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