Introduction Department of Psychiatry was established in 1982 running PG courses of MD Psychiatry and DPM. Every year there are 2 MD and 1 DPM candidates getting admitted to MCI recognized courses.
The faculty are-
Dr. Ritambhara Y. Mehta, Professor and Head of department, has developed the department gradually and persistently with her vision. She is a Ph.D. teacher for Psychiatry, guiding the Ph.D. students.
Dr. Kamlesh Dave, Associate Professor is a dynamic social psychiatrist, running helplines for board examinees students since many years.
Dr. Pradhyuman Chaudhary, Assistant Professor is a young academician who has improved clinical and academic environment of department further.
Apart from clinical outdoor and indoor psychiatric services it also provides De - addiction and Oral Substitution Therapy (DOST), aided by NACO and GSACS giving de-addiction services. It has special groups for care givers of mentally ill, mentally challenged, psychosexual disorders, alcohol use disorders and geriatric population. The department also undertakes DASH program from Distress and Suicide Prevention amongst PG students, DMHP at Dang Ahwa, fortnightly Psychiatry OPD services at CHC Jhankvav. A Drug Treatment Centre will be starting shortly.
It has recently acquired permission to conduct Clinical Psychology (M. Phil) courses, which will start once the GoG appoints the Clinical psychology staff. With the course Department proposed to start a Child Guidance Clinic (CGC).
- To Start M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology with Manpower scheme of NMHP in 11th 5-year plan
- To start Drug Treatment Centre (DTC) for De-Addiction related services
- To build infrastructure for Child Guidance Clinic and establish the CGC services
- To enhance other training courses in Para-psychiatric fields of Psychiatric Social Work and Psychiatric Nursing
|Sr. no.||Name of the Faculty||Degree||Designation|
|1||Dr. Ritambhara Y. Mehta||M.D. (Psychiatry)||Professor & Head|
|2||Dr. Kamlesh R. Dave||M.D. (Psychiatry)||Associate Professor|
|3||Dr. Pradhyuman J. Chaudhary||M.D. (Psychiatry)||Assistant Professor|
|4||Ami D. Pathak||M.Phil (Clinical Psychology)||Clinical Psychologist|
|no.||Name of Doctor||Designation|
|1.||Dr Nilanjan Chandra||Senior Resident|
|2.||Dr Neha Modi||3rd Year Resident|
|3.||Dr Prashant Agarwal||3rd Year Resident|
|4.||Dr Shabina Sheth||2nd Year Resident|
|5.||Dr Rutvin Patel||2rd Year Resident|
|6.||Dr Ashish Patel||2nd Year Resident|
|7.||Dr Pooja Shatadal||1st Year Resident|
|8.||Dr Dhaval Patel||1st Year Resident|
UG/PG Courses Offered with their syllabus (With No. of UG/PG Degree/Diploma seats)
M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology course will be started shortly.
|Seminar Rooms||1||800 Sq. Ft||50|
|Demonstration Rooms||1||500 Sq. Ft||20|
|Computer with multimedia||2|
|Internet Connection||Through DMHP|
Key Performance indicators
- For Clinical Department:
Number of OPD Patients per month/year –
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Number of indoor patients per month/year –
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Number of procedures(ECT) per month/year –
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Average duration of hospital stay per patient – 2 weeks
Ongoing Research Projects
|No.||Research project||Date & Duration||Research Officer|
|1.||Distress & Suicide Prevention Help for Medical Students||From 2012 till date||Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|2.||To Study the Profile Internet use and profile amongst Medical College Students.||2014-15||Dr. Ritambhara Mehta,Dr. Kamlesh Dave,Dr. Mehul Luhar,Dr. Ravi Shah|
|3.||National Mental Health Survey (Gujarat)||July 2015 to May 2016||Dr. Ritambhara Mehta,Dr. Abhay Kavishwar,Dr. Gururaj G.,Dr. Mathew Varghese|
|4.||Pregnancy registry – An Interdepartmental project||From Oct 2011 For 5 years||Dr. Ritambhara Mehta,Dr. Kamlesh Dave,Dr. Ragini Verma,Dr. Purvi Desai,Dr. Vijay Shah|
|1.||A study of effect of flood on families in 2006-07||December 2007||Dr. Falguni Patel ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|2.||Impact of flood on child and adolescents||December 2007||Dr. Devendra Chaudhari , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|3.||Effect on E.C.T. on Memory.||December 2009||Dr. Anusha Prabhakaran , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|4.||Effect of Atypical antipsychotic drug on metabolism in Indian population||December 2009||Dr. Haresh Barvadia , Dr. Kamlesh Dave ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|5.||Sexual Side effects of Typical v/s Atypical Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Indian Male Population||December 2010||Dr. Ramesh Zinzala , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|6.||Effects of Psychotropic drugs on fetus||December 2011||Dr. Parul Vasava , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|7.||A Study On Opioid Withdrawal and stabilization of Buprenorphine in patients attending OST at GMC, Surat||December 2014||Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|8.||A study of Aggression in outdoor patients of Schizophrenia and in normal population||December 2014||Dr. Radha Mehta , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Nilima Shah|
|9.||Factors affecting psychiatric co-morbidity in MDR and XDR TB Patients||January 2016||Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Nilima Shah|
