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University of Health Sciences Symposium on Depression
« on: September 01, 2013, 04:03:12 PM »
University of Health Sciences Symposium on Depression
Rawalpindi  :September 01: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide, said Major General (r) Muhammad Aslam, vice chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, at an inaugural session of 5th National Symposium on Depression held at Pearl Continental Hotel here on Saturday, says a press release.
The symposium was organised by Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) in collaboration with Department of Psychiatry Rawal Institute of Medical Sciences, Pakistan Medical Association and Psychiatric Welfare Association, Lahore.


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.


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.


Lt Gen (r) Karamat A Karamat, principal & dean of Rawal Institute of Medical urged the need of two months compulsory training of Psychiatry for all doctors. Khaqan Waheed Khawaja, chief executive of Rawal Institute of Medical Sciences on the occasion said that several international and national mental health organisations have been providing educational, academic, research trainings and crisis intervention.


Chairman Organising Committee and Vice President of PPS Dr Mazhar Malik said the platform of PPS various CME programmes are being organised in the country addressing common psychiatric disorders for primary care physicians. PPS ex-president Professor Dr. M Riaz Bhatti also shared their views with the participants. PPS Secretary General Dr Syed Aslam Shah brief about the upcoming activities of the Pakistan Psychiatric Society.


Over 200 doctors, medical students and representatives of pharmaceutical firms attended the inaugural session of the symposium.The news.
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