Sleepwalking with Ghosts: Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self-Care

    We kick off 2018 with this piece that draws our attention to the psychological toll of  being part of certain academic disciplines that involve dealing with violence and trauma at its very core    POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic imagery, violence, sexual abuse   I woke up standing in my socks on the fourth-floor … More Sleepwalking with Ghosts: Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self-Care

Carers need care too: Nurturing yourself this holiday season

  As we get ready for the holidays, we have a guest post by “Mara”, where she discusses the neglected issue of graduate students experiencing hardships and psychological vulnerabilities as a result of being carers to their loved ones. She draws on her experiences to suggest ways in which carers can be more nurturing towards … More Carers need care too: Nurturing yourself this holiday season

I Can and I Will: Rebuilding an Anxious Mind in Time for Orals

  This week we have a PhD candidate taking us through her life-changing experience of reckoning with her anxiety, all while being in the midst of a critical point in her candidature. Read more about how she worked through that phase and arrived at some important insights. It was a moment of silence that convinced … More I Can and I Will: Rebuilding an Anxious Mind in Time for Orals

Nadia’s Story: Persistent Paralysis and a Prolonged PhD (Part 2)

Nadia, a successful academic who privately struggled with anxiety, returns with Part 2 of her story. In Part 1, she shared about the early days of her graduate career and her eventual decision to practice self-care by taking time to work on her writing in a remote location.  Content warning: sexual assault and abortion. Please … More Nadia’s Story: Persistent Paralysis and a Prolonged PhD (Part 2)