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10th  October 2016
Today is world mental health day: IMA Stand
  1. Depression is common, often preventable, treatable disease resulting our of a chemical imbalance of nor epinephrine, dopamine and serotonin
  2. Stress is the reaction of the body, mind or of both to the interpretation of a known situation
  3. The cardinal symptoms are persistent (often > 18 days), all pervasive (present throughout the day in all situations) and needs treatment and follow up for up to one year
  4. Drugs available are serotonin-norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (SNDRI triple reuptake inhibitor), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  5. SSRI group of drug Escitalopram 10 mg when needed can be given safely in general practice for 10 days and then increased to 20 mg at beds time for 20 days and if no response the patient must be referred to a specialist.
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Indian Medical Association (IMA), The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) and Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) educate the medical community on depression
 
Organize a Continuing Medical Education seminar in Delhi to mark the upcoming World Mental Health Awareness Day
on October 10 
 
New Delhi, October 9, 2016: Addressing the need to reduce the increasing burden of mental health disorders such as depression on the Indian healthcare system, IMA, IPS and TLLLF organized a one-of-its-kind Continuing Medical Education seminar for doctors today in Delhi. 
 
This CME is a part of the ‘Together Against Depression’ program launched by The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), a not-for-profit organization started by actress Deepika Padukone with an aim to raise awareness about mental health in India. The purpose of the seminar is to sensitize and assist doctors in working more effectively with their patients who may be going through depression or anxiety.
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