On physical and psychological health issues affecting academics and researchers, including impact of illness on research output or grades, health-related side effects of the academic lifestyle, health insurance for those employed in academia, etc. Use 'medicine', not 'health-issues', for questions ...

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Would several withdrawals (W) affect my chances at graduate school admission [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate math major and I have already had to drop two classes (one due to my mother being sick and other to do with an attendance policy). This semester I'm having trouble with my health ...
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My advisor said he has to mention my mental health condition in recommendation letters. How much can he say?

During my PhD I suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, that was officially diagnosed. I had to stay away from the University for a year, however this issue didn't affect at all my productivity ...
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Asking for a letter of recommendation from a professor who's witnessed my breakdown

I'm currently applying for an intensive language program, and I've taken courses with a professor whose letter of recommendation would likely carry a lot of weight– he speaks the language fluently, ...
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How can we help cope with sleep deprivation among university students?

Sleep deprivation is a common problem among college students that has become so serious that universities in the US have taken measures to help their students overcome it. As a particular example, ...
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Does the school or the student cover health insurance for PhD students in the US?

I was just wondering what people's experiences were regarding health insurance at US institutions for PhD candidates. Does the school, itself, cover the cost, the individual, or something else? I am ...
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Should I explain my poor performance during undergrad, due to mental illness, when applying for PhD?

I was mentally ill for the first three years of my undergraduate studies (altogether, I had the diagnoses of severe depression and anxiety disorder for about five years). The diseases delayed my ...
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Should I mention this health issue I had on my graduate school application?

Towards the end of one particular semester, I had some health issues which forced me to travel in order to get treated. This resulted in me missing the last two weeks of courses and all my final ...
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Mental health problems affecting performance in coursework. Who (advisor, professors) should I talk to, and how?

I'm a U.S. student studying abroad in Canada and also an undergraduate student. I believe my question could apply to graduate students in the same situation, i.e. someone who has not had prior mental ...
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Should a personal statement for grad school discuss large challenges in personal life?

"Large" includes "health issues", among other things. I know someone facing this situation. She has successfully used her story in applications to important programs during undergraduate, and it did ...
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Applying to PhD programs in mathematics, how to address (now resolved) health issues that affected GPA and subject GRE scores? [duplicate]

I want to apply to a doctoral program in mathematics (I am currently a master's student) that is strong in algebra. The schools I found that have what I am interested in are "tier 1" schools with very ...
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I could see what part of the exam paper another student seemed to be focusing on, now I'm worried I was cheating [closed]

I suffer from OCD and intrusive thoughts. I was once in a test and we were given this extract on a page. I had been analysing the top part of the extract, only. Then, I may have seen the other ...
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Include Disability in Statement of Purpose [duplicate]

Should my disability be included in my Statement of Purpose? Background: I've recently received my masters degree in mathematics and I'm looking to transfer for my PhD. I had an undiagnosed ...
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Mental Illness as a cause of academic disruptions [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate mathematics major and I also struggle with PTSD and depression. A lot of the trauma is triggered by being in a close-spaced classroom environment which makes attending classes ...
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How do I speak with my professor about my mental health?

I'm an undergraduate in my junior year, and I've been having an especially bad month when it comes to my mental health and academic performance. Two weeks ago, I discovered that I had two midterms, ...
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How to deal with an abusive advisor?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I've been having a difficult relationship with my advisor, and I need some help on the matter. Some background When I just started my graduate studies, my ...
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How to alleviate “back to school” anxiety as a graduate student?

I find myself experiencing back to school anxiety as a new semesters begins in less than three weeks, mainly because the unpredictability associated with graduate life. In some ways it feels less ...
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How do I tell my PhD advisor that I'm about to start medications that impair my cognition?

So I'm bipolar, and earlier this year my doctor put me on antipsychotics. They made it really hard for me to think, and my advisor expressed frustration with me not doing calculations fast enough, ...
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Two years into my PhD program, and Mom is dying of cancer. Should I tell my advisor about it?

I just finished my 2nd year of PhD, and my mom has been dying of cancer since the end of my 1st year. She nearly died in January but thankfully pulled through. She was just diagnosed again a few weeks ...
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How should I inform my advisor about struggles with Aspergers syndrome? [duplicate]

Although similar questions have been asked before, I hope this is not a duplicate as I'm not asking about whether I should inform my advisor (that's already decided), but how and when to do it. My ...
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Should universities give extra time or related accommodations for students with mental illnesses?

Based on this question: Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well? To my knowledge, I don't think my university or home department has a policy on extended time exams or a ...
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How do grad schools look upon students with chronic illnesses?

The chronic medical illness has affected my ability to take the most rigorous schedule and led me to withdraw from one class and also take a year break in my undergraduate education. I'm wondering ...
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Is there a standard of professionalism in academia requiring me to hide self-harm scars if I'm otherwise comfortable leaving them exposed?

I'm a student intending to stay in academia, and I'm reaching the stage where I've begun to TA classes. If all goes well I'll be teaching courses for the rest of my career, so I want to make sure I'm ...
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My PhD situation is giving me anxiety attacks. Is quitting (and losing 2 years) my only option? [closed]

I am currently in my second year of my PhD and I am having a horrible time. I feel like I am not cut out for academia and I frequently have anxiety attacks. I would like to do something else, and if ...
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Is it good to buy health insurance for time period between the date of entry into US and the date on which university insurance coverage starts?

I will be soon joining a PhD program in US on an F-1 student visa. I will be entering US about 20 days before the university academic session starts. The university will be providing health insurance ...
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How do I tell my advisor about mental health problems?

