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Depression treatment centers to open across Macedonia


Depression treatment centers will be opened in almost every healthcare institution in Macedonia by the end of the year as part of a new project related to the prevention of mental disorders.

The centers are set to be open once a week in which a psychiatrist is going to be hired to provide health services to patients who have made no appointment, Minister of Health Nikola Todorov said at Thursday’s news conference.

By opening depression treatment centers, he added, Macedonia’s health system will be strengthened in relation to mental health promotion.

“Depression is an illness of the modern society and its treatment needs to include not only professionals from the sphere of mental health, but also experts such as sociologists, psychologists, pedagogues, etc. Depression is a psychiatric disorder characterized by pathologically low mood,” said Todorov.

He cited data of the World Health Organization according to which 350 million people worldwide suffered from depression.

“It is estimated that one in five women and one in ten men will experience at least one serious depressive episode in their lives,” Todorov said.

At the same time, he informed, depression is a leading condition that co-occurs with other illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases. “The Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Clinic of Psychiatry has prepared an action plan to open depression treatment centers in healthcare institution across Macedonia.

“These centers will function as services of the community outside hospitals in a bid to prevent depression and to eradicate any aspect of stigmatization. The Ministry will expand the teams in order to provide a multidisciplinary approach in the centers,” added Todorov.