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Quick thinking and intellectual capacity is a vital strength in the legal profession and can be significantly damaged by alcohol dependence.
“I am being put under pressure by my Head Clerk/Principal”
Drug addiction and dependency
Addiction refers to the long-term compulsive use of a drug. Dependence refers to the body’s natural way of normalising levels of a drug and the consequent requirement of higher doses in order to give a ‘high’.
There are three main types of eating problem; Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and Binge eating.
“I can’t cope with how much work I have to do now”
When you find yourself behind with your paperwork or payments and don’t know how to deal with it.
Gambling takes many forms, from the seemingly innocuous lottery and scratch cards many of us use weekly to online bingo and sports betting on the high street.
Lack of sleep
Sleep appears to have some key physiological and psychological purposes. Primarily, sleep allows our bodies and minds recovery time.
Panicked in court
“I’m petrified about my next hearing and I have no idea how I am going to get through it”
An attitude or standard set by yourself to achieve unattainable goals, rejecting anything less than perfect.
Possible professional error
When you have made an error or judgement call and don’t know what to do.
Rumination is the act of turning a thought, option or idea over and over in your mind.
“Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind, and can be very addictive”
When you are overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities as a barrister and feel out of control of the situation.
Vicarious Trauma is the trauma that you may feel when you read or hear someone else’s trauma; where you may begin to experience symptoms associated with the event.
The information and resource packs on this website are designed to help you and your colleagues to work as a community for better wellbeing and professional resilience. If you want to provide feedback on these resources, or to get involved in promoting wellbeing please get in touch.
It can be difficult to make a living from law and it can be pressurised and demanding. Competition and an adversarial approach to everything can make collegiate relationships difficult. This website aims to provide you with the knowledge to manage these stressors, make emotionally informed, wise professional decisions and thrive in your chosen profession.
A simple expression that sums up wellbeing is ‘travelling well’
1 in 6 barristers feel in low spirits most of the time