Day 16 of #SummerOfSTEM: #support.
Graduate students are at high risk for #anxiety
as I know personally quite well. The high pressure environment, long hours, and #impostersyndrome
all contribute to feelings of isolation, chronic stress, and exhaustion. Finding a #supportsystem
as a graduate student has been the key to my success so far - from my science Twitter fam, to my talented, brilliant classmates, to my incredible lab mates, to my loving family, and of course my incredible spouse. A couple years ago I started getting treatment for my anxiety (therapy and medication) and I realized that I hadn't even known how bad I felt until I didn't feel so bad anymore. I thought that my inability to shut off my worry spirals and constant feelings of being overwhelmed were just a normal part of grad school. I thought that having anxiety also meant being depressed - so how could I have anxiety if I still felt happy? But once I started getting treatment, I could turn off my brain when it was time to sleep; I could stop obsessing over minor mistakes and failed experiments; I could focus on one activity or experience without being constantly distracted by what I "should" be doing. My support system made me feel comfortable seeking care, and they've helped me open up about my experiences. .
If you're a grad student and you're struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression, you are not alone. There are thousands of us out here just like you. Look for your university's mental health resources and set up an appointment with a counselor; talk to a friend or family member you trust. Grad school is HARD, but we're all in this together, and we're here to support you - by telling our stories, helping you find resources, and reminding you that you're not alone! .
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