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