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Sarah Masefield is an occupational therapist and has expertise in patient and public-involvement research. She is currently writing up her PhD research on the use of primary health care by mothers with preschool disabled children.
When I started my PhD in health sciences in 2016, I knew it was a risk. I had a history of depression, and I thought the programme might trigger a recurrence. What I hadn’t expected was the extreme anxiety that I experienced. Over the Christmas holidays of my second year, I woke up every day with my heart racing and feeling sick, knowing that to reach my next deadline I had to spend another day trying to make progress with my systematic-review chapter. My only full day off during that period was Christmas Day.
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Nature572, 407-408 (2019)
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