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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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My 1.5 time accomodations were not properly implemented, what can I do?

I am an undergraduate student in Canada. I have academic accommodations from the accessibility centre since I have autism and ADHD. I informed the instructor of my 1.5x exam time at the start of the ...
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How to become a competitive candidate for grad school after a ruined integrated master's degree?

I am 22 years old, about to graduate (delayed by one semester because I failed in two courses) with a dual major (one of which is an integrated Master's degree in a Physics, and the other a Bachelor's ...
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Nerves and putting a lot of pressure on myself for meetings and talks with supervisors/professors present

I’m a second year PhD student experiencing a great deal of pressure for meetings and talks when supervisors/other professors are present. I want to find methods for relieving a bit of this tension as ...
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How do I salvage my thesis and move on with my life

So I am a MS student somewhere on the east coast US as an international student. I have a rough draft of my MS thesis. I have been struggling really badly with motivation. I feel like I am able to the ...
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I ghosted a professor for two months. Not the first time this happens. Facing mental health issues but trying to recover. what to do now?

I am a delayed graduation facing (failed some subjects before, repeating a semester right now) 5th year integrated masters' student in a STEM field. I spoke to this professor about working a master's ...
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Removing name post-publication (moral objection to research)

I've been struggling with this issue for quite some time. I'm a postdoc who recently switched fields. I transferred from a field that had numerous ethical complications to a field that has almost no ...
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Feeling hopeless immediately after starting my MSc

I recently started my Master's in Physics. My Bachelor's was not in Physics, but all of my research was. I worked with a very supportive supervisor who wanted me to do my Master's thesis with him. He ...
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Are people with a mental illness advised against pursuing a Masters degree in some difficult topic (such as computer engineering)? [closed]

I have just graduated with a Bachelor degree in computer engineering. Most of the students who get a Bachelor degree at my university go furhter to pursue a Masters degree. However, I have a mental ...
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Is it unprofessional to bring up a personal / medical issue during the PhD viva?

When I submitted my PhD, I was newly pregnant. For context, I'm 34, and my husband and I had been trying to conceive for quite some time, so we were extremely excited. At around ten weeks, a ...
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Going through mental stress in my phd coursework. Any piece of advice?

I am a phd student and I have 7 other class mates who along with me were inducted this fall (2023) to the department of chemistry. We have to take 6 courses together before we start doing research in ...
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Applying for a PhD as a disabled person: apply for preferential access?

I am about to apply for a PhD position at a European university as an EU citizen. I suffer from a physical disability. As such, I have the right to apply for preferential access due to my disability ...
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What kind of hypothesis should I state in an application requesting public health data?

I work in a quantitative social science where it is not common to formally state hypotheses in papers or presentations. I am applying for access to public health data, and the applications ask for ...
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Does a professor emeritus typically retain full health benefits? [closed]

Across four-year universities in the U.S., do professor emeriti tend to receive full health benefits? Do professors ever retain health benefits in retirement? If not, how do retired professors ...
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Leaving postdoc after 6 months (or less)?

I just started a postdoc position at a prestigious institute in the US. I am one month in and the contract is for 1 year with a possibility of renewal (the project I work on received a 3-year grant). ...
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ABD candidate who developed cognitive deficits. Current functioning level is "borderline" with average intelligence. Is there a way to navigate this?

I'm a fourth year neurodivergent doctoral candidate who is also an instructor for this academic year (one year contract). I have had a tendency to make a fair amount of posts related to my struggles (...
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Would it be well-received to ask for the LaTeX source of a textbook?

My screen reader has a hard time with PDF documents. As I delve into more niche textbooks, I increasingly find them only in print/PDF rather than EPUB. This makes it difficult to learn when the screen ...
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Can I do a PhD in applied mathematics where I want to apply mathematics to mental health. is [closed]

I want to do a PhD in applied mathematics where my focus is on mental health. I honestly don't know how I can do that,
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Is it a good idea to open up to your PhD advisor about depression?

Basically what the question says: is it a good idea to sit down and openly talk with their PhD advisor about struggling with depression? Sending support to anyone out there struggling ♡
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Changing PhD 1/2 way through (want a different field)

A young me, BSc grad (Physics; UK RG uni), got a PhD (physics) offer in a field I did not apply for and then accepted (and rejected an offer from a topic I did have experience for) -- now I've '...
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I want to quit my PhD in year 4 because I'm depressed and unhealthy. How to do it nicely? [closed]

I'm an international student doing a PhD in California (UCR) for the past 4 years. This period of time has been nothing but nightmares. At least I got my masters last year, but immediately after I ...
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Would you publish a deeply personal essay about mental illness during PhD?

First a little background: I am in the middle of my PhD and recently came down with pretty severe depression. I would not say my PhD work is the cause of it (I am not in a toxic lab), but the immense ...
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Cancer when applying for university. Can I still get in?

I'm applying for university and I wonder if my cancer would ruin my chances of getting in? Another thing is it consider a disability? How should I go about mention it?
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What will happen if I quit my MS? Will I be able to get a job?

I am currently in my third year, 5 semesters over, of my MS programme at a top Indian institute. MS is a research based Master's programme in engineering. Being a research based curriculum, there is ...
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Applying to MS in CS or EE with Mental Health Struggle

Before I get into it, I'd like to say that I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts or advice, especially if you have any experience with EE or CS graduate admissions. I have just completed my third year ...
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Job applications and visible health condition

I would like to ask what the best way to proceed could be when submitting job applications given my health conditions: currently a postdoc in physics, I am affected by essential tremor (ET), the most ...
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Enrolling in a PhD Program and trying to obtain medical insurance

I personally do not know what to do. Currently I am employed in a state forensic hospital full time. I want to attend a PhD Program full time in Biomedical Engineering. I have been struggling with the ...
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Can I request that my PI remove a poorly-behaving member from my research group?

