“Nearly 40% of graduate students reported feeling hopeless during the previous year, 78.5% said they had felt overwhelmed, 27.2% said they had felt depressed, and 54.5% said they had felt stress over the past year ranging from “more than average” to “tremendous.”
A 2006 report from UC paints a similar picture. About 60% of graduate students said that they felt overwhelmed, exhausted, hopeless, sad, or depressed nearly all the time. One in 10 said they had contemplated suicide in the previous year.”
-Carrie Arnold, ‘Paying Graduate School’s Mental Toll’
If so many of us doctoral researchers are suffering from mental stresses and strains, why do we feel so alone in coping with it? Food for thought.