Dr.(Prof.) Manilal Gada M.D.(Psychological Medicine); D.PM.; F.I.PS. is the Hon. Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Padamashree Dr. D. Y Patil Medical
College affiliated to University of Mumbai; Hon. Psychiatrist and Head of the Department of
Psychiatry at Rajawadi Municipal General Hospital, Ghatkopar, Mumbai; Panel Consultant
for Air India; O.N.G.C.
Prof. Manilal Gada was awarded prestigious "Tilak Venkoba Rao Oration" by Indian Psychiatric Society in 1987 at Kolkata for his research work on "Depressive Disorder in India". Prof. Gada was selected for and won late Dr. R. K. Menda Oration Award of Indian Medical Association, ,Nagpur Branch in January 1995. Prof. Gada has been recently awarded Late Dr. S. M. Lulla Oration Award of Mumbai Psychiatric Society in April 2000 for his contribution in the field of Mental Health for the last 25 years. His research papers have won the Best Research Paper Award at annual conferences of Indian Psychiatric Society West Zone in 1984 and in 1997.
"Prof. Manilal Gada was one of the participants in the W.H.O.International Multicentric study on "Depressive Disorder". Prof. Gada's resume of work and bio-data has appeared in International Bio-graphical reference books published from U.S.A. and England like "International Who is Who in Medicine"; "5000 Personalites of the World"; "Men of Achievements"; "2000 Outstanding Personalities of 20th Century"; "2000 Outstanding Scientists of 20th Century" etc.
Prof. Manilal Gada is Past President of Indian Psychiatric Society West Zone; Mumbai Psychiatric Society; Kutchi Medicos Association. He is active member of Indian Medical Association N.E.B.s. branch, Medical Consultants Association of Bombay etc. Prof. Gada regularly conducts Continuing Medical Education Courses for doctors.
Prof. Manilal Gada is a practising psychiatrist and child psychotherapist in Ghatkopar and Mulund suburbs of Mumbai since the last 25 years.
World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has defined he as "Physical, Mental and Social well-being". The me health of the individual plays a significant role in well-being of a person. There is a saying "A Healthy A has a Healthy Body."
During the past two decades, interest and research ir field of Mental Health and Mental Disorders have grown rapidly. A recent study conducted by W.H.O. has predicted that in terms of disease burden, by the year 2020 (that is in the next 20 years), Depressive disease will become the No. 2 disease in the world overriding diabetes, cancer, arthritis A study conducted in Mumbai in 1998 showed that 36 % (the cases attending general practitioners' clinic for var
physical or somatic complaints were actually suffering from Depressive disease.
There are a lots of misconceptions, prejudices and biases against mental (psychological) diseases. Recent research clearly demonstrated the role of chemicals in the brain cells these diseases and established beyond doubt that the patients are not behaving, thinking and feeling in a particular manner purposely and that the symptoms are not under their control.
The new knowledge gained through scientific research needs to be spread to common man. This book is an attempt in this direction. It is an effort to present facts about the most commonly seen maental disease namely, “Depressive Disease”.
The information is useful not only for the patients and their family members but also for the common man. It is hoped that with the scientific information presented in this book, the misconceptions, prejudices as also the biases would be corrected and the disease, along the biases would be corrected and the disease, along with the suffering patients, would be understood better. This would help in early diagnosis and proper treatment of Depressive disease, thus reducing the suffering and disease burden to families and society at large.
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