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The Department of Psychiatry, MGMCRI, is functioning since August 2001. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the scope & quality of clinical & academic services provided by the department, commensurate with an increase in the number of faculty members, entry of postgraduate residents & growth in physical infrastructure. The Department of Psychiatry is a large, integrated complex with adjoining outpatient and in-patient facilities, located in the ground floor of Block-H of the main hospital building.

Objectives of the department

  • To provide ethical & evidence-based mental health care with compassion & dedication.
  • To help undergraduate medical students acquire basic knowledge & skills pertaining to diagnosis & treatment of common mental disorders, handling of psychiatric emergencies & referral to a specialist.
  • To direct postgraduate students towards the acquisition of in-depth knowledge, skills & attitudes required for the competent & ethical practice of evidence-based psychiatry in a variety of service settings.
  • To train postgraduate residents in educational technology & research methodology.
  • To help students acquire an optimal attitude towards mental health & mental illness.
  • To promote faculty activities relevant to continuing professional development.
  • To enhance the mental health literacy of the community
  • To foster mental health advocacy.
  • To promote research activities.

 


The outpatient unit of the Department of Psychiatry consists of 14 rooms (including 12 consulting rooms, a well-equipped clinical demonstration room / seminar hall &a conference room. The in-patient unit consists of a 30-bedded ward (16 male beds, 12 female beds, 2 seclusion rooms), a fully-equipped electroconvulsive therapy room, 2 recreation rooms, a store room and a side laboratory.

The department has a comprehensive library, with a repository of 113 books, 14 recent issues of the Psychiatric Clinics of North America. The department has access to 3 Indian journals (Indian Journal of Psychiatry, Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Neurology India) & 2 foreign journals (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry) (updated 28-06-2014). In addition, the faculty & postgraduate residents have online access to a large number of neuropsychiatry journals through an institutional Proquest subscription.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

Intelligence tests

  • Bhatia’s battery of performance tests of intelligence - 2 sets with manual            
  • Binet-Kamat scale of intelligence - 2 sets with manual
  • Raven’s progressive matrices - Standard (Adult)
  • Seguin form board - 1 set
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Adults (Indian adaptation, Ramalingaswamy)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - 4th edition (India)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Indian adaptation, Malin)

Neuropsychological tests

  • Luria-Nebraska neuropsychological test - 1 set
  • P.G.I Memory Scale (PGIMS)
  • P.G.I. Battery of Brain Dysfunction (PGI-BBD)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale - 3rd edition (India)
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test - 64 Card Version(WCST-64)

Personality tests

  • 16 P.F. Questionnaire - Indian Adaptation - English Version
  • Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Personality Series (MAP form Adult)

Projective tests

  • Children’s apperception test (CAT) - Animal figures - 2 sets with manual               
  • Children’s apperception test (CAT) - Human figures - 1 set with manual
  • Rorschach ink-blot test - 2 set of cards & 1 manual with scoring sheets
  • Sacks' Sentence Completion Test
  • Thematic apperception test (TAT) - 2 sets of cards

EQUIPMENT

Biofeedback machines

  • Pulse biofeedback machine - Medicaid PBF-3000
  • EMG biofeedback machine - Medicaid MBF-4000

Other equipment

  • Brief pulse electroconvulsive therapy machine with EEG monitoring - Niviqure VR
  • Brief pulse electroconvulsive therapy machine - Medicaid BPE-791
  • Breath Analyzer Model No. PL 99 (Prakun Equipments Pvt Ltd)

 


CLINICAL SERVICES

The Department of Psychiatry strives to ensure that the psychiatric assessment is a comfortable experience for the patient. The faculty members help the resident doctors acquire and practice good communication skills, to facilitate the development of a therapeutic alliance. Delivery of quality mental health care is a top priority, in the Department of Psychiatry. The department offers daily outpatient services. The Department of Psychiatry is equipped with a comprehensive set of core psychometric tools, essential questionnaires & rating scales. Pharmacological treatment &psychotherapy are provided for a variety of common mental disorders, including mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, etc. Electroconvulsive therapy is administered, when indicated, in accordance with standard practice guidelines. De-addiction therapy, emergency services and consultation-liaison psychiatric services are available too, in addition to paediatric and geriatric mental health services. The department also provides student counselling services, in collaboration with the student welfare system.

