“You live most of your life inside your head; make sure it’s a nice place to be”
Mental health is as important as physical health. Mental illness is one of the leading causes of morbidity globally. Prevalence of mental illness in our country is grossly under-gauged. Thiscan be attributed to various reasons, which includes socialstigma, covert nature, and poor social awareness. Keeping this in the forestage, our institution has initiated the services in the domain of mental health in the year 2006. The Department of Psychiatry was formed with the most dedicated professional of the faculty. Initially, we the service was proved for about 10 patients per day. Gradually over years, we equipped ourselves with the state-of-the-art facilities and have attracted a minimum of 50 patients per day. The department is currently functioning with a team of scholarly faculties who strive to provide mental health services based on the latest evidence-based treatment protocol. With the aim of benefitting the underprivileged population, we have extended a helping hand.
The department of Psychiatry is providing dedicated mental health services in assessing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating the mentally ill patients& 24*7 Helpline service.
|24/7 Psychiatry helpline — 8489446444|
|Dr.R.Kumar||Professor & Head|
|Dr.T.Ram Kumar||Junior Resident|
|Dr.Tesita Sherry||Junior Resident|
Out-patient & In-patient services:
The Department of Psychiatry offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical services, with a wide range of facilities.
24-hours availability of the services provides extended care and admissions at any time.
24-hours psychiatric emergency care provided by our department faculties.
24 -Hours helpline number available for telephonic help.
Management of all psychiatric disorders is done with both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions.
Consultation- liaison services with other in-house clinical departments.
About 50-60 numbers of patients are seen daily including 20 new cases.
Initially patients are seen in detail by post graduate student and later they are discussed with the senior faculty. Patients are their families are treated with kindness, care and empathy. Patient information is kept confidential.
Most of the drugs are being provided free of cost for a period of 15
Special wards and general wards (30 bedded) are available.
Basic investigations, Hygienic food and even costly drugs are being provided free of cost.
On an average, 2-5 patients get admitted every day.
- Marital psychosexual clinic
- De-addiction clinic
- Memory clinic
- Community Psychiatry
- Child guidance clinic
- Suicide prevention clinic
- Family counseling
- Psychomotor clinic
- Psycho dermatology clinic
Equipments and Instruments
- ECT machine (Brief Pulse Wave Therapy)
- Lithium analyzer
- IQ testing materials – Wechsler’s, Bhatia, Binnetkamat Test (BKT), Raven progressive matrices, Seguin form board test.
- Diagnostic psychometrics – Rorschach, Thematic Apperception test (TAT), Sentence completion test, Draw a person test
- Neuropsychological assessment – AIIMS battery
- I -Q Assessment
- Personality Assessment
- Assessment for Learning Disability
- Neuro-Cognitive Assessment.
- Modified Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT)
- Ketamine therapy
- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (RTMS)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy / Behavioral therapy
- Motivation enhancement therapy
- Marital / Couple therapy
- Family counseling
- Sexual therapy
- Aversion therapy
- Exposure response prevention therapy
- Relaxation Techniques
- Crisis Management
- Laundry and ironing
- Craft making
- Paper cover making
Special Clinics are conducted on weekly basis. The schedule is as below,
The following clinics are held over the week
|Name of the clinic||Days||Timing|
|Marital psychosexual clinic||Tuesday||8 am – 12 pm|
|De-addiction clinic||Wednesday||8 am – 12 pm|
|Geriatric and memory clinic||Friday||8 am – 12 pm|
|Community Psychiatry||Friday||8 am – 1 pm|
|Child guidance clinic||Saturday||8 am – 12 pm|
The following clinics are held on daily basis:
|Suicide prevention clinic||Everyday||8 am – 12 pm|
|Family counselling||Everyday||8 am – 12 pm|
|Psychomotor clinic||Everyday||8 am – 12 pm|
Includes both clinical classes and didactic lectures based on the syllabus prescribed by the MCI. The didactic lectures are scheduled weekly on 6th, 7th & 8th Semester.
|1||6 & 7||Saturday||9.30 -10.30 AM|
|2||8||2nd & 4th Saturday||9.30 -10.30 AM|
The clinical postings are as scheduled as follows.
