On Depression and the Toll of Academia

Posted on June 25th, 2016

Jacqui Shine reflects on her own experience of depression in academia and reconsiders the causative paradigm of mental illness in higher education. Her investigation of the multitudinous factors contributing to mental health leads into her consideration of the best means for accommodation and support.

“What kind of career would I have if I spent all my energy trying to conceal my illness? Until we start asking what it might mean to better support students who come to graduate school with histories of mental illness, instead of responding as though depression is a side effect of intensive academic study, I’m not sure we will come any closer to addressing the very real needs and very real suffering of folks with short-term and chronic conditions.”

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