 

The Department of Psychiatry participates in outreach services such as health camps & mental health screening programs regularly. A mental health awareness talk is a standard component of these outreach programs. The department has initiated collaboration with the urban & rural primary health centres attached to the institution, & with other NGOs. The Department of Psychiatry participates regularly in mental health awareness campaigns and advocacy programs, such as World Mental Health Day. The Department of Psychiatry places strong emphasis on enhancing mental health literacy& reducing stigma. In this context, the department has recently published a mental health awareness booklet in Tamil for the benefit of patients, their family members & the lay public. Mental health awareness posters & leaflets have also been prepared in Tamil, to facilitate wide dissemination of basic knowledge about mental health & mental illness.

 

The department also maintains a clinical liaison with the Centre for Music Therapy & Research, SBVU & the Centre for Yoga Therapy & Research, SBVU. The department provides mental health screening services in the Master Health Check-up Unit using a structured questionnaire.

OTHER INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES

The Department of Psychiatry launched a quarterly bulletin titled “Mind & Medicine� on 14-08-2013. This bulletin focuses on issues related to Psychosomatic Medicine & Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

 

On 08-10-2013, an intercollegiate Chancellor’s Medal elocution contest was organized by the Department of Psychiatry. The undergraduate and post graduate students of all the three colleges, namely MGMCRI, IGIDS and KGNC participated in this event. The students presented their views on the topic ‘Alcohol, Youth and Society’.

 

Talks & interviews with regard to various mental health topics featuring faculty of our department have been broadcast by All India Radio, Puducherry on 08-10-2013(Dr. Abu Backer), 25-04-2014 (Dr. Abu Backer) & 13-06-2014 (Dr. Sivaprakash).

 


  • In commemoration of World Mental Health Day 2006, the Department of Psychiatry organized a special guest lecture by Dr. Thirunavukarasu M, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, (currently the President of the Indian Psychiatric Society), on 10-10-2006. This lecture was titled “Mind, Mental Health and Suicideâ€?.
  • In commemoration of World Mental Health Day 2007, the Department of Psychiatry organized a special guest lecture by Dr. Jayanthini V, Additional Professor of Psychiatry, Madras Medical College, and Head, Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Child Health, Chennai, Tamilnadu, on 10-10-2007. This lecture was titled “Culture and mental healthâ€?.
  • In commemoration of World Mental Health Day 2008,the Department of Psychiatry organized a special guestlecture by Dr. Kuruvilla K, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, on 10-10-2008. This lecture was titled “Mental health: Cinderella in search of a fairy godmotherâ€?.
  • In commemoration of World Mental Health Day 2013, the Department of Psychiatry organized a special guest lecture by Dr. R. Raguram, Head & Professor of Department of Psychiatry, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, on 10-10-2013. This lecture was titled “Speaking of sadness - Perspectives on depression in the elderlyâ€?.

 


Faculty projects 

Ongoing projects

Title: A study of the impact of psychological factors on plasma biomarkers in functional bowel disorders (Approved by Instititutional Ethics Committee in April 2014)

Investigator

  • Dr. K. Henri Balraj, Professor, Department of Physiology, MGMCRI

Co-Investigators

  • Dr. Sukanto Sarkar, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, MGMCRI
  • Dr. Sivaprakash B, Professor of Psychiatry, MGMCRI
  • Dr. N. Ananthakrishnan, Professor of Surgery, MGMCRI; Dean of Research & PG Studies, SBVU
  • Dr. Balanehru Subramanium, Deputy Director, Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility, SBVU
  • Dr. Robbin Bose, Postgraduate Resident, Department of Psychiatry, MGMCRI

Departments involved

  • Department of Physiology, MGMCRI
  • Department of Psychiatry, MGMCRI
  • Department of Surgery, MGMCRI
  • Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility, SBVU

Title: Prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in elderly subjects attending master health check-up unit in a tertiary care teaching hospital - a cross sectional study (Approved by Instititutional Ethics Committee in April 2014)

