I recently ran a simple Google search for instances of the word 'depression' on this site, and was shocked to see how frequent they were.
Does anyone else finds it surprising? Is it just an artifact, or does our site somehow attract depressed peoples? Despite what some say, I'm unconvinced that the prevalence of clinical depression amongst academics is higher than usual. I'm ready to change my mind when confronted to hard evidence of the contrary.
Questions where OP mention their clinical depression always make me uncomfortable, because they are often borderline off-topic and I sometimes don't have the hart to mention it. On the other hand I really think it's a bad idea to rely on random internet posts to handle serious nervous issues and don't want to be a part of a community that does that.
So I'm interested in your opinions about it. Should we do specific things in terms of moderation, or do we need a tag for it?
List of question mentioning depression (I stopped after 2 pages of search results)
Explicit mention of clinical depression:
- What do I do as a depressed and incompetent TA?
- Overcoming depression and getting back on rails with PhD work
- Should a postdoc talk about his depression with his mentor?
- Would most PhD supervisors stop working with a student who was unproductive due to clinical depression?
- How to overcome feeling that published articles lack public interest?
- What to do if one has had an unsuccessful PhD (because of others' fault)?
- Is it possible to recover after a career setback such as this?
- Should I leave my PhD in year 6 or just take a bit of a leave and try to regroup?/ What is an "appropriate" level of angst to go through with a PhD?
- Graduate without a job offer or delay
- Thinking about leaving a master's program
- Applying to grad school for mathematics with low GPA, but reluctant to bring up the health issues that caused it
- If I have an academic dismissal from a school should I ever go back there?