The didactic lectures cover varied topics as prescribed by the Medical Council of India. Besides lectures other methodology of teaching such as role play, clinical quiz and group discussion are adopted to inpatient students’ better knowledge of subject.
- Able to identify signs and symptoms of common psychiatric illness.
- Able to identify developmental and cognitive delays in children.
- Able to apply basic counseling skills.
- Aware of common psychopharmacological interventions in psychiatry.
- Able to deliver mental health services at the primary care level.
CRRI’s are trained in diagnosing and managing the common mental disorders and to handle the emergencies in psychiatry during their 2 weeks posting.
Post graduate MD program has been started since 2012 with intake of 2 seats/year. The teaching schedules are being carried out based on the Pondicherry University syllabus.
- Bedside Teaching Round
- Journal Club
- Case discussion
- Short talks
- Group discussion
- Roll Play
- Movie Club (held in hospital auditorium regarding various topics like CPC, guest lectures, student seminars, grand round, sessions on basic sciences, biostatistics, research methodology, teaching methodology, health economics, medical ethics and legal issues)
The departmental academic activities include a minimum of (monthly)
|I week||Case Conference||Scientific Committee||Group Discussion||Seminar|
|II week||Case Conference||Journal Club||Roll Play||Seminar|
|III week||Case Conference||Drug Review||Group Discussion||Seminar|
|IV week||Case Conference||Journal Club||Movie Club||Seminar|
- Friday – Weekly Test
- All sessions are supervised by faculty members. It is mandatory for all postgraduates to attend the sessions.
- All the teaching sessions are assessed by the faculty members and the peers at the end of the session.
Other activities include weekly debates, joint presentations or panel discussions, film based discussions.
Assessment of students is done based on the regularity of attendance, level of participation in academic activities, and the quality of presentation. Internal assessment tests (both theory and practical) are being conducted on weekly basis. Clinical skills are documented in their log book regularly.
Basic sciences (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology) and specialty teaching are being taught by the senior faculty of the respective departments. Interdepartmental meetings are conducted with various allied departments to enable them attain adequate knowledge. Workshops on research methodology and statistics are conducted in association with department of community medicine. They are trained to conduct the thesis in an efficient way.
Training in Clinical Psychology is given by the Department of clinical psychology which is head by experienced clinical psychologist, psychologist and a psychiatry social worker. All sorts of psychological testing, assessments and psychotherapies are taught.
They are given special hands-on training on management of psychiatric emergencies.
They are engaged in peripheral postings at NIMHANS which includes child psychiatry, De-addiction and Psychiatric rehabilitation. They are also posted in Neurology and General medicine.
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- Arun S, Dinesh AJ, Pandey A, Bhat SM. Prevalence of alcohol use among patients attending trauma center in a tertiary care hospital: a cross sectional study. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. 2014 Sep 18;3(45):11006-16
- Arun S, Dinesh AJ, Pandey SA. Amisulpiride induced erythema multiforme: a case report. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. 2014 Sep 1;3(40):10053-7.
- Dinesh AJ, Arun S, Pandey A, Sharma G. A prospective study of medically unexplained physical symptoms in depressive disorders. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. 2014 Sep 22; 3(46):11186-98.
- Dinesh AJ, Arun S, Pandey SA, Devaraja P. Unusual sexual deviations in a young man: a case report. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. 2014 Sep 1; 3(40):10057-61.
- Vinoth K, Harisundar M, Vinayagamoorthy V, Kumar R. Anxiety and its determinants among wives of alcohol dependence patients in Puducherry,Indian journal of Law and Human Behavior. ISSN No: 2454-7107, IJLHB, Vol-4, Issue 1, Page 24-30, Jan -June 2018.
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Awards and laurels:
University Rank / Medals
|Dr. R. Pradeep||First||Gold||2015|
|Dr. Cijo Alex||Second||****|
|Dr. K.Prem Kumar||Second||****||2017|
|Dr. N. Iyshwarya @Rajalakshmi||First||Gold||2018|
Outreach and community programs:
- Community visited Thiruvennainallur Rural Health Training Centre every Friday between 8am to 1pm.
