Doha, October 09 (QNA) – Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) celebrates tomorrow ,Wednesday, the World Mental Health Day, which falls on the tenth of October of each year. This year’s event is celebrated under the slogan “Depression: A Global Crisis.”
During the celebration , main foucs will highlight depression as one of the most common psychiatric diseases in the world, in order to identify the symptoms and methods of treatment.
On this occasion, the Department of Psychiatry at HMC number of events this year to celebrate World Mental Health Day to highlight the importance of mental health and its impact on the individual and the community, in addition to holding other educational seminars and more open debates about mental illness and disorders and their impact on the lives of the individual and society, with the need to take appropriate action to support mental health and create the psychological balance of the individual.
World Mental Health Day, is held annually on October 10th to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. This year, 2012, the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
According to the World Health Organization, WHO, Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can contribute to their community.
World Mental Health Day 2012 aims to encourage governments and civil society around the world to address depression as a widespread illness that affects individuals, their families and their peers, and to recognize that it is a treatable condition. Everyone should be alert to the early signs of depressive disorder it can affect anyone, from young people to seniors. It is now estimated that 350 million people globally are affected by depression, and this alarming figure is a wakeup call for us to address.
For his part, Dr. Hani Shaltout, the specialist psychiatry and chairman of celebration Committee said that the Department of Psychiatry is participating in the World Mental Health Day through two exhibitions for awareness against Depression, the first one is organized Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) on Oct.10 at the Tornadoes Tower, while the second exhibition will be organized by Al Jazeera television.
It is noted that a depressive order is an illness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way we eat and sleep, the way we feel about our self and the way we think about things. It is not the same as a passing “blue mood”, or a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be “wished “away. It is not an illness where we can “pull our self together” and get better. Without appropriate treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or even years. Depressive disorder is a treatable illness.
Depression is thought to be the most common single entity that brings us into our doctor’s office. It comes in different forms just as in the case of other illnesses such as heart disease and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. According to the World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Study, depression is one of the top five major causes of disability in the world. It causes more disability and greater decrements in health than most other chronic illness such as diabetes, arthritis and angina.
Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment. Its complications affect both the sufferer and the people around.
Depression is often unrecognized by those who suffer and even at times, by doctors who are called upon to treat it. In its earliest stage, depression rarely presents itself with the classic psychiatric symptoms of sadness or loss of interest or hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. By far the most likely complaints are those of a physical nature and include-
Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping
Tiredness and decreased energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Our whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
Irritability, restlessness. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Our tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex. We have lost our ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Overeating or appetite loss, resulting in ssignificant weight loss or weight gain a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. The Faces Depression across the lifecycle.(END)