Questions tagged [health]

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 on health and medicine as an academic discipline or field of study.

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Our final exam has us work in pairs. I am struggling with personal issues and worried about being able to pull my weight. Should I ask to work alone?

I am an undergrad about to graduate this month. I've been dealing with post-traumatic stress and severe depression for almost two years now. This time of year is especially difficult for me due to ...
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Depressed with my PhD studies [closed]

I am suffering from a severe depression as I'm not happy with my ongoing PhD research. What should I do? Should I quit or should I move on? Please help me.
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Is non-degree studies a viable path to a master's degree?

I had a very rocky undergraduate math career that ended with me having around a B- average due to undiagnosed/untreated anxiety issues. This means my final GPA is around a 2.8. Would non-degree ...
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What can I do when anxiety causes me to perform poorly in oral exams and class discussions?

I have this class where we have oral exams once in two weeks. I am honestly trying my best. I am preparing for the class and I think I understand all the material. I can do all the assignments (albeit ...
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Telling my supervisor about my medical condition

I am a graduate student and I am more than half way through with my thesis. I was diagnosed with epilepsy 3 years ago, and in order to control my seizures I take Depakote. Now my seizures are under ...
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I am totally disappointed of publishing a paper, is there any way to find hope?

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student majoring in computer science. Even while I'm writing this, I feel so embarrassed. I cannot publish a paper. My advisors don't do anything for me. I am totally alone. When ...
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How to deal with a mentor asking for sudden tasks

Consider the following conversation: Mentor: What is your progress? Me: blah.... blah... blah... Mentor: Okay. Me: What about other tasks (if any)? Mentor: Do not worry about them, I can handle, if ...
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Am I rational to be hopeless to have an academic career after my mental recovery?

I used to be a PhD student in one of the top research institutes in Germany. Then I realized I have a mental illness and my mother insisted that I go to a psychologist. He told me that I have a ...
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How to deal with fear of exams, perfectionism, and feeling inadequate?

I will get straight to the point without much details about my mental state. I am currently studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I would say that it is a demanding program. My school ...
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How to differentiate “imposter syndrome” from actual lack of suitability for grad. school/academia?

A lot of graduate students/applicants, it seems, suffer from "imposter syndrome." Typically, these are bright, high-achieving students, who nonetheless doubt their ability, and this most ...
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Should one disclose “red flags” when contacting a potential supervisor?

If one has a "red flag" in their history (in terms of non-academic issues), is it best to disclose it to a potential supervisor? This can apply to any type of situation (a conflict with a ...
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How to deal with student with low self-awareness about health condition?

Summary: Student got defensive when I suggested he might have some neurologial issue that should be checked, should I apologize or how to address the issue? I am a PhD student advising a student ...
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Finding it difficult to keep up with coursework after joining a strong master's program in mathematics. How should I study? [duplicate]

I am doing M.Sc. in Mathematics from a reputed college in India. But I have a humble background in mathematics. At my undergraduate college most of my batch mates were not interested in mathematics, ...
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How do conferences work for deaf scientists?

Watching various COVID-related briefings, I notice there is always a sign language interpreter. This is clearly necessary, yet thinking about all the conferences I've attended in the past, literally ...
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Should Professors use COVID as Discussion Board Material?

I am not a professor, but I work at a Community College. I work with students directly (basically a tutor) and someone asked me a question that I didn't know how to respond: Is it appropriate for ...
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How can I recover professionally from being a crank?

Three years ago I got kicked out of graduate school in physics. I was suffering from mental illness, which led me to believe I made a huge discovery in physics. But my advisor kept saying that what I ...
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COVID-19 anxiety's impact to my output: any strategies for mitigation?

In the COVID-19 pandemic I am dealing with anxiety for the first time, and professionally floundering. I'm usually good at prioritization, but the state of the world means emergencies, and anxiety ...
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Career advice: How to move on in academia after a negative PhD experience?

I am post-PhD and I am really struggling with the job search phase of my career. My PhD took me almost a decade to finish, with time off, because after successfully completing all of the requirements ...
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Teaching visual tools for visually impaired students?

I am teaching a module related to data visualization. Thus, of course, most of the tools are visual tools, that is, tools for visualizing summaries of the data. I have visually impaired students, ...
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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? [closed]

Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for university students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? Does it forbid punishment of unethical behavior which is ...
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Mental Health and Reading Papers

I am a first year PhD student, and since starting, I’ve had worsening mental health problems which I have tried to deal with to no avail. I ended up failing quite a few things in the second term ...
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I'm very concerned about the mental health of my co-worker: how can I help them?

So I was working with someone from a different University on a project and I have started to become very concerned about their mental and physical well-being. The messages which they sent me a day ...
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How should I apply for readmission to a graduate program from which I had to withdraw due to misconduct caused by a disability?

A few years ago, I was required to withdraw from a PhD Program at my previous institution because of academic misconduct. However, doctors found it was a result of disability. I have spent a few years ...
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Tips required ::: How to engage facebook group memebers to gather data for text anlaytics task [closed]

I am working in NLP (Text Analytics) domain. I am asked to perform some text analytics tasks (tasks such as Sentiment Analysis, QA using NLP? ) on a Facebook group. I am not sure how to engage group ...
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Any tips for preventing perfectionism when it comes to notetaking?

