RAWALPINDI - The depressive disorder is common in the world and is affecting every class of society in a variety of ways.

The depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It interferes with daily life and normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him/her. The persons suffering from depressive disorder lose interest and pleasure in their usual activities, feel worthless and tend to isolate from society.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide, said

Maj Gen (Retd) Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam, Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Punjab, at the inaugural session of the 7th National Symposium on Depression held at a local hotel yesterday.

The symposium was organised by Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) in collaboration with department of psychiatry, Rawal Institute of Health

Sciences Islamabad, and Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians.

Addressing the symposium, the VC UHS said that that some of the more common factors involved in depression were family history, trauma and stress, pessimistic personality, physical conditions and other psychological disorders.

Khaqan Waheed Khawaja, chairman Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, on this occasion said that depression is a serious health condition affecting millions of people each year. The total cost in human suffering was impossible to estimate. Depression often impaired many aspects of everyday life and affects not only those who are depressed, but also those who care about the depressed person.

Dr Mazhar Malik, former president of Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) and chairman organising committee, 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.

Prof Dr Aslam Shah, Principal College of Medicine and Dentistry RIHS, Prof Dr Khalid A Mufti, Prof Dr Fareed Minhas and Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Dogar also shared their views with the participants.

Dr Jamal Nasir, Chairman Pakistan Green Task Force and eminent social worker, Gen (Retd) Kamal Akbar, Gen (Retd) Karamat A Karamat, professors, doctors and others were present on the occasion. Over 200 doctors, medical students and representatives of pharmaceutical firms attended the inaugural session of the 7th national symposium on depression.