I am in my fifth year of PhD (in the UK). I had my PhD viva in February this year. After that, I have been given major corrections and six months to complete them. My scholarship ran out 2 years ago. I am surviving on my savings and some part time jobs. I am trying to keep up my morale to work through the corrections but it's getting unbearable - I don't even want to look at my thesis. My PhD was miserable - my supervisor was not at all supportive. I have no papers out of my PhD. My family members are getting impatient because I bring no money home. My marriage is strained as money is strained at home. They seem to consider last 10 years of my life completely unsuccessful and a total wastage. Before I started this PhD, I tried doing a PhD at another university - didn't work out - lost 2 years there. I have kept myself afloat with part time jobs and scholarship all these years but I don't know how long I can do this for. I feel extremely depressed and fed up. Lost confident in my ability to get this PhD done and get a proper job. Feels like I am in a prison of stress.
I guess I am just venting. If you have any advice, suggestions, thanks. Thanks anyway for listening.
Hello, I am really sorry about what are going through. Kindly do not lose hope. I feel that it is essential you find a way of addressing comments to ensure that your thesis look great. Also continue looking for work to cater for your expenses and meeting family needs. Create a balance between work and school. Everything will be okay. Kindly do not be stressed. Everything is possible.
I was bullied during my Ph.D. and lacked supervisory support. There was a period of time during write up I had to take a break, I just couldn't look at the thesis for a while. Applying for jobs helped keep me motivated.
I also had depressive episodes during the Ph.D. I took breaks when I needed to and then pushed on. You are at the final stage now, just keep going. You perhaps have little over a month to get the corrections finished now, so I would just focus on this now as much as possible, ignore any negative comments from others around you. It helps to have a plan for after you finish, perhaps reach out to your University Careers Service if uncertain about your plans after the Ph.D.
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