Psychiatry

Objective 

  • To reduce the burden of mental health through treatment, research and training and to promote positive mental health.
  • To enhance public awareness about mental health and eliminate the stigma attached to psychiatric disorders

Overview

The department is actively involved in clinical work, teaching and research activities. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of the patient is done with modern treatment methods. We also provide speciality services in areas including substance use and deaddiction, child and adolescent mental health, perinatal mental health and geriatric mental health. Academic activities include regular management and academic rounds, teaching programmes, lecturers and ward case discussions.

Syllabus for MBBS Curriculum

  • Introduction and general aspects: Epidemiology, community psychiatry, techniques of the psychiatric interview and psychiatric history taking
  • Symptomatology: Symptoms and signs of psychiatric disorders- concept of normality, identification and assessment of symptoms, subtle and gross signs of abnormal behaviour. Principles of treatment used in Psychiatry – Psychotherapy, Behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, physical treatment including drugs, social treatment, E.C.T. psycho-surgery: “Psychiatric First Aid
  • Etiology of mental disorders- giving balanced presentation of its multifactorial causation (genetic endowment, somatic, psychological and social)- predisposing precipitating and perpetuating factors. Classification of psychiatric disorders and concept of psychosomatic diseases.
  • Organic psychiatric disorders- delirium, dementia, substance misuse (alcoholism and drug abuses).
  • Schizophrenia and delusional disorders
  • Affective disorders-depression, mania, suicide and attempted suicide (deliberate self harm)
  • Neuroses and personality disorders- anxiety and neurosis, obsessional neurosis, hysterical neurosis, hypochondriacal neurosis.
  • Reaction to severe stress- acute stress reaction and post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), Eating disorders- anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity sleep disorders, insomnia, parasomnias. Sexual dysfunction and puerperal psychosis
  • Mental retardation and children’s behaviour problem
  • Community psychiatry and psychiatric emergencies, legal aspect of psychiatry
  • Psychiatric prevention and mental health promotion and role of general practitioner