Schizophrenic law professor: we can thrive
5:39 pm, January 28th, 2013
Successful lawyers with serious mental illnesses have been making news lately. Earlier this month, we reprinted an article from our affiliate, the Connecticut Law Tribune, about a lawyer on their governor’s commission reviewing the Newtown shooting. A lawyer with bipolar disorder was named to the panel, and she shared her story.
Now a schizophrenic law professor from the University of Southern California, Elyn Saks, has written an op-ed piece in The New York Times showing how it’s possible for mentally ill people to succeed.
“Although I fought my diagnosis for many years, I came to accept that I have schizophrenia and will be in treatment the rest of my life. Indeed, excellent psychoanalytic treatment and medication have been critical to my success,” she writes. ”What I refused to accept was my prognosis.”