Washington Lawyer - January 2018 - 17
arolyn* was always a high performer. A good
student in college and law school, she used
anxiety as a motivator. It worked. That internal
feeling of pressure and tension was how she got
ahead. She was young and resilient. When she got out
into the real world of work and adulthood, the stress
claimed its price.
"I went straight from law school into a job," says
Carolyn, one of four D.C. Bar members who shared
stories of personal wellness journeys on condition
of anonymity. All names in this article have been
changed to protect their privacy.
"I am relatively junior, so having the responsibility
of being new to my career as an attorney, but
balancing that with still wanting to do a good
job and work well with my boss and colleagues,
I just felt like I had a lot to prove and I put a lot of
pressure on myself and allowed myself to feel a
lot of pressure from my workplace," Carolyn says.
"I was really, really stressed between my job and
juggling family and personal responsibilities. I was
sort of grasping in the dark not knowing what
I needed," adds Carolyn, who says she was also
overeating without realizing it. She heard about
the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), a
counseling service, and went in for an evaluation.
*Names have been changed to protect clients' privacy.