I'm an undergraduate student (20f). I have 2 academic advisors - one in the Honors College & one in my department. I met with the Honors advisor recently to discuss study abroad and we somehow got ...
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What specific techniques can help someone facing mental health problems (depression, anxiety, ADHD) have a productive academic career?

Question originally found here In the past few months, I have been diagnosed for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. While learning this has been helpful, treatment made my already poor performance ...
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I am interested in graduate studies, but I was dismissed from my undergraduate program for poor grades. Where do I go from here?

I've had a tumultuous undergraduate experience, to say the least. After being suspended freshman year, being re-admitted in the Spring of 2014, and a rough 2014-2015 academic year, I've been dismissed ...
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Leave of Absence from PHD

What are the benefits and harm of taking a leave of absence after the first year of PhD? ......My situation is as follows.... I just completed the first year of PhD in Epidemiology at one of the ...
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How to overcome these learning difficulties and progress in academia?

I am a mathematics graduate who recently dropped out of a PhD for personal reasons. I also have Asperger's Syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 1996. Since dropping out, I have been thinking long ...
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Why are there so many mental health problems in academia?

One thing I've been really curious about recently is why there is a very high tendency for academics to suffer from mental health problems (e.g. anxiety and depression). There are a bunch of factors ...
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How to say good-bye to an unhelpful and undisciplined professor? [closed]

DISCLAIMER: the following story does not necessarily correspond to the facts in reality. In particular, it does not necessarily correspond to the author of this post and his/her supervisor. I joined ...
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Should an advisor care if their student becomes overweight?

So your student is becoming overweight: does this negatively impact your research group in some way? Should an advisor care?
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Will my Professor tolerate this medical excuse again? [closed]

A week ago In one of my classes I e-mail the professor and asked to reschedule one of my quizzes due to illness generated from sleep deprivation, she accepted and was highly considerate of my ...
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I am so tired and un-focused in my postdoc. Is quitting my position a good choice?

About 6 months ago I finished my PhD and started a new postdoc at a prestigious lab at a prestigious university. I was very burned out as I completed my PhD, but I hoped starting fresh I'd find ...
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As a Ph.D. advisor, how do you feel about taking on students with diagnosed depression or bipolar disorder?

Assume a student with diagnosed depression or bipolar disorder has already been admitted to the university, and thus has a resume comparable to their peers. How do you feel about taking them on?
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Should I disclose my mental illness and medication in a PhD position interview?

While I was doing my PhD in my previous position I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I started medication however as a result I could not concentrate very well and it made me quit my previous ...
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Is there a maximum duration for an MS in Germany, and are there allowances for medical leave?

Does someone here know how many years at the maximum one can take to finish MSc degree in Mathematics in Germany ? My friend enrolled for three semesters on regular basis but due to his mental ...
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Developing meta-cognitive and emotional skills during PhD?

I am convinced that I possess sufficient "cognitive skills" to succeed doing my PhD. Reflection on myself, however, confronts me with the fact that my "meta-cognitive" (time management, mental ...
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At what stage in academia are you most likely to suffer a mental breakdown? [closed]

Let's see, just in this week alone I got the news that I have failed four of my midterms (out of five courses in total, the last course doesn't have a midterm), achieving around 40% in each, quite ...
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When to get a doctors note if I might have to miss an exam?

I've got a midterm tomorrow and have been increasingly ill for the past few days. I need to decide whether or not I'm going to write the midterm, and if I don't I'd need some sort of proof that I was ...
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Is it common for people in academia to experience prolonged lack of sleep and how to deal with it?

Stuck in the lab again, for the third night in a row. I have never done three in a row I think I might just break a record. I cannot sleep, because the lab is super crammed and uncomfortable and I am ...
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How does Stephen Hawking conduct his research?

I've recently watched The Theory of Everything and it got me thinking. How does a researcher with a serious physical impediment, such as Stephen Hawking, conduct his research? Academic life usually ...
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Is it worth seeking disability accommodations if I get good grades anyway? [duplicate]

I have bipolar disorder and take medications that make me foggy and confused. Because of this I am thinking of asking for extra time on tests. But I generally score in the upper half of my classes, ...
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What are the health impacts of standing / sitting while lecturing?

I often find myself lecturing for 7 hours in one day. This question is not about how to reduce my hours, it is about making healthy choices with my existing constraints. I am lecturing to different ...
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Impact of student suicide on PhD advisor’s tenure prospects

If a PhD student kills himself, how does that affect the advisor? Does it count against him for tenure purposes?
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What do I do as a depressed and incompetent TA?

My mental health is declining and as a result I haven't been a good TA. For example I let my students out of section early because I was too tired to present some of the material, and I did not ...
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Prof's neurological health is declining rapidly. What can I (TA) do?

I'm a law student acting as a teaching assistant/fellow for a tenured and notable law professor. Between last year when I took the course myself and now when I am a TA/TF, his mental acuity and health ...
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Is it possible for people with a stutter to have a career in academia?

I understand that it is difficult for people with stuttering to verbally communicate and explain their ideas/research or to give lectures. Does that means there is no chance for them to work in ...
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How to handle a student's public speaking anxiety when teaching a class that requires presentations?

In one of the courses I'm teaching this semester, each student has to give a 20-minute in-class presentation of a paper relevant to the topic of each class. One of the students has approached me ...
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Would most PhD supervisors stop working with a student who was unproductive due to clinical depression?

Suppose a PhD student got clinically depressed and stopped producing research for a year or two. What would most PhD supervisors do in this situation? Would it be considered usual or acceptable to ...