Kill The Depression During Thesis Writing

Being successful at Ph.D. is a gruesome journey. I t is not easy and it never promised to be easy either. It is very common for most graduate students to lose their motivation in their Ph.D. studies through the third year of their studies at the university. Even for the most dedicated, passionate and driven person surviving Ph.D. blues is quite a challenge. After having slaved for almost two years burying their heads in books at the library, or being chained to the lab for doing experiments or being fastened to the PC for most it seems like such an inglorious way to live their lives. The monotone of constantly doing experiments; analyzing data can simply wear you down.

This constant highly demanding academic life takes a toll on a person’s well-being. Ph.D. students naturally tend to feel not normal and isolated from most people resulting in a poor social life. This spirals into low self-confidence and low self-esteem. This is the time when one must take their life under control and chart the course of their life. Be creative. Try to understand yourself and look for different avenues that can help you cope with this overwhelming feeling. Also, believe that you are not the only graduate student who is in it and suffering alone. Try to network with other graduate students who are also writing their thesis. Appreciate when friends and family support you. You have to understand that the Ph.D. life will eventually end so do not wallow in your misery endlessly. Rather laugh a little. A good sense of humor can go a far way in helping you regaining faith in your own ability. Most importantly try not to get angry. If there are stressors in your life get them removed. This is will help you regain a lot of positive confidence and propel you further in your thesis writing.

When negative thoughts pile up it deters you from finishing your thesis on time. Then you start feeling bored and professionally incompetent. However, you must be focused on achieving your Ph.D. and stick to self-imposed deadlines

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Steffi Loreti

Dr. Steffi Loreti has earned her PhD in Social Psychology. She has taught history and sociology for over fifteen years and has published forty seven research papers in impact factor journals. She has seven years of hands-on experience in reviewing and editing dissertations, proposals and technical manuscripts. She has chaired over 100 dissertations in the past. She has been supporting scholars through her company named 24x7 Editing, which offers detailed proofreading, editing and formatting services.

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