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January 2014
Pakistan Psychiatric Society

5th National Symposium on Depression 

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad,organized the“5thNational Symposium on Depression” a single topic symposium on Saturday 31 August 2013 at Pearl Continental Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The theme of the symposiumwas ‘Across the poles from Depression to Elation’.

The organizing chairman was Dr.Mazhar Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and BehaviouralSciences,and President of the Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) whilethe chiefguest of the national symposium was Maj.Gen. (R) Prof.Dr.M.Aslam, Vice Chancellor, University ofHealth Sciences, Lahore. The host institution was Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad.

The scientific sessions comprised of paper presentation, invited lecturesand discussion on important topics related to Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Mood Disorder. More than 25 original research papers were presented highlighting different aspects ofDepressive Disorders associated with co morbid psychiatric and physical illnessesandbipolar mood disorder. An exclusive session was devoted towards the development of training programme for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in early recognition and treatment of Depressive Disorders. The highlight of the symposium was a Video-TeleConference lecture, delivered livedirect from Connecticut, USA.

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists andsocial workers from various Academic Departments and Universities all over the country participated in the symposium. The names of the renowned professors andpsychiatrists who participated were: Prof.Khalid A Mufti,Prof.Abdul Malik Achakzai, Prof.M. Raiz Bhatti, Prof. Jameel Hussain,Prof. Aziz ur Rehman Yousafzai, Prof. Iqbal Afridi, Prof. Aftab Asif, Prof. Raza ur Rehman, Prof. Brig.M. Saleem, Prof. Rizwan Taj, Prof. Nasir Khokhar, and Prof.Mazhar Malik.

At the end of the meeting,symposium shields were presented to the speakers, participants, and guests by theOrganizing Chairman and Chairman of the host institution, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences Islamabad.

Mazhar Malik

President, Pakistan Psychiatric Society

Caption:From L to R at the inaugural session are: Prof. Mazhar Malik, Mr. Khaqan Waheed Khawaja, Prof. Dr. Lt. Gen. (R) K.A. Karamat, Dr. M. Arshad Rana, Dr. Nisar Hussain, Prof. Dr. Maj. Gen. (R) M. Aslam, Prof. Syed Aslam Shah, and Prof. Rizwan Taj.

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