Feelings of Depression, Anxiety Common Among Graduate Students

Feelings of Depression, Anxiety Common Among Graduate Students

An international survey of over 2,000 graduate students found that negative perceptions about work-life balance and the advisor-mentee relationship are highly prevalent among students with elevated depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. Long hours in a lab, arduous qualifying exams, and the continual threat of “publish or perish” are just a few of the pressures that graduate students across academic disciplines face. As these stressors build up, so too do the risks of negative psychological outcomes and burnout. The results of a recent international survey highlight the scope of this potential problem: graduate students are about six times as likely to report...

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