002 – Dealing with Depression

Saturday, 27th February 2016

It is well established that 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to common mental disorders. Despite the fact that these are treatable, nearly 75% of people suffering from these disorders in countries like Pakistan do not have access to the treatment, thereby resulting in a huge treatment gap. The WHO has launched a Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) to help scale up services for mental disorders especially in primary care setting. Depressive disorders have been recognized as a priority disorder for developing countries. As part of mhGAP, experts from all over the world, based on current evidence, have developed a training module on Depression.

This workshop is designed according to the mhGAP training guidelines, to help non-specialist healthcare staff to recognize and treat Depressive disorders. It focuses on enhancing the skills for examining and detecting common features of depressive disorders. This is achieved through a hands-on experience of interviewing real patients and role-plays. The participants will work together to outline management plans including pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. The discussions are based on step-by-step flow charts, which help determine the severity of the disorders and make clinical decisions accordingly. There is ample opportunity to interact with senior mental health professionals to clarify existing dilemma in their clinical practices.

These training guidelines have already been implemented in Bannu District in 2015, where 60 primary care physicians were trained in collaboration with International Medical Corps.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Diagnose Depressive Disorders.
2. Manage moderate cases of Depressive Disorders.
3. Identify and refer severe or complicated cases appropriately.