Investigator

  • Dr. R. Velvizhy, Postgraduate Resident, Department of Pharmacology, MGMCRI

Co-Investigators

  • Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, MGMCRI
  • Dr. Sukanto Sarkar, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, MGMCRI
  • Dr. Eswaran S, Professor of Psychiatry, MGMCRI

Departments involved

  • Master health check-up unit, MGMCRI
  • Department of Pharmacology, MGMCRI
  • Department of Psychiatry, MGMCRI

ICMR STS projects 

Completed projects

Title: A study of the effects of music on physiological measures in healthy subjects. 
ICMR reference ID: 2010-00103
Student: Ayeesha Sithika T
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B, Professor of Psychiatry
The final report of this STS project was submitted to ICMR on 08-09-2010.

Ongoing projects

Title: A study of knowledge and attitude about adolescent depression in higher secondary school students in Puducherry
ICMR reference ID: 2014-04666
Student: Murugavangini Egambaram
Guide: Dr. Eswaran S, Professor of Psychiatry

Title: A study of the attitude of health care professionals of a tertiary care hospital towards mental illness
ICMR reference ID: 2014-04406
Student: Haranchal Kaur
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B, Professor of Psychiatry

Postgraduate dissertations(updated June 2014)

Completed dissertations 

Title: A prospective study of physical symptoms in depressive disorders
Period: 2007-2010
PG student: Dr. John Dinesh A
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. S Gyaneshwar Sharma
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: Characteristics of suicide attempters attending a general hospital psychiatric unit
Period: 2008-2010
PG student: Dr. Vinayak V
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. S Gyaneshwar Sharma
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: Effect of antidepressants on serum sodium levels - A prospective study
Period: 2008-2011
PG student: Dr. Harsha M Shetty
Primary department: Pharmacology
Guide: Dr. Manimekalai K
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A study of the prevalence and implications of depression in adult asthmatic patients attending a tertiary care center
Period: 2009-2012
PG student: Dr. Samyuktha G
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. S Gyaneshwar Sharma
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry), Dr. Surendra Menon K (Pulmonary Medicine)

Title: Prevalence of postpartum depression among women attending a tertiary care hospital
Period: 2009-2012
PG student: Dr. Deepalakshmi R
Primary department: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Guide: Dr. Sabita P
Co-guide(s): Dr. S Gyaneshwar Sharma (Psychiatry)

Title: An audit of pathways to psychiatric care
Period: 2010-2013
PG student: Dr. Aninda Sidana
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sukanto Sarkar (Psychiatry)

Title: A study of stress & depression among college students of Pondicherry
Period: 2010-2013
PG student: Dr. Vaithiyanathan P
Primary department: Community Medicine
Guide: Dr. D R Bharati
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sharada M P (Community Medicine), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A study of the prevalence of ocular diseases among alcohol dependent subjects attending a tertiary care hospital
Period: 2010-2013
PG student: Dr. Divya M
Primary department: Ophthalmology
Guide: Dr. Selvasundari S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Ashok Kumar M (Ophthalmology), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A study of psychiatric morbidity among medical inpatients in a tertiary care centre
Period: 2011-2014
PG student: Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B
Co-guide(s): Dr. Mohamed Hanifah (General Medicine)

Title: A study of the pattern of utilization of consultation-liaison psychiatry services in a tertiary care centre
Period: 2011-2014
PG student: Dr. Jawahar Kennedy A
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Eswaran S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sukanto Sarkar (Psychiatry), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Ongoing dissertations

Title: A cross-sectional study of coping behaviour of spouses of individuals with alcohol dependence attending a tertiary care centre
Period: 2012-2015
PG student: Dr. Janet Konthoujam
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Eswaran S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sukanto Sarkar (Psychiatry), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A cross-sectional study of the prevalence and implications of depression and anxiety in patients with psoriasis attending a tertiary care centre
Period: 2012-2015
PG student: Dr. Lakshmy S
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B
Co-guide(s): Dr. Moutusi Audhya (Dermatology), Dr. Eswaran S (Psychiatry)

Title: An epidemiological study of prevalence of common mental disorders and associated risk factors among married women in rural Puducherry
Period: 2012-2015
PG student: Dr. Krithiga S
Primary department: Community Medicine
Guide: Dr. D R Bharati
Co-guide(s): Dr. Eswaran S (Psychiatry)

