Hi, my Name is Erica and I am a PhD student studying Plant science and Cell Biology.
This is me, and although you may not be able to tell from my photo, I suffer from anxiety and mild depression.
I love my work, and I love my PhD. But, it can be hard at times. During my PhD I have suffered with anxiety and depression, and this has had an impact on my every day life. Mental health isn’t talked about nearly enough in the science community, and I hope that maybe through these posts- I can help change it, even slightly.
I was first diagnosed April 2016- though I can say I suffered from Anxiety for longer than that. Since then I have had medication to help, and have used CBT to help myself deal with my anxiety. A year on, and I am in a much better place than I was and now have strategies in place that I can use to help myself cope when under pressure.
I feel it is important to talk about mental health in general- but especially in the world of science and the postgraduate student.
It is important to know that having anxiety or depression is not a weakness. It is not something you should have to suffer with alone, and most definitely does not reduce your worth as a scientist.
I hope my posts can help in some way- whether to realise you are not alone if you too are having mental health problems or to learn more about the affect of anxiety on day to day life.