PhD students more depressed than other groups of people – Study

by Staff writer

A study of PhD students in Belgium just added to a body of research highlighting a harsh reality: PhD students are more likely to experience mental-health distress than other groups of people.

This includes non-students, employees and other higher-education students.

The study found that more than half of the respondents reported experiencing at least two mental-health problems in recent weeks, and 32% reported four or more symptoms.

Common complaints included feelings of constant strain, unhappiness, worry-induced sleep problems and an inability to enjoy everyday activities.

About two-thirds of the respondents were in the hard sciences and one-third the humanities or social sciences. There was no clear trend between area of study and risk of mental-health issues.

PhD students fared poorly relative to non-students, the study also found.

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Source: Nature.Com

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