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How to Ruin your Mental Health as a PhD Student

I have been a PhD student for a few years now, and I have definitely had my fair share of mental health issues because of it. Learn from my mistakes. All of these are examples of things that I have done that contributed to my recent mental health issues.

If you’re a student at any level, look after yourself. Remember that you’re not a machine and just because Stephen King can write 3 novels a year it doesn’t mean every other author is lazy.

If you are struggling, talk to someone you trust, your doctor or a school/university counsellor. For online support:


I’m a PhD student studying in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Thanks to Chris for being a fantastic camera operator and assistant.

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  1. Unless your simon clark and does a phd, music, editing, youtube and other shitπŸ˜‚

  2. I hope that that's NOT true.

  3. but tbh, feelings are luxurious

  4. Good advice πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  5. Hahaha I'm in law school and I can so relate

  6. You're a gorgeous young woman… nah this feels off. You're hot

  7. No time for hobbies eh ? Wonder who I watched in these videos lol

  8. This is worldwide. I live in the United States and it's not different. Then again, our university system comes from Europe.

  9. This video deserve way more views

  10. Those captions aren't legible πŸ™

  11. Waw I like it, nobody can imagine how much the Phd journey needs patience.
    But I have a remark regarding the hobbies, believe me at the moment that I returned back to my hobbies I've started to be very productive in my PhD work. My field is electrical engineering and as you know it is sooooooooo solid, abstract, and BORING. Therefore, drawing (my favorite hobby) gives a very nice and vital touch to my days.

    BTW, the motto of our office is that the PhD student doesn't need any proof for the craziness, it's already proven!

    Good luck

  12. So funny, I love this video πŸ™‚ it cheered me up, to see a light approach to this topic! Very relatable in case of many grad students in different fields I'm sure πŸ˜…

  13. thank you for speaking for us πŸ™‚

  14. I'm glad I discovered your video <3

  15. Fascinating work! and "We are British and we just don't do that sort of thing." πŸ˜€

  16. If u need a rest, sleep faster πŸ˜‰

  17. Fantastic video! I can relate so much, both to the content and the (slight hint of) sarcasm.

  18. this is what I am going through rite now. …

  19. This really helps with my bouts of panic.

  20. As a starting phd student, with his first day happening tomorrow…this is brilliant πŸ˜›

  21. lol… i always say yes πŸ˜‚

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