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Personal Well-Being in Graduate School

The Graduate School is committed to the well-being of every graduate student. If you are experiencing stress or anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, "graduate students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to the general population" (Inside Higher Ed, 2018). Roughly, half of PhD students and more than a third of Master's and Professional students reported elevated symptoms of depression (Berkeley Well-Being Report, 2014). Below you will find information to help you better understand and manage your mental health while in graduate school.


Let's Look at the Facts

Below is a quick summary of a 2014 report conducted by University of California-Berkeley on the well-being of graduate students.

PREDICTORS OF LIFE SATISFACTION
  1. 1. Living Conditions
  2. 2. Career Prospects
  3. 3. Financial Confidence
  4. 4. Academic Engagement
  5. 5. Social Support
PREDICTORS OF DEPRESSION
  1. 1. Inadequate Sleep
  2. 2. Diminished Overall Health
  3. 3. Insufficient Academic Engagement
  4. 4. Limited Social Support
  5. 5. Lack of Career Prospects
Source: The Berkeley Graduate student well-being summary report, 2014

Baylor Resources

On-campus resources available to graduate students.

Counseling Center Online Counseling Spiritual Life Center

Learn More

"I Didn't Know How to Ask for Help" - Chronicle of Higher Education

"Grappling with graduate student mental health and suicide" - Chemical & Engineering news

Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing - Chronicle of Higher Education

Ph.D. students face significant mental health challenges - Science Magazine

Mental Health Crisis for Grad Students - Inside Higher Ed

— Berkeley Well-Being Report: Full Report | Summary