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Old 10-01-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Depression from PhD- Thinking of Quitting

Hi All,

I think I need help. I'm currently a year into my PhD and at the start I was really enjoying it.

But now I just feel depressed and sad all the time. I have no motivation and often think I would be a lot happier in a job near my family and boyfriend ( who stays 3 hours away).

I wake up crying often and cry myself to sleep too.

I think I need to quit but I haven't spoken to anyone about this.

I worry that I will be letting my parents down, myself down and my supervisors down.

I worry that it will look bad and I won't get a job

What should I do!?


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Old 10-01-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Re: Depression from PhD- Thinking of Quitting

Hello Caroline,

I think it would be best to not make a rash decision. It's possible quitting with your PhD may be the right move, but then it may not be. It could be that your depression is not connected to your PhD and being depressed is why you've lost your motivation to complete your PhD. If this is the case, quitting your PhD and moving closer to your family and boyfriend may not help much with improving your mood. When I was going through a bad episode of depression I practically lost all interest and motivation in my B.S. After getting into therapy and starting on medication, my interest and motivation returned and I was able to complete my B.S.

If it's feasible, why not take a break as soon as possible and spend the time with your family and boyfriend? After you've taken some time off, why not then ask yourself whether it would be best to finish your PhD or not? If you feel the best decision is to get a job or to resume your PhD, I say go with it. If you still feel depressed, I suggest talking to a therapist.

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