The Negative Effects of Law School Stress on Brain Cells (And Ways to Combat Them)

According to University of Denver law professor Debra Austin, it’s not just anxiety, panic attacks, depression, substance abuse and suicide that law students need to worry about as possible side effects of too much stress, (as if those aren’t enough), it’s also the weakening or even death of brain cells. In her recent Loyola Law Review article, Austin explains how high levels of stress – the exact kind law students experience – can actually diminish cognitive capacity. She offers neurobiological reasons why programs such as onsite gyms, stress management classes and mindfulness training work to improve student and employee performance, and aims to educate students, faculty and lawyers on how to be proactive in mitigating stress-related damage.

Read the ABA Journal coverage here.
Read the Loyola Law Review article here.

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