I am a third year student at a R2 university that puts an emphasis on undergraduate research. This university requires all students to participate in an off-campus research project during junior year (...
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Phd Advisor with Apparent Mental Deterioration

I am a 3rd year phd student in Europe, and my advisor told me that he has a neurological issue. I believe that this is causing some terrible form of mental deterioration which is affecting my work. ...
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Meeting with Student Ombuds tomorrow - any advice please on how to do so effectively? [closed]

I'm meeting with the Student Ombuds, to deal with bullying and harassment situations with my school. I've gotten legal involvement, and this is with respect to my disabilities. I take exams with ...
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What should I do after my PhD supervisor calls me a retard to my face?

I am in the 5th year of my Ph.D. studies. My Ph.D. supervisor always likes to mentally and verbally abuse me and some of our group members. This time, I really could not take it anymore and I want to ...
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What recourse do I have if the disability office grants unreasonable accommodations to a student?

I've talked to several colleagues who have expressed frustration at the amount of and kind of accommodations that some students receive. I know the Approved Position is "the disability office ...
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Obligations of Scottish Universities in regards to assessments for dyslexia and dyspraxia

Dyslexia and dyspraxia can be an issue for students in academic or practical aspects of their course. Sometimes it is undiagnosed, for example because the student cannot afford the cost of a ...
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Screen readers for arXiv/ar5iv?

I am dyslexic and often struggle with reading and comprehension. Screen readers, such as VoiceOver on Macs, can be helpful in addressing these difficulties. However, mathematics in arXiv papers can ...
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I feel like I didn't deserve to pass an exam [duplicate]

Recently I did my retake exam for Advanced Maths in college. Compared to the ordinary exam, it was easier. My grade was 9/10. I worked very hard for it, non-stop for 5 months, dealing with anxiety and ...
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Should I mention a previous burnout if it comes up in an interview for a PhD?

During my masters I experienced a burnout and as a result of that my masters took 3 years instead of the usual 2 years. I will have an interview soon for a PhD position and one of the questions that ...
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I have bad GRE scores because of a disability, but cannot afford the cost to prove that I need accommodations for the test. What can I do?

I am applying for a PhD in Sociology. My schools "require" scores of about 300ish and I scored 270. My reason for the poor score is that ETS requires medical tests I cannot afford (more than ...
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How to deal with terrible research and poor mental health?

I'm a master student employed at a company as a co-op intern. For the first half to two-thirds of the program I had really poor mental health and had extreme difficulty to focus on anything. I only ...
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Responsibility to report Health and Safety concerns

I'm a Ph.D. student who has recently become aware of several health and safety hazards in my lab, which I have been unable to address with my supervisor/other lab members. These hazards include ...
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How not to get jealous with people in academia and research which are more sucessful than me? [duplicate]

I am a 2nd year research masters student in a University in Europe. My nationality is not European or North American. I will try getting admission in PhD after completing this. In childhood and ...
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How to talk with advisor about leaving/changing PhD? [duplicate]

I need some advice as I’ve been struggling a lot with the mental battles of doing a Ph.D. It's now come to a point where I’m considering quitting, because I’ve almost finished 1/3 years without much ...
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My students are leaving notes on exam about their difficulties and mental health. How to proceed?

This is the first semester in which classes aren't online anymore after the pandemic where I lecture (For information, this is in Brazil, and English is not my mother language). It's been two years of ...
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How would a really professional superviser perceives about a honest but ADHD/behavioral disorder student (especially undiagnosed) [closed]

Ability to get a Recommendation letter / other career success often requires good perception by teachers. But when a large number of professors aren't very insightful, they tend to prioritise traits ...
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For inclusiveness sake, what is the consensus about which usage of "blind" should be changed?

In academic contexts, what is the consensus on whether we should avoid using "blind" as a category of persons, or should we avoid using it as an adjective (or both or none)? Does it vary ...
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Should I mention recovered depression in my SOP for grad school? [duplicate]

I am currently working as a software engineer for two years, and recently I decides to apply for grad school. One thing that I am worried about is that my transcript looks terrible in the last year of ...
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How to get rid of the awkwardness and feeling of inferiority for being a fairly old graduate/PHD student? [duplicate]

I am a first year MS student in an STEM area. For many reasons I didn't enter this subject area and didn't gain ANY research experience until last summer, when I was 26 (now 27). So starting next fall ...
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How can I finish my PhD in the next year when I don't have any interesting results yet?

I'm doing my PhD in mathematics (Germany) for four years, and I have agreed with my supervisor that I should finish within the next half a year. I am not very confident that this is a realistic ...
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How can I politely request a professor to avoid late evening/night classes?

Background: I am a junior undergrad math major in India, and I am taking a graduate-level math course this semester for which attendance is mandatory. This is the last week of instruction (i.e., ...
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How can we persuade university in England to minimize the number of staff involved, for daughter's request to extend maximum study period?

My daughter needs to extend maximum period of study, by reason of physical and mental MultiComorbidities. Her program manager emailed her the procedure like Nottingham University's. Students do not ...
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Is it normal to feel like my level is more like at the undergraduate level though I'm a PhD student?

I'm in my first year of PhD, but sometimes I forget basic concepts that I have learned in my undergraduate years. I have a masters but my masters was general not specific, and now I'm working in a ...
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Prolonging PhD to make up for low-productivity caused by poor mental health [closed]

There are several posts on this site about potentially leaving a PhD program due to mental health issues (e.g. 1, 2, 3), and these issues can impede productivity. Seeking help from a mental health ...
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