Discussion on depression in grad school
There has been an interesting discussion on depression in grad school going on the "Discussions" section of the Academic Ladder fan page. The initial question was:
I'd love to get more input into what you think makes grad students prone to depression. Or are they (you)? I know that I've seen students with depression, whose symptoms went away once they were able to write. The shame of writers block and lack of progress combined with the critical, competitive atmosphere of academia leads to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
But that's just my opinion -- those of you who are going through grad school or who have survived it probably have better insight into what makes the experience so difficult. Please put your two cents in!