JDC Japan Depression Center

Purpose for Establishing the Japan Depression Center (JDC)

Purpose for Establishing the Japan Depression Center (JDC)

In 1973, a survey on general practitioners in countries across Europe revealed that 10% of their patients suffered from depression. In Japan, numerous studies have indicated that 6 to 10% of internal medicine patients have depression. There is therefore a need to confront the globally increasing prevalence of depression. In particular, given the importance of treatment of depression in general medicine, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a mental health project for diagnosis and treatment of depression for general practitioners and co-medical staffs. Then, in 1976, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) joined the WHO to launch the International Committee of Prevention and Treatment of Depression (ICPTD).

In Japan, the Japan Committee of Prevention and Treatment of Depression (JCPTD) was established in 1978 as a private organization lead by Professor Ryo Takahashi, a professor at Nagasaki University at that time who was a member of the ICPTD. The JCPTD has been providing awareness activities for the prevention and treatment of depression for over 30 years since.

Mission of the JDC

Our mission is to provide the latest information on depression, which is commonly encountered among mental illnesses, and related diseases while at the same time introducing methods for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment and to reduce not only direct losses from depression, but also secondary problems.

Aim of JDC activities

The aim of the activities of this committee is to provide information to doctors and paramedics aside from general practitioners, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and psychosomatic doctors who are interested in depression and related diseases and convey appropriate advice and methods of support for the general public who are suffering from depression and mild psychological disorders.