“I'm a phd student and I feel overwhelmed *all the time* with unfinished and impossibly complex work. I don't have confidence that I can teach myself the techniques and knowledge I need, and I feel fundamentally unable to become expert in my field. Cognitively, I understand my low self-efficacy is symptom of imposter syndrome, and I also know that with effort I can do this. But the stress and mental instability I feel (but can't reveal) is stopping me from progressing and drives my depression.”

Posted anonymously in Sanvello's Work Stress community.