Time Management when you have Anxiety and Depression

I find getting enough work done in a week very challenging. Anxiety prevents me from starting work I need to do and Depression stops me doing anything much at all. I have to work independently on my PhD and do chores, for most depressed people getting up is a challenge that can take many hours or never happen. How can you manage time when your mood resists planning?

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Book Review: Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

Welcome to another book review! Today I’m reviewing another book about critical thinking but this one is focussed on academic critiques for use in literature reviews and other academic work. Join me as I review Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (3rd Ed.) by Mark Wallace and Alison Wray, a thoroughly modern guide to critical reading and writing.

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Book Review : Straight and Crooked Thinking (3rd Ed.)

First published in the 1930’s Straight and Crooked Thinking by Robert Thouless sets out the most common ways people put forward “dishonest arguments”: those arguments which are mostly built on fluff and no real substance but we find ourselves nodding along with until we recover sometime later and realise none of it made any sense. Straight and Crooked Thinking trots along at a fast pace clocking in at just over 200 pages and covering over 30 examples of dishonest tactics used regularly in arguments. These tactics are just as prevalent today as they were 80 years ago.

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Anxiety and Networking

Recently, I was at one of my university’s introductory conferences for new PGRs. After a few presentations we had to do a *shudder* icebreaking activity: it was a bingo card with things like “find someone who speaks more than 2 languages”.  I’m going to be honest: I immediately had a panic attack. I was shaking as I stumbled over to the event organiser and tried to explain I had a pretty severe anxiety disorder.

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