About 54 percent of graduate students report feeling so depressed they have “a hard time functioning,” as opposed to ten percent of the general population.
Something to consider for the future.
lol my life right now
and there is so little solidarity for the fact that this is so common.
Honestly, this is a large part of my wavering over going to grad school right now. I have enough problems with depression and stuff as it is. I don’t need a situation that will likely further my depression when I could possibly, you know, not be depressed.
I hear so much about this and I don’t want to gloat in an unseemly fashion but I am basically happier, more fulfilled, and more financially secure since I started my PhD than I have been at any time during my adult life. My program is great, my supervisor and professors have been really supportive, I feel like my work is coming along nicely and — okay, there’s no way to say this without gloating — the government is showering me with money.
So, hey kids, its not all bad. And to all you Americans looking at grad school: consider Canada.
I’m with Saelan on this one. I’ve learned to regulate my life rather well with what money I have and the load of work I set for myself. I was depressed when I was spending 7 days a week working on school and whatnot, but when I started making sure I took weekends off (seriously, so important) and not working too late (I never work after 7pm) things have been pretty good.
That being said, I am not get showered with as much money like Saelan is. I have internal scholarships and a provincial grant, but it’s not enough to live on overall. I’ve had to make up the rest by working in one capacity or another. Still, I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t getting paid to go. Grad school is a worthwhile project, but for itself, not as a career. Maybe you go on to work in academia, maybe you don’t. What’s important is the act of actually becoming a scholar, of learning what it is to be a scholar.