Prof Kennedy, founding chair of CANMAT
, while delivering a presentation of challenges facing treatment of depression disorders, remarked that the Middle East region lags behind in the number of psychiatrists proportionate to the population: "While Canada has nearly 14 psychiatrists per 100,000 population, in the Middle East it ranged from 0.
Similarly the CANMAT
guidelines  recommend either cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy (IPT), or antidepressants as a first-line treatment, while the BAP guidelines  recommend CBT, behavioural therapy with activity scheduling, IPT or an antidepressant.
Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT
) and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) collaborative update of CANMAT
guidelines for the management of patients with bipolar disorder: Update 2009.