RAWALPINDI - Depression is a serious health condition affecting millions of people each year. The total cost in human suffering is impossible to estimate. Depression often impairs many aspects of our everyday lives and affects not those who are depressed, but also those who care about the depressed person. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide. This was stated by LT Gen Abdul Ahad Najmi at the inaugural session of national symposium on depression held at a local Pearl Continental hotel here. The symposium was organised by Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) in collaboration with Department of Psychiatry Fuaji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi, and Foundation University Medical Collage, Islamabad. Gen Najmi said some of the more common factors involved in depression are family history, trauma and stress, pessimistic personality, physical conditions and other psychological disorders. Renowned physician Prof Dr Muhammad Shoaib Shafi the need of two months compulsory training of psychiatry for all doctors. President of Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) Prof Dr Haroon Rashid Chaudhry on the occasion said several international and national mental health organization have been providing educational, academic, research training and crisis intervention. Chairman of organising committee and vice President of PPS Dr Mazhar Malik, ex-President of PPS Prof. Dr M Riaz Bhatti also shared their views with the participants. Over 200 doctors, medical students and representatives of pharmaceutical firms attended the inaugural session.