The Department of Psychiatry was started as a subspecialty way back in 1970 by Dr. R.L. Narang. It functioned out of a one room OPD in the old DMCH campus and there was no Indoor section. Patients used to be admitted in the Medical ward. Six months later a common House Surgeon was appointed for Psychiatry and Dermatology. In 1972, the Indoor was formally started by allotting 3 beds in the Medical ward for Psychiatric patients. This number grew to 10 in 1976 when a separate Psychiatry ward was started. The bed strength was increased to 20 in 1978 and subsequently to 30 in 1984.
Dr. Narang served the institute till 2000. Dr. Ranjive Mahajan joined the department in 1991 and has further contributed to elevate the status of the department to a centre of Academic and Clinical Excellence. The other faculty members Dr. Navkiran S. Mahajan who joined in 2002 & Dr. Rupesh Chaudhry who joined in 2007 are both alumni of the department. The services of a Clinical Psychologist (B.P. Mishra) and a Psychiatric Social Worker (Sukhmani Grewal) are also available full time.
The UG teaching programme is run in accordance with prescribed MCI guidelines. The department runs a robust P.G teaching programme. The PG teaching (M.D.) was started in 1985 with an intake of one student and subsequently increased to two. Since all infrastructure and faculty requirements were adequately met, the intake of PG students was increased to 3 in 2011. The department continues to participate in multiple international research projects. Our PG students have won awards at many PG development programmes
Clinical Psychiatry Section
The department has evolved to its present day state of the art indoor facility where comprehensive treatment with Psychopharmacological agents as well as an array of psychosocial treatment modalities are easily accessible. Only modified ECT is being administered since the past 15 yrs. Well equipped and spacious OPD block ensures comfortable and comprehensive psychiatric work up under the supervision of a team comprising Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and Psychiatric Social Worker.
General Adult Psychiatry Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Delirium & Organic Mental Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Mood Disorders, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychosomatic Disorders.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Mental Retardation, Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Geriatric Psychiatry Dementias, Behavioral Disorders of old age, Depression in old age, Issues related to elder abuse.
Alcohol and Drug De-addiction Motivation Enhancement Therapy, Alcohol Detoxification, Relapse Prevention, De-addiction of opium & its derivatives, Smack, Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis, Organic Solvents, Recreation/Party Drugs, smoking and Tobacco.De-addiction of prescription Drugs e.g. Alprazolam, Nitrazepam, Diazepam, Fortwin.
Sexual Disorders Pharmacological Treatment, Couple Sex Therapy, Gender Identity Disorders.
Psychotherapy CBT, Grief Therapy, Marital Therapy, Family Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Crisis Intervention.
Various special clinics being run by the department are:-
1. Sexual Disorders Clinic
2. Alcohol & Drug De-addiction Clinic
3. Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic
Clinical Psychology Section
The department has a fully equipped Clinical Psychology Section run under the stewardship of Dr. B.P. Mishra (Ph.D). Psychometry and Psychological treatments. All PG Students receive training in clinical Psychology as part of M.D. requirements. A wide range of Psychological tests and Psychometric techniques are available.
Alcohol and Drug De-addiction unit with multi modality treatment options.