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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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HealthCare policies for (short) medical leaves of absence [closed]

Which mechanisms can/should a university set-up in order to implement short medical leaves of absence of their faculty members? Has the situation in academia become worse or has it always been like ...
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Teaching job application: Should I make any references to a gap year in my employment history due to depression?

I used to be a tenure-track assistant professor. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out because I failed to publish, and so my job perished two years ago. Even more unfortunately, the stress and ...
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How to restore lost patience during a PhD?

I am pursuing a PhD in theoretical physics in Europe, meaning I already have a Master's and I have currently done 2.5 out of 3.5 years of my research project. My question to the more advanced people ...
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Why do some admission applications ask what you've been doing in the years since you left school? [duplicate]

Some admission applications ask what you've been doing in the years since you last left school. For example, work, military, parenting, volunteering, or caring for a sick family member. Some ...
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Lab Professor Prioritize Paper Publication over anything

A close friend of mine is facing a hard situation in his microbiology PhD. His professor badly wants publications. The professor tells his students that each student should publish at least 2 papers ...
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Should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to a potential employer

In the context of applying for an assistant professor position, should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to the university during the hiring process? If so, and the application package ...
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5th year of PhD, depressed with no results want to quit [closed]

I am a 5th year PhD student in Biotechnology from a mediocre University. Although my university doesn't have even basic resources I tried my best to do my work by managing things from here and there. ...
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I am one of PhD students under Marie Curie-ITN Action. Can I resign my contract because of my health problem? [closed]

I am one of PhD students under Marie Curie-ITN Action. I have been studying on my project for three months. I have health problems because of high levels of stress. I have psychosomatic symptoms. I ...
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Asking for Modifications to Letter of Accommodation for Disabilities [closed]

As a student who already filed for accommodations in their prospective university, if mid semester one needs to make updates to the accommodations what is the standard procedure to go about doing so ...
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How to address interest in getting treatment for (potential) ADHD whilst applying for a PhD grant, so that I don't alarm anyone?

I don't actually have an actual diagnosis of ADHD, growing up I never really addressed it, as treating such isn't really common where I grew up. However recently I took an interest in it, and alas I ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

I'm currently working on the acknowledgements section of my doctoral thesis. I suffered from severe depression during my time as a PhD student and received tremendous support from a particular nurse ...
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How do I Become a Theoretical Chemist/Physicist with a Chemistry Background? [closed]

I have a Masters in Chemistry. I'm UK based, and in my early 30's. I live with family. I have Asperger's and psychosis. I find chemical theories fun and interesting. I've dabbled in a little math and ...
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Am I chasing an obsession or should I apply 3rd time to complete my 2nd masters in Mathematics? [closed]

I am from a poor Asian country and I completed my masters in math in July 2020. I really wanted to do a PhD in mathematics outside my home country as in my country there is too much politics and ...
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How has Academica changed in response mental health disorders? [closed]

How do universities handle the ever so growing influx of people that are Neurodivergent, and Neurological disorders? Furthermore, what resources, and protocols are there present at the post-secondary ...
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Leaving paper before publication due to personal ethics stance

During my postdoc, I began to question the morality of a part of my group's research project. But I kept working on it, and a year later, we submitted the paper to a journal with me as first author. ...
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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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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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