Hi, these kinds of threads get posted all the timebut i need to share this people who might be in the same boat i've handed in my phd and am now re-reading it pre-viva i am spotting loads of typos i've counted 50 so far and have two more chapters to review i can't understand how i missed so many of. For whatever reason, the conversation turned to research and, in the course of things, we began discussing our respective experiences writing dissertations i mentioned my old friend's ominous be careful what you wish for comment and admitted to having felt depressed after completing what was,. I ordered 250 copies of my dissertation from the printer, and i've distributed more than half of all these copies by now either in between printing and defending, or after defending, take some time to mail copies of your dissertation i took the stack of business cards that i collected at conferences, and sent a. By ilse schweitzer vandonkelaar, phd (finally), english it's been about four months since i defended my dissertation and three months since i graduated with a phd from wmu i fully expected to be living in a state of elation after the defense and walking across the stage, and thought that euphoria would. This is why many doctoral candidates experience post-parting depression (ppd) consciously and unconsciously you've been pushing hard for so very long preoccupied with the intensity and innumerable details of the work itself, you may have lost sight of the larger purpose of the dissertation and degree.
“post-dissertation stress disorder” and “post-dissertation depression” are real things a friend introduced those terms to me when i was trying to find an explanation for my lack of productivity after finishing my phd turns out, i wasn't alone in experiencing a slump as one blogger wrote of post-dissertation. Predictors of depression after traumatic brain injury during early and late recovery by elmar gardizi a dissertation submitted to the faculty of graduate studies through the department of psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy at the university of. After reading everyone's comments, i have to confess that i too am depressed and what is the cause my thesis i found this blog after googling thesis and depression because i've finally come to a point where i just need to freakin talk about it i also quit my dream job about a year ago to finish my thesis.
5 steps to beat the academic blues and finish your doctoral dissertation i felt alone when i struggled with the academic blues it was only after i graduated that i realized how many other graduate students experienced the academic blues, anxiety or depression in the process of finishing their doctoral. I am, at times, filled with an overwhelming anxiety, and there are moments when even thinking about my dissertation makes me want to throw my computer this post is written with grateful thanks to drs brian mcnely and jackie grutsch mckinney for patiently providing me with much of the advice above.
This post is written by brian flemming, a mathematician working as a systems engineer in edinburgh he has recently completed an engineering doctorate ( engd) as a mature student at heriot watt university, which he found an intensive and enjoyable experience, and which he credits with greatly. I'm writing this blog post not as a review of what everyone always experiences after defending their dissertation, nor is it meant as a warning of impending post- dissertation depression i simply want to throw out the idea that you might feel a little 'blah,' a little sad, a little depressed, a little angry, a little scared.
Success can be quite painful here is an example that possibly translates to other cases this is very common among people who finish a phd dissertation, which is a huge accomplishment i had this happen myself and have seen it with many student. I've beginning to spiral into a depression as dissertation defense approaches and my phd ends in general, i'm overwhelmed with the amount of writing i have to revise and worry my advisor is not really paying attention to my progress/writing i am fortunate because i have a postdoc lined up already, but i.