> Depression almost always ignored

Partirà from these numbers the conference on “early Diagnosis and targeted treatment of depressive syndromes’, in program in Milan from 9 in the Classroom Sforza, ospedale Maggiore Policlinico. During the event – chaired by Alfredo Carlo Altamura, director of the Clinic of psychiatry of the università degli Studi of Milan and of the Unità operational Psychiatry, Irccs Foundation, policlinico hospital – will also be presented and discussed three cases of clinical depression, which is considered by the world Organisation of the sanità (Who) the leading cause of disabilità in all the industrialized Countries.

The agency, the geneva-based defines depression a public health emergency and social always più widespread, and provides that, in 2020, that isà throughout the planet, the second leading cause of disease and invalidità (today is the fourth).

depression is often so masked, più or less associated with symptoms of anxiety – points to a note by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, which supports the milanese meeting – The diagnosis becomes therefore problematic, especially in the surgeries of family doctors.

moreover, it Is an enemy hard to defeat, becauseé 60% of patients that experience a crisis, avrà a recurrence in the future and the probability; of relapse increases with each episode to the next.

studies indicate, finally, that less than 10 percent of people receive a drug therapy proper, administered at effective doses for a sufficient period of time. Sometimes it is the patient who refuses treatment for fear of social stigma, but still the difficultyà access to centres of expertise and various prejudices on antidepressants.

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to Continue the treatment for at least a year is rather crucial. According to the clinical trial, the continuous therapy reduces, in fact, of the 70 percent compared with placebo the risk of a new crisis.

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Page, published on 18 November 2008