The Law According to Ben
Defense Attorney Ben Dusing represents high profile clients while transforming the business of law in the Tristate.
The Hall of Fame and Dead Kentucky Lawyers
“It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives…”
“According to a Kentucky Bar Association official, the incidence of depression for the general population is 10 percent; for lawyers, it’s 40 percent. There’s also a higher rate of alcohol or drug addiction among lawyers.”
Broken Hearted Idealists
“A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine committed suicide. He was a little younger than me. And he was a lawyer. I’ve had four friends commit suicide in recent years. All lawyers. Is there any link between these horrible events and their profession?”
Rash of Ky. lawyer suicides concerns colleagues
State bar president urges lawyers to watch out for each other.
When Depression Turns Fatal
“Thoughts of suicide are not the distressed individual’s problem. They are the distressed individual’s perceived solution to the real problem or problems.”
Chasing – from Bench & Bar September 2011
“Every year in Kentucky, never mind the rest of the country, we lose a few of our professional brothers and sisters to drugs, alcohol or other mental health issues. And sadly, it is a loss that is almost completely preventable.”
Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse: The Unholy Trinity
“It’s no secret that the legal profession attracts perfectionists and rewards perfectionism. Perfectionism is what drives us to excel in college, in law school and on the job. But perfectionism has a dark side. It can produce “a chronic feeling that nothing is good enough.”
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Prevent Suicide – from Bench & Bar July 2013“The problem is that when it came to depression, not many folks have been listening. Hopefully, all ears are now open to hear this message of hope.”