One third of Europeans today suffer from mental disorders, with the numbers rising every year. Different mental disorders are often interconnected and accompanied by other diseases, becoming a major issue in developed countries and one of major public health care challenges. Only a small percentage of those affected seek professional help, and only one third of them receive treatment.
We always strive to inform health care professionals about current issues and treatment options regarding mental disorders, particularly during World Mental Health Day. For this reason we organised an international symposium Mental disorders – Connecting the dots in Berlin. The event was attended by more than 130 excellent physicians and key opinion leaders from the psychiatric field from 12 European countries.
Krka’s Director of Marketing Elizabeta Suhadolc greeted the symposium participants. In her introductory lecture she discussed the importance of a broad access to medicines for mental disorders. Krka has been present in this field for more than 50 years, offering a range of high quality medicines at affordable prices. We complement our wide range of medicines for treating depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders and dementia with new pharmaceutical forms and dosages, thus helping to improve the treatment of each patient.
The professional part of the symposium was moderated by a renowned psychiatrist prof. Ante Silić, who in his introductory address highlighted the high-risk groups and the numerous issues in detecting and properly treating mental disorders and concomitant diseases, thus indicating the content of the lectures that would follow. In his lecture prof. Cyril Höschl from the Czech Republic discussed concomitant physical and mental diseases, which are difficult to diagnose due to often overlapping symptoms. Prof. Tomasz Sobów from Poland and prof. Maja Rus Makovec from Slovenia presented clinical cases from everyday psychiatrist’s clinical practice. Using specific cases they pointed out the high-risk groups, particularly young people and the elderly, where special attention is required; they also invited the audience to participate in the discussion. The participants exchanged their experiences and agreed that early detection and treatment of concomitant diseases are of vital importance.