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How many are experiencing more anxiety than usual? What’s causing the added anxiety, besides lower than expected billable hours?

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Mainly lower billables. I'm an introvert, so I don't miss happy hour or dinners out. I'd like to be able to talk directly to friends and family (and coworkers) but it's not causing the anxiety that possible pay cuts/layoffs/definitely no bonus this year is for me.

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Low billables, uncertain economic times, cabin fever, low physical activity and, since I’m in finance, when work does come it’s from stressed clients and partners. My partner called this my “covid vacation” but he has no clue how stressed I’ve been. Recurring nightmares, constant chest tension. He doesn’t seem to know that my 150K of law school debt is like a anvil on my chest during this crisis.

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I wonder how many years into practice do people forget about the struggles of a young attorney. It seems most (not all ) partners are incentive to the struggles of student loans, being alone, financial insecurity, etc. since I don’t have kids apparently it’s easy to assume this is a vacation for me. When in reality not knowing when I’ll see the rest of my family keeps me up at night along with a million other things of course.

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It’d probably be a shorter list if you asked what’s not causing added anxiety. Lol It feels like everything is adding anxiety nowadays.

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Ummmmm pandemic lol

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D. All the above.

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Lower billables, job security, finances, delayed closing on new home, aging parents, maintaining mental and physical health in a very small apartment with a bitchy downstairs neighbor...I’m basically a walking ball of stress.

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