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Wellness Guide: Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety

This guide is intended to provide the Berkeley Law community with wellness and resilience information. The guide offers a host of internal and external resources in a wide variety of mediums.

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Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety - About

The Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety section of the Wellness Guide offers suggested resources for those suffering from substance abuse and the preconditions that lead to substance abuse. The Guide is also intended to eliminate stigma surrounding addiction, depression, and anxiety by shedding light on its prevalence--particularly in the legal field--and to dispel control myths by providing information about the causal links.

Because the research librarians are not mental health professionals and cannot provide counseling or medical advice, we strongly encourage students to reference the Counseling Resources section of the Guide for more information about who they can speak to directly. 

Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety - Law School Resources

Berkeley Law Counseling Services

Whatever it is that you are navigating (personal, school-related, etc.), remember that you are not alone. We have confidential counseling services available at the law school: Dr. Linda Zaruba is available in 374A on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To make an appointment, text or call her at (510) 326-1267. Dr. Christine Chang is in 374A on Tuesdays. To make an appointment, contact her by email. 

Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety - University Resources

University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers short term counseling for academic, career, nutrition, and personal issues (including group and / or couples counseling). CAPS also has psychiatry services for when medication can help with counseling. There is no charge to get started and all registered students can access services regardless of their insurance plan. For more information about CAPS, including appointment availability, CAPS staff profiles, and general informational handouts, please visit the Health Services site.

For after hours crisis services:

  • Call the After Hours Counseling Line at (855) 817-5667
  • Use the Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis via text messaging

Addiction, Depression, & Anxiety - External Resources

American Bar Association 

The Anxious Lawyer

The Anxious Lawyer provides a program on meditation and mindfulness, created by lawyers for lawyers. The program draws on examples from real professional and personal experiences to create an accessible and enjoyable entry into practices that can reduce anxiety, improve focus and clarity, and enrich the quality of life.


Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness.

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