This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

The Angry Attorney: Ask Noah

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Q: Here's the deal: I'm a defense attorney for the state. I think I'm taking each case too personally. I always thought I was a caring, non-judgmental man with the capacity to help others. Yet, working with these people has taught me that the exact opposite is true.

I feel incapable of doing what I trained so hard to do. I am starting to question whether I should stay in this profession. My recent experiences have been incredibly intense and I'm recognizing just how emotionally fragile I seem to be. What are your thoughts about this situation? Thank you very much, Noah.

A: Making judgments about your clients is inevitable. If you had no reactions to them, you'd be a possible candidate for psychiatric hospitalization. I do not know anyone who is that objective.

Yes, you're a lawyer. However, you're firstly a human being. (I will be kind and allow you to insert the joke here!)

Lawyers often suffer from anxiety, depression and other psychological/emotional disorders at a disproportionate rate to other professions. This is not surprising. It's a really stressful profession, especially if you're working for the state.

To begin handling your upset, I'd advise you to seek the care of a mental health professional. Discover the triggers that are causing your anger, stress and emotional fragility, and what may need more examination in the long run, for your happiness and the longevity of your career.

I can assure you that this isn't solely about your work environment. You may accurately perceive the issues to be exacerbated by work stressors, although I'd encourage you to look closely at other life stressors as well.

It may be that practicing the law no longer moves you. You may want to ask yourself why you began practicing law in the first place. I've met some very smart friends and clients who studied the law not based on their love of the legal process, but moreover they felt a JD would open many different avenues in their futures. This may or may not be applicable to your situation.

As you find a therapist, I would encourage you to begin reframing your focus. If the law is indeed for you, looking through a closer lens to examine your vulnerabilities will help you regain purpose behind your profession.

As you go through this very personal assessment, remember your options remain open. Please keep me posted on your progress.

Keep your questions coming. Send them to ASK NOAH at nskass@gmail.com .

Have a profitable and peaceful week,

Noah

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Noah Kass is a psychotherapist specializing in addiction, relationship issues and work stressors. He has been Clinical Director at The Dunes: East Hampton and Realization Center in Union Square. Mr. Kass was a frequent guest on MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show," featured in a segment called "Kass' Couch" and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,960.57 -123.23 -0.72%
S&P 500 1,978.34 -9.64 -0.48%
NASDAQ 4,449.5640 -22.5440 -0.50%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs