Can math make you crazy?

Do any of you believe in the idea that people who are academically successful are more likely to have some type of mental health problems? This is not intended to be critical in any way (I myself have OCD). He said that he can see why it can be true to a certain extent, he also said that anecdotally he would say that it is true, but he also says that he knows people who are experts in the field and who are totally normal, so normal that he admires them for it, which I thought was amusing.

Can math make you crazy?

Do any of you believe in the idea that people who are academically successful are more likely to have some type of mental health problems? This is not intended to be critical in any way (I myself have OCD). He said that he can see why it can be true to a certain extent, he also said that anecdotally he would say that it is true, but he also says that he knows people who are experts in the field and who are totally normal, so normal that he admires them for it, which I thought was amusing. He said that the amount of work that needs to be done to achieve a professional level in something like mathematics is overwhelming, both because of the time and the intensity involved, in addition to the fact that it is exclusive. You disconnect from reality for most of your days and, without a doubt, it is a risk to develop strange behavior that can lead to more serious problems.

Nor does it let you go if you do it a lot, like an obsession. He also said that, in his opinion, if you do work so heavy that it is abstract, you have practically the obligation to do some physical activity to stay rooted in your body or you really go to other worlds. Couldn't agree more with this. I know I would go freaking crazy if I didn't work out every day.

TL; DR You don't have to be crazy to do this job, but it helps. I also heard somewhere that the work you do can be so small that the number of people you can talk to who understand (and are interested) what you're doing at the level you're doing is like 0, which I can see leads to depression if the only thing you spend most of your time on is something you can only decipher, it sounds intrinsically alone. Do any of you believe in the idea that academically successful people are more likely to have some form of mental health problems? Depends on what you want to say. There seems to be some evidence that people who work in academia are at high risk of suffering from psychological problems and psychiatric disorders.

I) We study the mental health of graduate students in doctoral programs in Economics in the U.S. UU. Through clinically validated surveys, we found that 18% of graduate students have moderate or severe symptoms of depression and anxiety, more than three times more than the population average, and 11% report having suicidal thoughts over a two-week period. The average doctoral student reports greater feelings of loneliness than the average retired American.

Ii) Our results show that graduate students are more than six times more likely to experience depression and anxiety compared to the general population. I haven't researched those studies myself, and yet I'm not well informed on the subject. Everything else seems to be a question for a medical professional, not for Reddit. Don't ask for medication advice here.

I wonder to what extent those studies are also affected by the fact that graduate students often move far from their hometowns (often to the other side of the world). I imagine that also contributes to feelings of loneliness and anxiety. I take (and have been taking) antidepressants, anxiety medications and sleeping pills, and it hasn't hampered my academic ability. Are you referring to doctorates in general? or just mathematicians? Mathematics was there before you were born and will exist after you're gone.

Take care of your mental health first. This seems to ignore the concern that is being raised. An athlete doesn't try to play again after an injury because they think the sport will disappear. They do it because playing is what they want to do.

This person is not worried that mathematics will go away. They are worried that they will no longer be able to participate. And it will exist after you're gone. It depends on what you have planned the operation for.

I used to take a lot of medications. They didn't hinder my math ability. I think creativity is what worries you the least. I would say that successful people are more likely to have no mental health problems or to manage them very well.

I don't take any of them anymore. One last thing is that the issue of libido is incredibly common. If sex is important to you, then it's a bad idea. If you're in a relationship, it'll probably destroy it.

Many people are very good at hiding their symptoms in a context, even when they barely stay calm for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, an extreme focus on work (at the expense of, for example,. (family obligations) is even used as a kind of survival mechanism. Not all “successful” people are happy.

Libido 26 percent of other sexual problems are common, but not universal, with SSRIs. There are medications that don't have that effect and several things to treat that problem. So, don't let that stop you from trying medications. But if you have that problem, don't ignore it and hope it will go away (it probably won't).

Talk to the doctor, don't let it go, try different things, most likely you can find a solution. In general, you're not going to work well if you're depressed, anxious, whatever. Explore all your options to feel better and you'll be better at math and everything else. Another aspect to consider is whether people with academic success are more likely to have mental health problems or if the general academic environment is the one that is most likely to cause latent mental health problems in people.

It's hard to think of an environment more likely to foster and incubate serious mental health problems than a graduate school that is highly competitive in mathematics or science (or simply any other subject area, speaking from experience in both a mathematics and an arts graduate program). Isolation, extreme pressure, little positive support network, very high expectations, low wages, long working hours, high costs, high degree of uncertainty, both at the completion of the degree and in the subsequent labor market, etc., etc. Practically no system could be designed to bring mental health problems to the forefront more effectively. The result of that isn't necessarily leaving the academy now, but it definitely is: take the time and effort to truly care for yourself in every way necessary to have the best chance of success.

I don't know if this applies, but I'm a student and was diagnosed with schizophrenia a couple of years ago. On the first drugs we tried, I slept 16 to 20 hours a day and that ended my ability to do anything related to mathematics. But after 6 months we tried new medications and I started taking others that made me feel tired. I am now the best in my class and I am working on an honorable thesis.

So I would say that even with the drugs that everyone says will destroy your life, there are a lot of options and one of them will work for you. Math anxiety, also known as math phobia, is anxiety about a person's ability to do math. . Math anxiety began long before it was studied.

Some students have had anxiety about math tasks due to their performance. However, there are many different things that can cause anxiety, such as a lack of self-esteem or negative experience in mathematics. Math anxiety can be measured using different scales that can help teachers teach students effectively. Gender, culture and beliefs have a big impact.

Mathematics in schools has evolved tremendously over the years, and it is to be expected that it will continue. However, there are also many solutions, such as time management, skills and IEPs. As an experienced mathematics teacher, I have a sad duty to report that about a third of the students in a given class, on a given task, review the exercises and come to the conclusion that they do not know how to do it. The academic study of mathematical anxiety originated in the 1950s, when Mary Fides Gough introduced the term mathemaphobia to describe the feelings of phobia of many towards mathematics.

A person with math anxiety doesn't necessarily lack math skills, but they can't realize their full potential because of the interfering symptoms of their anxiety. When this effort is unsuccessful (as it always does not), self-criticism becomes increasingly harsh, leading to a deep sense of frustration and often to a serious loss of self-esteem, especially if the student has a lot at stake, such as when their professional or personal goals depend on success in a mathematics class, or when parental disapproval is a factor. The study determined that math anxiety is related to poor mathematical performance on performance tests in mathematics and to negative attitudes toward mathematics. Involving a specific part of the brain during mental math exercises is linked to better emotional health, according to a new brain scan study published by Duke researchers in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

In many countries, mathematics teachers must only obtain passing marks of 51% on mathematics exams, so that a mathematics student who has not understood 49% of the mathematics curriculum throughout their education can, and often does, become a mathematics teacher. Being methodical and thorough in your work is important to your math teacher, and it should be important for you, too. If your flashes of brilliance are based on what you remember from high school math classes, chances are that you've just rediscovered the result of a first-year calculation or that your idea has already been considered and rejected several times. Start by understanding that your feelings of anxiety about math are not uncommon and that they definitely don't indicate that there's anything wrong with you or that you're inferior in your ability to learn math.

It is sadly revealing that, while Wason's selection task is well known among psychologists, most mathematicians and mathematics teachers are not familiar with it. In Canada, students score substantially lower in mathematics, problem solving and operations than students in Korea, India, and Singapore. .

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