The Department of Psychology and Narcology of the Faculty of Medicine, Rīga Stradiņš University, invites to the conference Topical Issues in Depression that will take place on 9 May at 15:00 (venue: Hippocrates lecture theatre, 16 Dzirciema Street). The conference is organised in cooperation with the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Bayreuth, Germany, and the University of Ulm. Professor Manfred Wolfersdorf, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, RSU Honorary Doctor, and his colleagues will be holding lectures on topical issues in the field of depression. The working language of the conference is German.
Issues related to the depression and the means to promote its identification, diagnostics and treatment improvements will be discussed during the conference. It would contribute greatly to the reduction of indirect expenses arising from depression within the society.
The average prevalence of depression in Europe within 12 months is 6.9 %. At least 30 million inhabitants a year face this mental disease and, along with dementia and various addictions, are the causes for the greatest number of lost years according to Disability Adjusted Years Lost (DALY’s) (Wittchen et al., 2011.). Indirect expenses arising from these disorders account for almost two thirds of all society’s expenses (early death and loss of work capacity), and these expenses can be modified opposed to the direct expenses arising from the main somatic diseases (Gustavsson A. et al., 2011.).
In 2011, 6.7 % of Latvia’s population or 115,000 inhabitants were diagnosed with clinically significant depression (Rancans E. et al., 2103.), however, the number of patients treated in primary care in Latvia is very small – 8,233. Alongside, 45,975 patients with affective and neurotic disorders per year were consulted in primary care institutions, 82% of which were under of the supervision of solely family physician (CDPC, 2012).
In 2012, annual amount of indirect losses in Latvia arising from depression were 105 million euro, as opposed to state’s direct expenses in the amount of 0.37 million euro allocated for the treatment of depression (Rancāns E., 2014.).
Professor Manfred Wolfersdorf is among leading experts in Germany, he participated in various work groups for the development and implementation of projects in the field of depression. Professor has developed and promoted cooperation between Latvia and Oberfranken District in Germany.
15:00–16:00 Different faces of depression. M. Wolfersdorf
16:00–16:45 Prevention of depression and promotion of health. W. Rätzel-Kürzdörfer
16:45–17:30 Public relations (networks) in the field of depression. K. Uffmann
17:30–18:00 Prevalence of depression and sociodemographic risk factors in Latvia. E. Rancāns