Title: A prospective study of the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection and psychiatric comorbidity in patients with functional dyspepsia and the outcome with appropriate intervention
Period: 2012-2015
PG student: Dr. Kirti Katherine Kabeer
Primary department: General Surgery
Guide: Dr. Ananthakrishanan N
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry), Dr. Dhananjay Kotasthane (Pathology), Dr. Chetan Anand (General Surgery)

Title: Psychological consequences of abortion: A prospective hospital-based study.
Period: 2013-2016
PG student: Dr. Banipreet Kaur
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Eswaran S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Seetesh Ghose (Obstetrics & Gynecology), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A cross-sectional study of mental health literacy of undergraduate college students
Period: 2013-2016
PG student: Dr. Robbin Bose
Primary department: Psychiatry
Guide: Dr. Sivaprakash B
Co-guide(s): Dr. Partha Nandi (Community Medicine), Dr. Sukanto Sarkar (Psychiatry)

Title: A cross-sectional study of the prevalence & determinants of depression among stroke patients
Period: 2013-2016
PG student: Dr. Jim Litton J
Primary department: General Medicine
Guide: Dr. Raghupathy S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Lokesh (General Medicine), Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry)

Title: A cross-sectional study of quality of life and the prevalence of depression and anxiety among patients with acne vulgaris attending a tertiary care centre
Period: 2013-2016
PG student: Dr. Behanan Santhosh
Primary department: Dermatology
Guide: Dr. Srikanth S
Co-guide(s): Dr. Sivaprakash B (Psychiatry), Dr. Kandaswamy (Dermatology)

 

 

 

The undergraduate Psychiatry program for MBBS students (5th/6th semester) is active since 2004. The postgraduate program was started in 2007. Currently, the postgraduate training program of the Department of Psychiatry supports an annual intake of 3 candidates. The courses offered include MD Psychiatry (2 seats) and Diploma in Psychological Medicine (1 seat).

The fundamental aim of teaching Psychiatry to the undergraduate medical student is to impart knowledge and skills that would enable the student to diagnose and treat common mental disorders, handle psychiatric emergencies, and make decisions regarding referral to a specialist. Training in Psychiatry will prepare the medical student to effectively deliver various mental health services, including prevention of mental illness, mental health promotion, and therapy, in the clinical, community and primary-care settings. A crucial goal of undergraduate training in Psychiatry is to help the medical student acquire an optimal attitude towards mental health, mental illness, and patients suffering from mental disorders.

Postgraduate training in Psychiatry is designed to enable the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the competent and ethical practice of evidence-based psychiatry in a variety of service settings. The training program includes exposure to basic and allied sciences, general psychiatry, various psychiatric sub-specialities, and neurology. The curriculum incorporates training in contemporary educational technology and research methodology. The curriculum facilitates the attainment of a wide range of competences required for the practitioner to function effectively as medical expert, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar and professional. The candidate is required to complete two years of postgraduate training and pass the qualifying examination, to become eligible for the conferment of Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM).The candidate is required to complete three years of postgraduate training and pass the qualifying examination, to become eligible for the conferment of Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Psychiatry. The postgraduate training program is rigorous and intensive. The postgraduate residents receive hands-on training in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric patients under the close supervision of the departmental faculty members. Seminars, case conferences & written tests are conducted at regular intervals, and constitute an integral part of the formative assessment protocol of the department. Postgraduate dissertations receive special attention in the Department of Psychiatry. The faculty members strive to ensure that the dissertations submitted by the postgraduate students are of a premium quality. The Department of Psychiatry plays an active role in the psychiatric training of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students.

The clinical case discussion is one of the core components of the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs in the Department of Psychiatry. These discussions, held under the supervision of senior faculty members, facilitate the systematic acquisition and practical application of clinical knowledge. They are fine-tuned to cater to the advanced needs of the postgraduate residents, while simultaneously including components relevant to the requirements of the undergraduate interns. In addition, these deliberations go a long way towards implementing rigorous and evidence-based mental health care.

Download Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry - DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE (D.P.M.) - Syllabus and Curriculum (2013)
Download Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry - M.D. PSYCHIATRY - Syllabus and Curriculum (2013)