In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Aristotle's Problem XXX writes:
I'm aware there was a discussion about impostor syndrome back in 2014 on this blog, and it's been somewhat useful. But I wondered if you might at some point want to run a post on the clinically defined "impostor syndrome”. I'm currently relapsing into a cyclical depressive episode and have just read a couple pieces on impostor syndrome and depression in academia. I also just re-read Peter Railton's heartwrenching APA lecture. I suspect more people suffer from depression, depressive episodes, and the like than we care to admit. I believe it has a lot to do with, among other things, the impossible standards of our discipline, how we're not equipped to transition well into new life stages, to appreciate the role of luck, the randomness of what brought us where we are, etc. If you think this could be a good topic for discussion that'd be great. Since there's probably a good deal of cultural and national variation here, experiences from abroad are welcome (I wasn't trained here myself). The problem is certainly not confined to US/UK academia. Thanks!
This is a timely and important query.
But this is a bit to the side of the query by Aristotle's Problem, which was specifically about impostor's syndrome. Do any of you have experience with its clinical form? If so, in what context (US or abroad)? And how have you grappled with it?