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Depression is Common mental disorders refer to two main diagnostic categories: depressive disorders and anxiety disorders. These disorders are highly prevalent in the population and impact on the mood or feelings of affected persons; symptoms range in terms of their severity (from mild to severe) and duration (from months to years). These disorders are diagnosable health conditions, and are distinct from feelings of sadness, stress or fear that anyone can experience from time to time in their lives.

At a global level, over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population. Although depression can and does affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, the risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

Here at the psychiatry clinic at Almoosa Specialist Hospital we offer a comprehensive and effective program for depression management which includes:

• Full evaluation medical and psychological.
• Some investigations to exclude organic causes.
• Management plane discussed with the patient include psychopharmacological approach and psychotherapy approach (either by CBT program or psychodynamic psychotherapy).
• Integrated team between psychiatrist and psychologist and social workers.
• Follow up visits regularly done for about 6 months.

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