Depression is one of the common problems in clinical practice, which causes social, occupational, financial, and interpersonal difficulties. It also causes increased medical morbidity and mortality through suicide. Most of the subjects suffering from depression first go to their general physicians or family physicians. However, most physicians are very busy and preoccupied with general medical problems. Moreover, the general physician is not well acquainted with psychiatric problems. The difficulty is further compounded since a number of medical illnesses may cause either secondary or reactive depression.
There is more and more evidence building up that our emotional state of mind can affect our chances of developing heart disease down the road. A new research has revealed that post – traumatic stress disorder often increases the risk of heart disease.
What is trauma? The Trauma is: 1. A physical injury or wound caused by external force or violence. It may be self-inflicted. The principal types of trauma involved include motor vehicle accidents, falls, burns, gunshot wounds, and drowning. 2. An emotional or psychological shock that may produce disordered feelings or behavior.
* The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO’s definition of health as contained in its constitution: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” WHO’s 191 member states have endorsed this sweeping statement.