Cancer specialist Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about his battle with depression

“I had been working tirelessly, I think, for 27 years, since college. Working tirelessly”, – Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee – Image credit: Getty Images

By: Kimberly Rodrigues

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is described as a common and serious medical illness that negatively influences the way you think, feel, and act.

The death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or the loss of a job are all difficult experiences for a person.

Therefore, according to experts, it is normal for feelings of grief or sadness to develop in response to such circumstances, just like in the case of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, one of the world’s most admired doctors and the one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential Physicians.

The highly intelligent cancer specialist who has helped cure cancer and spent his life doing groundbreaking research was hit by a wave of depression five years ago, the Times reports.

Although the doctor’s father passed away and he is grieving, according to Dr Mukherjee, depression had plagued him for years and was more than just an expected response to the loss of a parent.

Speaking of his experience, he reportedly said he was “swamped by the deepest wave of depression I have ever experienced. My father had passed away and I could feel the crunch of age – mentally and physically. But frankly, some of them were mysterious.

The depression is said to have persisted and the doctor believes this is likely due to the way he continually pushed himself. He is quoted as saying, “I had been working tirelessly, I think, for 27 years, since college. Work tirelessly.

Thinking about it a little more, he adds: “It was a bit like the frog in the soup. I didn’t have a clue what state I was in until the water was really boiling. The water was boiling and I suddenly realized that I had lost interest in so many things.

Dr. Mukherjee is based at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, and four teams of scientists are working on his ideas.

As mentioned earlier, the oncologist constantly pushes the limits and tries to solve several puzzles a day with the aim of cracking several codes at once. The race is against the clock as his patients die and many people depend on him.

He is known to dig his brain for several hours a day, day after day, looking for new angles to attack cancer. As a cancer doctor, he also continuously records the stories of dying people. So you can imagine the stress he is under and he is trying to fight.

The oncologist has studied the entire history of medical science and recalls it in full – Aristotle, Vesalius, Harvey, Galen Hooke, Snow, Lister, etc., down to gene splicing or some form of genetic engineering, including he is a leading lawyer.

The doctor also had a hugely successful second career as an author. In fact, his cancer book, The Emperor of All Diseases, won the Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, his next book The Gene: An Intimate History won the Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize in Science.

Additionally, Dr. Mukherjee is said to have always been an outgoing and outgoing person who enjoyed talking and exchanging ideas with all kinds of people. He also enjoyed collecting art and talking to artists.

But unfortunately, due to her depression, her world had turned gray and dark.

Speaking of the same, he says, “Things that used to bring me joy didn’t bring me joy. I haven’t found the same joy in reading a book or making a discovery. Or simple joys, like the company of a friend.

Moreover, in his latest book The Song of the Cell, Dr. Mukherjee writes that he felt “drowned in a tide of sadness”.

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