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

Depression and the Nobel Prize - Well Blog - NYTimes.com:

"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.

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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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