Seeing a therapist in #gradschool – do it early & often

On 4 October I posted the tweet below about seeing a therapist in gradschool and the following discussion followed:

*You can view the full, original, storify-ed twitter discussion at https://storify.com/krwedemeyer/seeing-a-therapist-in-gradschool-do-it


Are you new to #gradschool? If so, I highly recommend you see a therapist regularly to help deal with gradschool. Wish I had gone sooner.


I started this thread after doing some reflecting this morning on how my mental health has been challenged throughout my graduate school experience, and how I wish I would have gone to therapy sooner. I am currently in my 6th year of my PhD program and realized that I’ve had anxiety since my first semester – as did many of my cohort mates, but honestly we just thought it was normal – just how it is. And, sadly, a lot of places that is how it is – but not how it should be.

As a grad student, you are a human being first. Your health, mental and physical, are important and need to be a priority.

I am not shy about my struggles and successes throughout grad school, I am vocal about them – and discus the struggles a lot because I hope to help others not feel alone in their own struggles.

It is okay if you are struggling and need help.

Luckily, there is a support system for you. Twitter is a wonderful place for that. But, hopefully, that also includes counseling services at your University (it is not well advertised often, but at the two Unis I’ve been a grad student at these services are covered by tuition and fees, with no “out of pocket”).

Mental health is not a taboo topic. It is part of life, and an important part of our quality of life.

I am always blown away by the responses to threads like this, and am so thankful others will also speak out about their experiences.

I storify-ed this so you can see that you are not alone. You can do this. You have support.

Thanks to all who retweeted my tweet and/or commented with your own stories and words of support.

 


Are you new to #gradschool? If so, I highly recommend you see a therapist regularly to help deal with gradschool. Wish I had gone sooner.

 

@krwedemeyer @AcademicChatter This is literally the best advice I’ve ever seen. Over 50% of PhD students are estimated to have mental health issues at some point (1)

@krwedemeyer @AcademicChatter (2)..most academics think ‘I went through it and survived’ challenge that mentality, we know more about mental health now. Look after yours

@krwedemeyer Just left my therapist’s office, and I would not be showing up for work if not for her counsel on how to be healthy in grad school

 


I have been fortunate that my Universities have provided free therapy for students. I wasn’t aware of this until I…  https://twitter.com/i/web/status/915593477538435073 …

 


Mental health is so important, thanks for this thread and sharing your experiences @krwedemeyer https://twitter.com/krwedemeyer/status/915589686944567296 …

@krwedemeyer I’m so happy you shared this, such important advice! Seeing a therapist regularly has been SO helpful for me as a grad student, & also after

Mental health is so important, thanks for this thread and sharing your experiences @krwedemeyer  https://twitter.com/krwedemeyer/status/915589686944567296 …

 


@krwedemeyer Also for the record I thought late nights, overwork and sleepless nights were normal too until I started having regular panic attacks

@krwedemeyer And I wish I had gone to see someone when I first started but I’m glad I did see someone eventually, it can really help

@MadifiedBhavior @krwedemeyer This is so important to talk about! @MadifiedBhavior thank you for your honesty! I can totally identify with the panic attacks. #phdchat

 

I’ve been having panic attacks as well! Not about grad school, per se, but grad school triggers them. And yes, it i…  https://twitter.com/i/web/status/915624058397642753 …

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