Stay Aware: Major Depressive Disorder

LAU alumnus to share invaluable information on the disorder as part of the alumni lecture series.

By Raissa Batakji

Dr. Salameh will touch base on the treatment for MDD and debunk misconceptions associated with the disorder.

One of the common misconceptions about Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is that it is a chronic condition that cannot be treated, or that can only be treated in its late stages.

Debunking this myth, among others related to MDD, will be the subject of a lecture by LAU’s own Instructor of Psychiatry and alumnus Wael Salameh (MD ’13) Understanding Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), as part of the Stay Aware lecture series, organized by the Alumni Relations Office.

Dr. Salameh received his medical degee from the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, and is a clinical psychiatrist at the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital as well as the Clemenceau Medical Center. He is also a member of the European Psychiatric Association and the European Council of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Ahead of the event, Dr. Salameh gave a commentary on the disorder, its prevalence in Lebanon, and common misconceptions.

“Recent statistics from 2017 suggest that one in four people in Lebanon will develop a mental health condition, including depression and/or anxiety,” he declared, but explained that only two out of ten would go on to seek professional help.

Dr. Salameh cited social stigma and misconceptions related to pharmacotherapy as key reasons that hinder people from seeking help. That is why spreading knowledge on the disorder is crucial and timely.

He will touch base on the treatment for MDD and counter other myths in that area, “for example, that MDD medication results in addiction and dependence, which is false,” he noted.

Dr. Salameh will also talk about the red flags to look for in potential depression cases, such as loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities, decreased concentration, lack of self-care, and changes in appetite. 

The lecture is open for all to attend and will take place on LAU Beirut campus.