- School visits: Mental health awareness and Psychiatric Survey
|Date||Name of the School||Number of beneficiaries|
|22.01.2018||Government girls Higher Secondary School – Thiruvennainallur||1157|
|23.01.2018||Panchayat Union Middle – Thiruvennainallur||256|
|23.01.2018||Government Higher Secondary School – Emappur||414|
|24.01.2018||J.G. Nursery and Primary School – Thiruvennainallur||300|
|29.01.2018||Bonne Nehru Higher Secondary School – Thiruvennainallur||1000|
|29.01.2018||Government Higher Secondary School – Enathimangalam||484|
|30.01.2018||Panchayat Union Middle School – Chinnasevalai||208|
|30.01.2018||Government High School – Serumadurai||292|
|30.01.2018||Government High School – T.Ediyar||250|
|13.02.2018||Panchayat Union Middle School – Semmar||200|
|31.07.2018||Government Girls Higher Secondary School – Sithalingamadam||258|
College visits: Mental health awareness and Psychiatric Survey
|Date||Name of the College||Number of Beneficiaries|
|Thiruvallur Arts and Science College||2000|
Community Survey: Psychiatry Survey
|Date||Name of the village||Number of beneficiaries|
|11.07.2018||Inaugural function Psychiatric awareness at Sithalingamadam|
|Door-to-door survey – Sithalingamadam||6254|
|Door-to-door survey – C.Meyur||4640|
|02.08.2018||Door-to-door survey – Semmar||2547|
|Door-to-door survey – Keerimedu||1387|
|Door-to-door survey – Enathimangalam||3861|
|Door-to-door survey – Emappur||3273|
|Door-to-door survey – Seruvannur||2285|
|Door-to-door survey – Sarayamedu&Maliyamedu||3048|
|Door-to-door survey – Allamkuppam||1247|
Events Organized & conducted:
|10.09.2015||World Suicide prevention day celebration||90|
|5.10.2015||Guest lecture on Substance abuse by Dr. Asokkumar||270|
|5.10.2015 to 10.10.2015||Mental Health week celebration||350|
|27.11.2015||CME on Child Psychiatry||114|
|11.06.2016||Workshop on hypnosis||145|
|10.09.2016||World Suicide prevention day celebration||132|
|10.10.2016||Mental Health day celebration||120|
|25.11.2016||CME on Sex – myths and facts||220|
|14.02.2017||Guest Lecture on “Pharmacogenomics and its application in Psychiatry” by Dr. Jagan Chilakamarri.||30|
|16.03.2017||Guest Lecture on “Introduction to EEG” by Dr. Pradeep Nair||60|
|10.09.2017||World Suicide prevention day celebration||110|
|21.09.2018||World Alzheimer’s day celebration||80|
|10.10.2017||Mental Health day celebration||200|
|11.11.2017||CME on Adolescent Psychiatry||139|
|10.09.2018||World Suicide prevention day celebration||150|
|12.10.2018||Mental Health day celebration||135|
|Batch||Name of the PG||Designation/Institution (Current)||E-mail Id|
|2012 – 2015||Dr. Cijo Alex||Assistant Professor Believers church Medical Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Sanu Sudhagar||Resident Psychiatrist, Australiaemail@example.com|
|2013 – 2016||Dr. R. Pradeep||Assistant Professor Tagore Medical College, Chennaifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. M. HariSundar||Consultant Psychiatrist, Private Clinic, Chennaiemail@example.com|
|2014 – 2017||Dr. K. Prem Kumar||Senior Resident Tagore Medical College& Hospital, Chennaifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Anoopa Benny||Senior Resident Al Azhar Medical College & Hospitalemail@example.com|
|2015 – 2018||Dr. K. Hiran Dasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. S. Sajeesh||Consultant Psychiatrist Holy Family Hospitalemail@example.com|
|2016 – 2019||Dr. N. Iyshwarya @ Rajalakshmi||Consultant Psychiatrist Meenakshi Hospital, Tanjore.||firstname.lastname@example.org|