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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How should I talk to professor if I have been absent from project for weeks due to mental health issues?

I am an undergraduate student. Four weeks earlier my professor asked me to work with him on a literature survey project. He asked me to update him every week about the status of the project. The ...
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How to search for a Career Counselor / Specialist for Life Sciences?

Does anyone know how I could go about finding a career counselor that can help an "ex-academic" in some way to find a job in "real world"? Essentially, I am looking for type of ...
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If/where should I explain the reason of my low BSc GPA in a PhD application?

I had serious health problems during my BSc studies and got a very poor GPA of 2.88 to be exact. After that, (I think) I performed much better in MSc, got a 3.75 GPA, and published two peer-review ...
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How To Professionally Address A Mental Breakdown

I’ve been fairly strong throughout Covid, able to push myself to work every day (6-7 days x week) because my thesis project has been somewhat compromised by Covid that this is my unfortunate reality. ...
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Regarding a PhD advisor rejecting student due to health problems

I have a colleague (call them "Joe") in my PhD math program who told me that they approached a certain professor (call them "Dr. X") to ask them to be their advisor. Joe seemed ...
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What to do with students requesting deadline extension due to the death of a relative (but without a doctor's note)?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant for several courses in STEM in the US at the college level. During the past two semesters since Covid19 started, I have noticed that whenever a deadline ...
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Is it worth it to continue thinking about academia? [closed]

I will try to make this short. My Ph.D. was in life sciences. I was a part of an "International Ph.D program in life sciences" in Germany. The Ph.D was a nightmare of its own. I had to ...
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I am unable to submit online quizzes on time due to technical difficulties, and it is negatively affecting my mental health. Can I get extra time?

I am an undergrad student taking a chemistry class. We have a 50 minutes quiz every week during the discussion section. The TA usually emails this quiz to us, and while my class is at 1:00 pm, the TA ...
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How is disclosure of previously undiagnosed long term health condition likely to be viewed when evaluating academic track record?

Considering situations where an individual academic track record is to be evaluated - whether by grant panel, job interview panel, promotion panel etc. If the individual were to make a statement along ...
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What and how to write about these problems in my CV when I apply to phd program in Europe

I completed my Masters in mathematics in my home country (a developing country in Asia) in June 2020. I applied to 6 professors to do a PhD in the last semester of my Masters. I was rejected for 5 and ...
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Should I quit my PhD after 4 months?

I've been thinking a lot before asking this question, but now I feel it's time to seek some advice. I started my PhD a couple of months ago and now it is almost 4 months since I put my hands on this ...
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Which software converts academic publications from PDF to Word without mangling complex formatting?

I'm asking about this in StackExchange Academia rather than a software-recommendation site because I have conversion problems specific to the layout of academic publications. I'm helping a student who ...
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Handling wasted time [closed]

I'm 27 years old, currently doing a Master's course in eletrical engineering in Germany. I have a problem with my mindset having to do with my past. When I was 16 I was strongly addicted and smoked ...
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Is it too soon to leave TT position? [closed]

I am an Asst Prof. I started during COVID so I know things aren't normal. I love my colleagues but I have been having problems with my chair. This week after a reasonable request regarding my career,...
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How to plan my day? [closed]

I am a M.Sc. math student my head hurts badly dring first half of day and as day comes to end or let's say after 6:00pm I regain focuss. During the first half I think I can accomplish and do all task ...
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Struggling with Lab Dynamics and Mental Health

I am currently pursuing a master's degree and I am one of two students working on one project. This project takes a team science approach to answering a question, which normally one would find ...
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I am about to fail a required course due to difficulties caused by mental health issues. How can I save my degree? [closed]

So I expect to finish my master degree next August, and I was supposed to pass one undergraduate course to fulfill my degree requirements. I took this course last year and I failed it, so I had to ...
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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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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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How do people have so many papers in just one year?

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student majoring in computer science. My advisors don't do anything for me unless saying that my ideas are really simple. I've got so many rejections for my papers, on the other ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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