National Conference On Depression Held At AK Tibbiya College
The Department of Tahaffuzi Wa Samaji Tib, Faculty of Unani Medicine, AK Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University organized a National Conference on ‘Depression: Holistic and Integrated Approach in its Management’ to mark the World Health Day.
Addressing on the occasion Chief Guest Prof Akhtar Haseeb, Vice Chancellor, Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Faizabad informed that according to a report of World Health Organization (WHO), more than five crore Indians are affected by Depression and are struggling with mental disorders like Dementia and Alzheimer. He said that the rising incidence of Depression in people is a matter of concern which can only be reduced through change in lifestyle and adoption of spiritual ways in life.
Delivering the keynote address, Professor Akbar Hussain, Department of Psychology pointed out that Ayurvedic and Unani systems talk much about the health of a person. He informed that there is an alarming growth of mental disorders such as depression, bipolar conditions and attention disorders. Professor Hussain said that the Union Health Minister, while presenting the bill in the Lower House of the Parliament last year, had said that nearly 1 to 2 percent of the country’s population suffered from severe mental disorders. “Depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease” he added.
Professor Towqeer Alam Falahi, Dean, Faculty of Theology said that the spiritual ways to cure depression are present in every religion, the adoption of which could lead to the solution of the problem. He said that the worldly lust is responsible for the rise in depression conditions.
The Chairperson, Department of Tahaffuzi Wa Samaji Tib and the Organizing Secretary of the Conference Prof SM Safdar Ashraf said that Depression is emerging out to be a common mental disorder, which is characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration. He further said that it can be long lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or cope with daily life and in most severe state it may lead to suicide.
Dr M Khalid Siddiqui, former Director, CCRUM, New Delhi presided over the inaugural function. Prof MM Wamiq Amin, Dean, Faculty of Unani Medicine and Dr Saud Ali Khan, Principal, AK Tibbiya College also addressed on the occasion.
The program was conducted by Dr Abdul Aziz Khan while Dr Ammar Ibne Anwar proposed the vote of thanks.