Emotional challenges experienced by doctoral students are a well-kept secret. While our mission is to provide editing and data analysis support, we are acutely aware that completing a doctoral degree is highly stressful and can interfere with personal health and life-work balances.
A 2014 well-being report released by the University of California, Berkeley, reported that 47% of doctoral students met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) criteria for depression. The University of Michigan in 2021 estimated that a quarter of its graduate students were receiving medication and/or counseling to treat depression or anxiety.
Students who are experiencing a high degree of emotional challenges are encouraged to seek additional support. One potential source is Educational Psychologist Dr. Jessica Garrett Mills, Ph.D. of "On Track Academic Coaching" at https://www.ontrackacademiccoaching.com/