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The NYTimes has a moving article on the effects of depression:

Depression and the Nobel Prize - Well Blog -

"Anyone who has struggled with depression — either in themselves or a loved one — will be moved by the story of Douglas C. Prasher.

Dr. Prasher, who now drives a courtesy van for a car dealer, abandoned a life of scientific research years ago. Trained as a biochemist, Dr. Prasher has struggled over the years with bouts of depression.

His story wouldn’t be notable except for a startling fact: his early research led to a Nobel Prize-winning discovery about the inner workings of living cells. Dr. Prasher will not share in the glory or financial gains of the Nobel Prize, even though his work provided a critical ingredient in the breakthrough. Dr. Prasher’s touching story was explained by my colleague Kenneth Chang."

Depression is much more prevalent in academia than is acknowledged. Comments more than welcome.


ya, i can see why it's prevalent in academia. all the more reason to make sure that we put the books/articles/research etc. aside and remember to go outside and live every once in a while (or even on a regular basis!).

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