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 usal activities, feeling worthless, tend to isolate from society.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide, said Professor Doctor Muhammad Amjad Chaudry Registar ,Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University in National Symposium on Depression held at Pearl Continental Hotel Rawalpindi on 20th August 2016, organized 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 Doctor Syed Aslam Shah Principal Rawal Institute of Health Sciences Islamabad on this occasion 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 organizing committee Dr Mazhar Malik at this occasion said that several International and National mental health organizations have been providing educational, academic, research training and crisis intervention. From the platform of PPS various CME programs are being organized in the country addressing common psychiatric disorders for primary care physicians. Prof. 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 8th National Symposium on Depression.