mental health


  • The silver lining

    A young woman in science opens up about going through worsening mental health during her PhD and coming out of it stronger.

    March 8th 2021

  • They Decided To Debate Women’s Leadership Skills. Then It Got Worse.

    A recent debate reveals misogyny, casteism and queer-trans-phobia in Indian science academia.

    January 2nd 2021

  • Looking at mental health through Caste

    Therapeutic techniques work on the assumption that the cause of distress is only within the individual. However, an individual’s mental health is also affected by various forms of systemic discrimination. So for Dalits, therapy involves narrating trauma from one therapist to another, in the hope that they will eventually find a caste-sensitive professional.

    December 17th 2020

  • Raging to reclaim space in science

    Why is there so much guilt, blame and unprofessionalism associated with public anger? As a queer-trans person in science, I am here to be angry, and to speak on it.

    October 10th 2020

  • On mandatory exams and a willfully ignorant court

    The UGC justifies its controversial circular mandating final examinations with the claim that “examinations give confidence and satisfaction to the students”. A survey with 25 university students severely contradicts this and flags some critical issues.

    September 27th 2020

  • Imposter syndrome in academia and how I beat it

    Sabiha opens up about struggling with impostor syndrome during her PhD

    May 30th 2020

  • On mental health in academia: From the editors’ desk

    Our editorial letter on the “Labhopping for Mental Health” series that ran on our blog through October, 2019.

    November 18th 2019

  • Against a Science of Sacrifice

    This reportage suggests that science academia in India is structured to put research scholars at risk of deteriorating mental health.

    November 1st 2019

  • Café Mythbusting: The neuroscience of mental health disorders

    At a café in Kolkata, a gang of PhD dropouts talks about the neuroscience of mental health with their psychiatrist-friend.

    October 28th 2019

  • Living to tell the tale: I quit my PhD as a survival tactic

    The heady excitement of being admitted into a premier research institution built this PhD student for the best few months of her life. But somewhere along the way, things went downhill. Less than two years later, she decided to quit her PhD to give herself a new lease on life.

    October 22nd 2019