Psychiatrists for creating awareness to overcome depression

08 Apr,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Stressing the need for creating social awareness about depression, psychiatrists at a discussion on Friday said women’s risk of suffering from depression is double than their male counterparts in the country.

“Women suffer more from depression than males for various reasons, including pregnancy and family complications, which force them to commit suicide,” said Dr Zillur Rahman Khan, an assistant professor of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The discussion was arranged at Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) auditorium in the capital, marking the World Health Day. This year’s theme of the day is ‘Depression, Let’s Talk’.

Making his Power-Point presentation, Zillur Rahman said about 30 crore people have been suffering from depression globally right now and it will be the top disease-burden by 2035.

Citing a study findings, he said only 4.6 percent people suffered from depression in the country in 2005, but it increased to 12.7 percent in 2016, showing that psychiatric patients marked a significantly rise here in a decade.

Eminent psychiatrist Prof Mohit Kamal said emotion is an integral part of human mind as human body and mind are interconnected. That is why depression contributes to reducing working capacity of people, he added.

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