How to Handle the Dark Days of Depression: Personal Accounts of Mental Health

How to Handle the Dark Days of Depression: Personal Accounts of Mental Health

Mental illness is widespread in the sciences, and graduate students are particularly vulnerable . Building a strong support network and separating your sense of self from your job are crucial. Here, in the second of our three-part series on mental health in academia, four researchers share their stories and advice: It was 1982, and I was in my first semester as a student at Yale Law School. We had a paper due and I climbed onto a roof, singing, dancing, gesticulating and saying crazy things like I had killed people with my thoughts. My friends called the student health center...

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