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September 17, 2017

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Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide: experts

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide: experts

Rawalpindi: Depressive disorders are common in all regions of the world and depression affecting every class of society in a variety of ways where individuals are losing interest and pleasure in their usual activities, feeling worthless, tend to isolate from society, says a press release.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide, said Prof Shabbir Ahmad Lehri, president of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) in 9th National Symposium on Depression held at Pearl Continental Hotel, here on Saturday.

The symposium was organised by Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) in collaboration with Department of Psychiatry Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad and Pakistan Medical Association.

He added that some of the more common factors involved in depression are family history, trauma and stress, pessimistic personality, physical conditions and other psychological disorders.

Professor Fareed Aslam Minhas delivered the theme lecture on “Depression, Let’s Talk.”

On the occasion, Professor Doctor Syed Aslam Shah, principal of Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad said that depression is a serious health condition affecting millions of people each year.

The total cost in human suffering is impossible to estimate. Depression often impairs many aspects of our everyday lives and affects not only those who are depressed, but also those who care about the depressed person.

President  Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) & Chairman organising committee Dr Mazhar Malik said that several international and national mental health organisations have been providing educational, academic, research trainings and crisis intervention. From the platform of PPS various CME programmes are being organised in the country addressing common psychiatric disorders for primary care physicians.

Professor Dr. Rizwan Taj, Professor Khalid Mufti, Dr. M Arshad Rana, Dr. Manzor Ahmad, Dr Nisar Hussain  also shared their views with the participants.

Over 200 doctors, medical students and representatives of pharmaceutical firms attended the inaugural session of the 9th National Symposium on Depression.

 

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