ATLANTA - The Student Health Law Association and the Career Services Office hosted Mr. Evan Katz, better known as “The Anger Guy,” on Monday, March 5, 2012. Mr. Katz has a master’s degree in counseling and has worked for the State Bar of Georgia for the past several years helping professionals balance being a lawyer while maintaining their humanity.
Mr. Katz began the lunch-time discussion by explaining his personal history and his own experiences in dealing with stress, depression, and anxiety. He then talked about common cognitive distortions that law students may experience, like the desire to be perfect, focusing on the negative aspects of situations, or turning smaller challenges into catastrophes.
“Many points really hit home, and I appreciated the occasional reminder to retain the aspects of my life that make me a better-rounded individual,” said Sarah Ketchie, 2L, who has served as President of the Student Health Law Association this year.
Mr. Katz went beyond showing how to recognize anxiety issues in oneself, and also discussed dealing with these situations with other individuals. He explained how to objectively recognize these problems in other students and suggested some constructive ways to handle them. “Overall, I really enjoyed Mr. Katz’s discussion,” said Ketchie, “and I hope I can use some of what I learned when working through upcoming finals.”
Mr. Katz’s book, Inside the Mind of an Angry Man, can be found in the College of Law Library.
For the video of Mr. Katz’s presentation, please click here.