Who are you?
My name is Shyane and I’m an academic with mental illness.
Well… now that the obligatory group therapy opener has been documented, let’s carry on!
If you’ve navigated here from my professional (if presently sparse) website then you know that I’m currently pursuing a doctoral degree in philosophy. And, as much as it might seem that a taste for graduate level philosophy alone suffices for some mental affliction or another, my fellow academics are woefully tight-lipped about the whole matter. (Denial……?)
Me, I’ve come to embrace my faulty gears—well, very nearly, anyway. I firmly maintain it does none of us one iota of good to hide our foibles. So, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to begin this blog, which will, among other things, chronicle some of my experiences as an academic with mental illness. But before continuing, allow me to set down some personal boundaries. I am happy to share the following facts with you:
1. I suffer from depression
2. I suffer from anxiety
I am not, however, prepared to share every last gritty detail of the past 8 years of my life. I am as much an advocate of openness as I am of personal privacy. I believe there’s a balance to be found. I can count on one hand the living souls who know all there is to know; I would trust (and, in some cases, have trusted) each of those individuals with my life. Of the rest of you, I ask only that you respect my own boundaries as well as those of your fellow travellers who’ve happily stumbled upon this corner of the internet. Many thanks, in advanced!
Why Blog? Why now?