance law practices in Minnesota! Effective September 10, 2014, Emerald has accepted a position with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings and is no longer working as a freelance attorney. You can reach her at emerald_gratz@hotmail.com. MFAN Bio | Email | LinkedIn | Google Plus | MFAN...

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