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Questions tagged [health-issues]

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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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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Regarding hiding depression during application

I had dropped out of a masters program because of depression in 2015. I free-lanced for a few years, co-founded a tech. startup and my depression diminished, but then I met with an accident in 2017 ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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Transferring PhD programs due to parent's sickness

I am a PhD student that has just started my third year in a scientific field. Since I have started my program, my mother has been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer. It has recently gotten worse ...
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Mentioning mental health in a supplementary application essay

I'm applying for a PhD in neuroscience and I've recently finished writing my SOP and supplementary essay. My supplementary essay asked me to respond to the prompt "Please tell us about an incident in ...
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What should the instructor do about a student who is not aware of their disability?

A student has obvious symptoms of a disability which is relevant to the instructor's class. The student does not appear to be aware of the disability. The disability does make it harder for the ...
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How to cope with life changes and burnout after PhD thesis submission? [closed]

The last year has been ridiculously difficult. I can easily say it has been 90h weeks 12 months in a row, with the hours taken of rest being vastly overshadowed by intense guilt (over not using that ...
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Does FERPA require parental notification of disability assessment?

There are significant barriers asking and negotiating disability supports and accommodation at a college/higher education level. There is also a lack of awareness and education of the rules and ...
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A PhD student I know was terminated because of mental illness without any accommodation. What is the possibility of legal action? [closed]

This question is related to the experience of a close relative. He was a PhD student in the US. During his PhD, a little over a year ago, he was hospitalized with his first episode of mental illness. ...
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Applying to more selective programs after having been diagnosed with a long-term mental condition

I have discovered recently that I had ADHD, and possibly some other mental condition, which explain some past academic difficulties. This gave me hope that with treatment (which I will start soon) and ...
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How to adress failed PhD project from last year to gain admission at same University for Master's Degree?

I have the following issue with my application for a Master's Degree. Last year, due to my families financial circumstances I dropped out of an PhD project. Now I want to join the Univerisity under ...
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Doing a PhD while being unable to travel due to disability

I’m starting a PhD but I’m disabled and can’t travel. This means I won’t be able to present my work at conferences. Has anyone had experience this? Will it negatively impact on my research? My tutor ...
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Is declining an undergraduate award which causes me discomfort appropriate?

I have been offered an award to be presented to me at my graduation this summer at an English university. The award is not for academic achievement per se. It's for gaining my science degree despite ...
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I may leave a postdoc for industry after 6 months for health/family reasons…is it ok?

I have started a postdoc far away from home overseas, away from my family and with quite a large time difference. The original idea was for my wife to move over after obtaining a work visa, although ...
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PhD student with mental health issues and bad performance

One of my PhD students told me during a supervisory meeting that they have been struggling with anxiety and depression and self-referred to the university psychological support. They asked me not to ...
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What are the benefits (if any) of disclosing a mental health diagnosis/disability?

It's no secret that academics have a high rate of mental health diagnoses (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03803-3), and that academic career paths may disproportionately attract people ...
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Late withdrawal from all the courses after the census date as I had an accident and will be undergoing surgery [closed]

I will be undergoing surgery due to an accident that happened to me 2 months before the start of the term and I have been. The term has nearly ended and I wont be able to sit for final exams as I will ...
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What to do if my advisor insists on early attendance?

I have a genuine problem in waking up early in the morning. My advisor prefers to walk in my office whenever he wanted to. Lately, he started to complain to me about not showing up in the morning. ...
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How to take a mental health related leave of absence (immediately before quals) without revealing mental illness to advisor

Recently due to burn out, my physical and mental health have been deteriorating to the point where I believe I need several months of leave to recover before I can be at a point where I can function ...
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How to deal when you're an actual imposter in academia? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year PhD student at a well-ranked university, and am seriously beginning to feel that I'm an imposter in this place. My lab group is filled with people who ranked in the top 0.01 percent ...
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Disclose mental health issue during PhD during an interview?

I am about to face an interview for a one year fellowship. One of the criteria for the selection is length of time as a doctoral candidate. While I am within my registration period, I'm allowed one ...
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Passive discouragement and less supportive senior colleagues: What should I do?

I am a budding scientist (27 y/o, Doctoral candidate) and a lecturer in a University. In the early stage of my career, I have achieved some significant milestones in my field. However, sometimes I ...
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Health issues in grad school - how many extensions are acceptable?

I'm a graduate student in physics, and I've been having some major health issues. For the sake of anonymity, I don't want to say what they are, but they are NOT mental-health related, though they ...
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Academics with ADHD or autism: What workplace accommodations have helped you?

Folks, I have ADHD, and I'm considering a career in academia after I get my PhD. I am about to defend my dissertation proposal, and I expect to defend by May 2020. Part of the standard package of ...
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Was forced out of PhD for academic/health reasons, need advice on what to do next

I was accepted into a PhD in maths at a fairly highly ranked school in 2017. My supervisor was known for being quite demanding, but I wanted this because I wanted to push myself, and he is quite well ...
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Passionate about a PhD in math, but unsure how to explain my chaotic transcript due to mental illness

I'm passionate about getting a PhD in Math for a career as a research mathematician and then as an educator working at a community college. I got A's in community college. I transferred to our local ...
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Grad applications: mediocre grades from an ivy league (top 10) and outstanding grades from a smaller school; what should I do?

I began my undergrad at an ivy league university but decided to transfer after one year. It wasn't that the classes were too hard; I went through a bit of a mental health crisis w/ depression, which ...
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If my research is addiction related, can I tell the professor I have first hand experience?

I’m an undergraduate doing research in the bioinformatics department, and we are researching drug addiction. We are also attempting to incorporate the psychology cooccurrences (i.e. suicide ideation, ...
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I'm afraid of chemicals. How do I handle my required uni biology class?

I have a freshman requirement as a science student for at least 3 core science classes, and I picked physics as often as I could. However, I must choose either chem or bio as my third. I chose bio. ...
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Will my cancer ruin my chances of going to graduate school in math?

I commenced my bachelor of math 8 years ago and at the same time I was diagnosed to have cancer. Because of the treatment process and the emotional state that I was in, I only completed 3 subjects in ...
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PhD Application - if/where to explain reasons for poor GPA 10 years ago

This is a follow-up to my previous question. I'm currently in the process of applying for PhD programs. I finished college with a poor GPA 10 years ago; since then, I have become a successful ...
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How does academia handle those with test anxieties?

Suppose you truly know the material but cannot perform well in a testing setting because you have real diagnosed anxiety or testophobia. How is it accommodated? I was considering this for someone who ...

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