Psychiatry

The department of Psychiatry is providing dedicated metal health services in Assessing, Diagnosing, Treating and rehabilitating the mentally ill patients. It has been running since 2006 with great progress in patient care.

Equipments and Instruments

ECT machine (Brief Pulse Wave Therapy)

Lithium analyzer

IQ testing materials – Wechsler’s, Bhatia, binet kamat Test (BKT), Raven progressive matrices, seguin board form test

Diagnostic psychometrics – Rorschach, Thematic Apperception test (TAT), Sentence completion test, Draw a person test

Neuropsychological assessment – AIIMS battery

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 days.

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.

Academic Activities

Undergraduates

Under graduates are trained effectively in the field of psychiatry

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 graduates

Post graduate MD program has been started sine last year 2012 with intake of 2seats/year. The teaching schedules are being carried out based on the Pondicherry University syllabus.

The departmental weekly academic activities include- Seminar, Journal club and Case Conferences. The seminars try and cover both the essentials of psychiatry and recent advances. Several topics are discussed in the form of debates, joint presentations or panel discussions to make them more interesting and interactive.

Assessment of students is done based on the regularity of attendance, level of participation as well as the quality of presentation. Internal assessment test (both theory and practical) is being conducted every 6months and their performances are being entered in their log book.

Basic science (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology) teaching is being taught by the senior faculty of the respective departments. Workshops on research methodology and statistics are conducted in association with dept. of community medicine to train them in thesis work.

Training in Clinical Psychology is given by the dept. of clinical psychology. All sorts of psychological testing and therapies are taught by well experienced faculties.

Clinical activities

The Department of Psychiatry offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical services.

Outpatient and Inpatient services have improved facilities in patient’s Care. 24hours availability of the services provides extended care and admissions at any time.

The clinical services offered by the department are, management of all psychiatric disorders using both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions and has consultation- liaison services with other departments of the hospital

Special clinics

Department has three special clinics

  1. De-addiction clinic
  2. Child guidance clinic
  3. Suicide prevention clinic

Patients attending special clinics will be assessed in detail and a separate file is maintained to ensure regular monitoring.

Suicide Prevention clinic runs daily as it is an emergency in psychiatry while De-addiction clinics and child guidance clinics functions on Wednesday & Saturday respectively.

Special procedures

Modified Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT) facility is available and being administered in a very safe method with assistance from the dept. of anesthesia

Non pharmacological method of interventions

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • IQ assessment
  • Marital therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Crisis management
  • Diagnostic psychometrics
  • Abreaction
  • Sex therapy
Camps

Periodic mental health camps are conducted at regular intervals at rural areas and schools for screening psychiatric morbidity and to spread awareness about mental illness.

To mark the important days like World mental health day (Oct 10), Suicide prevention day (Sept 10), Alzheimer’s day (Sept 21) various activities like poster competition, quiz programme, debates, camps are being conducted to create awareness about the mental health.

A talk on Mental Health awareness was broadcasted in ALL INDIA RADIO, Puducherry by Dr Venkat Rangan, Senior Resident in 2009

The faculties of the department are specialized in specific areas of research and there are several ongoing research projects in the department.

Ongoing projects

Evaluation of psychosocial factors of Adolescent patients with attempted suicide

Physical co-morbidities among alcohol dependent patients

Risk factors and types of delirium in patients admitted in ICU

Paper presentations
  1. ”Marital interaction of male neurotics’’ South zone conference – IPSOCON’84, Coimbatore by Professor Kumar
  2. ’’Turner's syndrome’’, Tamilnadu state conference – TANPSYCON’05 by Professor Kumar
  3. ‘’Clinical Profile of Patients with Somatoform Disorder in a Tertiary Care Hospital’’ at National Conference -- ANCIPS-2009 by Dr Arun, Asst Prof
Research publications

Case Report on ‘Post ECT Delirium in an Elderly Patient’ by Dr. S Arun, Asst Professor has been accepted for publication in Psychogeriatric Journal and “in press”

Case Report on ‘Desvenlafaxine induced Hypertension’ by Dr. S Arun, Asst Professor has been accepted for publication in Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and “in press”