mental illness in academia.
Much of what the article discusses seems to be balance and workload related, and reminds me of something I hear quite a bit - the university itself is changing. A lot of the pressures on faculty come from our increasing our own expectations to unreasonable levels that senior faculty who went through years ago haven't even come close to. Faculty with little research of their own are rejecting other faculty with some research because it's not the right number of publications in the "right" journals. Credential creep, perhaps the faculty analog of grade inflation, means that friends of mine at very medium-quality regional institutions with a 4-4 load are expected to publish 10 things in top journals to get tenure. Natural scientists are expected to bring in large amounts of grant money to stay around, even as agency budgets shrink and grants become harder to get.
Who says it has to be this way? Why was it decided that faculty at Middling Midwestern U today have to meet the standards that Ivy League faculty had to meet 10 years ago? And can anyone get tenure at an Ivy League school any more?
Should we blame US News, clueless legislators, or did we do this to ourselves?