“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
Name Designation
Dr.R.Kumar Professor & Head
Dr.S.Arun Associate Professor
Dr.K.Vinoth Associate Professor
Dr.K.S.Venkatarangan Senior Resident
Dr.T.Ram Kumar Junior Resident
Dr.HarshAvinashThappa Junior Resident
Dr.V.Souganya@Mahalakshmi Junior Resident
Dr.R.Lokesh Junior Resident
Dr.Tesita Sherry Junior Resident
Mr.V.S.Selvam Clinical Psychologist
Ms.B.Ambiga Psychologist
Ms.S.Rama Social Worker

Departmental services:

Out-patient & In-patient services:

The Department of Psychiatry offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical services, with a wide range of facilities.

24*7 Services:

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.

OPD

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 

Ward

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.

Available services:

  1. Marital psychosexual clinic
  2. De-addiction clinic
  3. Geriatric
  4. Memory clinic
  5. Community Psychiatry
  6. Child guidance clinic
  7. Suicide prevention clinic
  8. Family counseling
  9. Psychomotor clinic
  10. Psycho dermatology clinic

Equipments and Instruments

  1. ECT machine (Brief Pulse Wave Therapy)
  2. Lithium analyzer
  3. IQ testing materials – Wechsler’s, Bhatia, Binnetkamat Test (BKT), Raven progressive matrices, Seguin form board test.
  4. Diagnostic psychometrics – Rorschach, Thematic Apperception test (TAT), Sentence completion test, Draw a person test
  5. Neuropsychological assessment – AIIMS battery

Therapies:

Assessments:

  1. I -Q Assessment
  2. Personality Assessment
  3. Assessment for Learning Disability
  4. Neuro-Cognitive Assessment.
  5. Psychometrics

Biological therapies:

  1. Modified Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT)
  2. Ketamine therapy
  3. Narcoanalysis
  4. Hypnosis
  5. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (RTMS)

Psychotherapies:

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy / Behavioral therapy
  2. Motivation enhancement therapy
  3. Marital / Couple therapy
  4. Family counseling
  5. Sexual therapy
  6. Aversion therapy
  7. Exposure response prevention therapy
  8. Bio-feedback
  9. Relaxation Techniques
  10. Crisis Management

Rehabilitation:

  1. Laundry and ironing
  2. Tailoring
  3. Workshop
  4. Craft making
  5. Paper cover making

Special Clinics:

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

Academics:

Under-graduation:

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.

S.No Semester Day Time
1 6 & 7 Saturday 9.30 -10.30 AM
2 8 2nd & 4th Saturday 9.30 -10.30 AM

Clinical postings:

The clinical postings are as scheduled as follows.

S.No Semester Posting Period
1 4 2 Weeks

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.

Learning objectives:-

  1. Able to identify signs and symptoms of common psychiatric illness.
  2. Able to identify developmental and cognitive delays in children.
  3. Able to apply basic counseling skills.
  4. Aware of common psychopharmacological interventions in psychiatry.
  5. 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-graduation:

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.

Teaching methods

  • Bedside Teaching Round
  • Seminar
  • Symposium
  • 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)

Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
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.

Research Activities:

  • Selvaraj AG, Praharaj SK. Delayed onset and prolonged interictal delirium following electroconvulsive therapy. Psychogeriatrics. 2012 Sep;12(3):211-3.
  • Munoli RN, Praharaj SK, Bhandary RP, Selvaraj AG. Desvenlafaxine-induced worsening of hypertension. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences. 2013 Apr;25(2):E29-30.
  • 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.
  • Arun S, Vinoth KD, Ahalya V. Prevalence of Psychiatric co-morbidities in alcohol dependent patient in a tertiary care hospital, Pondicherry,Indian journal of Law and Human Behaviour. ISSN No: 2454-7107, IJLHB, Vol-4, Issue 1, Page 17-23, Jan -June 2018.
  • Vinoth K, Arun Prasanna C, Asokkumar. Age and gender disparity of the risk factors for suicide among adolescent suicide attempters. Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Research, ISSN No: 2249-5851, JMSCR,Vol-6, Issue 5, Page 419-426, May 2018.
  • Vinoth K, Sasikala V. Diagnostic dilemmas in neurology of the tropics -Neurolinks 2012, vol.9,Issue2, Page no.4– 6.
  • Vinoth K, Sudhakar S, Harisundar M. Case report – An interesting case of normal Pressure Hydrocephalus presenting with Psychotic Symptoms. Indian Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Research; June 2015: Vol.-4, Issue- 3, P. 159-161.
  • Cijo A, Anoopa B, Venkatarangan KS. Frontal lobe syndrome – A case report. International J. of Healthcare and Biomedical Research. Volume 03, Issue: 03, April 2015, Pages 82-84.
  • Benny A, Alex C, Venkatarangan KS. Girl with Trichobezoar- A case report. Indian Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Research; December 2016: Vol.-6, Issue- 1, P. 368-370.
  • Sajeesh S, Arun S, Kumar R, Vishnu GA. PICA – A rare case of eating Raw rice. International journal of current research in Medical Sciences. Volume:3, Issue 11, Year 2017.

Awards and laurels:

University Rank / Medals

Name Rank Medal Year
Dr. R. Pradeep First Gold 2015
Dr. Cijo Alex Second ****
Dr. M.HariSundar First Gold 2016
Dr. K.Prem Kumar Second **** 2017
Dr. N. Iyshwarya @Rajalakshmi First Gold 2018

Outreach and community programs:

  1. Community visited Thiruvennainallur Rural Health Training Centre every Friday between 8am to 1pm.
  2. 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
05.03.2018

06.03.2018

07.03.2018

09.03.2018

12.03.2018

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
16.07.2018

19.07.2018

Door-to-door survey – Sithalingamadam 6254
20.07.2018

23.07.2018

Door-to-door survey – C.Meyur 4640
02.08.2018 Door-to-door survey – Semmar 2547
06.08.2018

13.08.2018

Door-to-door survey – Keerimedu 1387

21.08.2018

23.08.2018

24.08.2018

Door-to-door survey – Enathimangalam 3861

27.08.2018

30.08.2018

31.08.2018

Door-to-door survey – Emappur 3273

04.09.2018

06.09.2018

07.08.2018

Door-to-door survey – Seruvannur 2285

18.09.2018

20.09.2018

25.09.2018

27.09.2018

Door-to-door survey – Sarayamedu&Maliyamedu 3048

3.10.2018

11.10.2018

Door-to-door survey – Allamkuppam 1247

Events Organized & conducted:

Date Day Celebrated Beneficiaries
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 College cijoalex@yahoo.co.in
Dr. Sanu Sudhagar Resident Psychiatrist, Australia sanusudhagar@gmail.com
2013 – 2016 Dr. R. Pradeep Assistant Professor Tagore Medical College, Chennai pradeep.psychiatrist@gmail.com
Dr. M. HariSundar Consultant Psychiatrist, Private Clinic, Chennai harryms99@gmail.com
2014 – 2017 Dr. K. Prem Kumar Senior Resident Tagore Medical College& Hospital, Chennai premmedico.1987@gmail.com
Dr. Anoopa Benny Senior Resident Al Azhar Medical College & Hospital pinkybenn@gmail.com
2015 – 2018 Dr. K. Hiran Das   drhirandask@gmail.com
Dr. S. Sajeesh Consultant Psychiatrist Holy Family Hospital drsajee1434@gmail.com
2016 – 2019 Dr. N. Iyshwarya @ Rajalakshmi Consultant Psychiatrist Meenakshi Hospital, Tanjore. iyshwarya11@gmail.com