Neurodivergence can be defined as having a ‘differently wired brain’ than most people (who are, in contrast, referred to as being neurotypical). I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 26.
Mental health is a topic of great importance that affects us all, but early-career researchers may be disproportionally affected. To give this topic the attention it deserves, the Young Academy Leiden organized the Winter of Mental Health, in which we kept track of our work activities for one week.
Starting a PhD is an exciting opportunity: meeting new colleagues, settling in your office and familiarizing yourself with your new environment. What we couldn’t have imagined, is that this ‘new environment’ would actually turn out to be the confinement at our own homes.