This is a slightly seperate question from before. I was curious on hearing any tips from the community regarding: Preventing perfectionism when it comes to notetaking? It can be trying to make the ...
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What is the expected level of commitment for postdoc positions?

Recently there have been a couple of questions generating discussion on the level of personal commitment required for PhD positions and what kind of personal sacrifices students should be willing to ...
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What can be done to improve mental health in academia: more research into mental health of academics or better preventative measures? [closed]

I am speaking from my experiences with mental health in academia: After being a grad student and a postdoc for several years, I developed severe mental health issues (after being completely healthy ...
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Coping with “survivors guilt” in Academia

I managed to get a tenure-track academic job in the last month. While I'm thrilled and relieved to have secured employment, I feel somewhat guilty about it. The current employment situation is dire, ...
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Going into a PhD expecting to take longer

I'm in the following situation: currently I'm finishing my Master's in (mathematical) Logic in Amsterdam. I'm interested in doing a PhD (preferably in the US), either in something more applied or in ...
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Should I Disclose Mental Health Conditions to a Potential Advisor Before Applying to the Program? [duplicate]

I know there are a lot of questions about whether or not to disclose mental health issues to advisors, but the difference is that I'm asking whether to disclose these conditions before they agree to ...
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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far [duplicate]

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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What should I do if a group project member is not contributing anything but is also depressed?

I know these questions have been asked before but I would like some advice and perspectives on what I should do when mental health comes into the equation. The context is: an undergraduate class with ...
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How to Interpret This Response to a LOR Request [duplicate]

As I mentioned in my last post, I experienced a lot of stress during my last undergraduate semester as well as an episode of depression due to my professor's upcoming retirement. (I deeply admired her ...
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How Would You React If a Student Complained to the Dept. Chair About You but Later Apologized and Disclosed Mental Illness? [closed]

After experiencing a lot of stress during my last undergrad. semester (and an episode of depression caused by my favorite professor declining to be my grad. advisor due to retirement), I worried that ...
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How should personal/health be presented when explaining a bad grade at an interview?

For a PhD interview (European paid PhD which requires a MSc), what is the best way to present personal and health issues when motivating a bad grade? To put it in perspective, I have overall good ...
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Asking for a recommendation letter (Post-Doc) when you have Bipolar Disorder

I'll be defending my PhD soon and I want to ask two professors for a letter of recommendation. They both know that I've been responsible with my work lately and I've made an impressive progress. The ...
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Oral Defense for Hearing Impaired Student

Does any one have an experience with a hearing impaired student undertaking an oral defense of graduate thesis? I have a colleague in my graduate program who is profoundly impaired in both ears (to ...
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How should I respond to a worrying email from an ex student?

I run a lab at an R1 university in the USA. Almost ten years ago I removed an undergraduate volunteer student from my laboratory group for harassing another student. Today I received a multi-page, ...
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what do you do if you have test anxieties? [closed]

What is the best way to resolve test anxieties?
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Extra time when time is of the essence (U.S.) [closed]

In the U.S. context, I am wondering how colleges deal with the accommodation of students with disabilities when testing something for which "time is of the essence". Consider, for example, a sight-...
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How to ask for excused absences or switching to online class [closed]

I am a junior at a large state university. Lately, as you all have probably heard, the coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire and we all should be scared. My instructor is from China, and my school ...
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PhD supervisor wants me to quit after break

I have been studying for a PhD and unfortunately had been suffering from depression during the first year and on medication, so I didn't make much progress at all. My supervisor seemed understanding, ...
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Advice on what to do about academic situation that ended badly?

‪(Content warning - some people may find this post distressing due to discussions of mental health and self-harm. Hello academic community - I could use some advice! I’m a 1st year PhD student, and I ...
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Mental Health in Academia [closed]

It has been one year that I am in this lab. The lab publishes great and my supervisor is also very famous. The problems are that my supervisor is hardly there in the lab and out for talks/lectures. I ...
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Books on strategies for fighting imposter syndrome in an academic environment

I have completed my graduate and post-graduate studies, and have been hired in a very good, national-level, organization where everyone like myself is fully qualified for pursuing tenured positions. ...
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Too late for accommodations?

Posted here as OP is not on SE: Ok I have a dilemma. I am a university student. I was re-diagnosed late with ADHD due to a misdiagnosis of severe depression and anxiety, I have struggled at university ...
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Re-applying to the PhD Program after Illness

I started in a combinded MS/PhD program and was on the PhD track, but for mental and physical health reasons I had to switch to the MS track. I had not yet made it to the research part of the program, ...
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Worries because I'm slow in understanding course materials and my mind goes blank in exams [closed]

I am undergraduate in Computer Science and my problem is that i don't quite understand what's wrong with me When I am taking a course I am able to understand it but at much slower rate then other ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

TLDR: I am attenting a seminar where the grade is based entirely on a talk I hold. The responsible lecturer fell asleep during the talk multiple times, and I am worried about my grade, feel insulted ...

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