1 in 3

Nov 19 2012 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Not to beat a dead horse, but I thought I would just take a post to point out the results of Friday's poll. For those of you scoring at home, with well over 150 responses it appears as though roughly 1 in 3 people have taken some sort of prescription drug to function at a competitive level in academia. So for those of you who are questioning whether you may have an issue with anxiety or depression, you are not the only ones. Chances are that someone in your lab and many in your department are facing the same issues. Maybe the opportunity to talk with a therapist would go a long way in helping you out. Maybe your best results will come from your doctor. I have no idea, but if you're questioning it there is no harm in talking to someone. You're not weak and you're not improperly dedicated. You are just a person, like 1 in 3 others on this path.

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  • anon says:

    As I've told labmates and will tell trainees if I feel it is necessary: "Going to the doctor for a checkup can NOT hurt." Whether you are just knocked off-kilter or have bigger imbalances, treatment makes a world of difference.

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