|10.||Coping patterns, Perceived stress, anxiety and depression profile in adult patients of hemophilia||January 2016||Dr. Dhruv Bardolia , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|11.||Comparative follow up study of alcohol dependent patientswith high and low motivation for relationship of craving in relapse at tertiary care hospital of surat.||December 2017||Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|12.||To study disability profile in patients and burden in caregivers of stable schizophrenia patient||December 2017||Dr. Neha Modi , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|13.||Comparing effectiveness of only CBT, only medication and combination of both in patient of panic disorder with or without agoraphobia||Dr. Shabina Sheth ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|14.||A objective study of physical activity, risk factor ,and diet role on senior citizen.||Dr. Rutvin Patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
Papers and Posters presented in Conferences
|Sr.No||Papers And Poster Topic||Submission Year||Faculty|
|1.||A Comparative Study of patients on long acting antipsychotic medication and patients on oral antipsychotic medication at a tertiary care centre.||September 2014||Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|2.||A case report on Diphenoxylate dependence treated with oral buprenorphine||January 2015||Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|3.||A case report on Marchiafava-Bignami disease treated with parenteral thiamine||January 2015||Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|4.||To study correlation of Insight and Voluntariness of Indoor patients in Hospital for Mental Health and a General Hospital Psychiatry Unit.||August 2015||Dr. Urvish Jaganiya , Dr. Dhruv Bardolia , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|5.||Does exposure to Dramatic depiction impact Retention of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices among Undergraduate Medical Students?||August 2015||Dr. Neha Modi , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|6.||Coping patterns, perceived stress anxiety and depression profile in adult patients of hemophilia.||January 2016||Dr.Dhruv Bardolia , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|7.||A case report on neurofibromatosis with MDD & psychotic features.||January 2016||Dr.Ravi Shah , Dr.Urvish Jaganiya , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|8.||Internet profile amongst medical college surat.||January 2016||Dr.Ravi Shah , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr.Mehul Luhar , Dr Saumitra Nemlekar|
|9.||Socio demographic and psychosocial factors in patients of MDR and XDR TB with psychiatric co morbidities||January 2016||Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|10.||Knowledge Attitude Practice about effects of alcohol on sexual functioning in patients of alcohol use and sexual problems||January 2016||Dr. Nilanjan Chandra Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|11.||Severe Tardive Dystonia after small dose exposure of Atypical antipsychotics for few months||January 2016||Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|12.||Cognition and OST drug adherence in patient with opioid dependent||January 2016||Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|13.||Aripiprazole induced severe extrapyramidal Parkinsonian symptoms on an obese schizophrenic patient: a case report||August 2016||Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|14.||Temporal Lobe Seizures As An Abrupt Clinging Behaviour In A Child- A Case Report||August 2016||Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta|
|15.||A Case Report Of Pica Presented As Distinct Entity- Paper Eating Disorder (XYLOPHAGIA) In Adolescent Girl||October 2016||Dr. Neha Modi , Dr. Pradhyuman Chaudhry , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|16.||Inhalation Of Petrol In A 5 Year Old Boy With A Conduct Disorder : A Rare Case Report||October 2016||Dr. Rutvin patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|17.||A Case Series Of Trichotillomania With Three Different Entities||January 2017||Dr. Neha Modi , Dr. Pradhyuman Chaudhry , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|18.||Comparative follow up study of alcohol dependent patients with high and low motivation for relationship of craving in relapse at tertiary care hospital of surat||January 2017||Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
|19.||Self reported suicidality behaviour amongst college students in urban setting||January 2017||Dr. Ashish Patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave|
Recent Publications from Department of Psychiatry
- Sridharan S., Shukla D, Mehta R., Oswal R. Munchausen Syndrome masquerading as bleeding disorders in a group of pediatric patients. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine 2011; vol. 33, Issue 1, Jan – June 2011:86-88.
- Prakash S, Mathew C, Bhagat S, Dholakia SY, Shah ND. A case of mixed type of paroxysmal dyskinesia: is there an overlap between two clinical categories of paroxysmal dyskinesia? Neurological Sciences. 2011 Feb; 32(1):143-5.
- Desai Nimisha, Mehta Ritambhara, Ganjiwale Jayashree. Study of prevalence and Risk factors of Post-Partum Depression. National Journal of Medical Research, 2012, volume 2, Issue 2, Apr. – June 2012:194-198.
- Luhar Mehul, Patel Asha, Shah ND, Dave Kamlesh, Mehta Ritambhara. Usher’s syndrome and psychosis: A case report. Archives of Indian psychiatry, June 2013.
- Nimesh C. Parikh, Prateek S. Sharma, Pradhyuman J. Chaudhary, Hitendra A. Gandhi, and Girish H. Banwari. Study of attitude of interns toward psychiatry: A survey of a tertiary level hospital in Ahmedabad Industrial Psychiatry Journal. 2014 Jul-Dec; 23(2): 143–148.
- Chaudhary P, Banwari G, Parikh N, Gandhi H. Severe headache as a presenting complaint in sigmoid sinus thrombosis complicated by functional overlay. Industrial Psychiatry Journal. 2015 Jan-Jun; 24(1):79-81.
- Mehta Radha, Gandhi Vishal, Shah Nilima, Mehta Ritambhara, Singh Gaurav. Case report of narcolepsy presenting as self inflicted genital injury. ISSN, 2165-7920, an open access journal.
- Singh Gaurav, Mehta Radha, Luhar Mehul, Mehta Ritambhara, Dave Kamlesh. Dropout of patients from a psychiatric clinic attending government medical college in Surat, Gujarat, India: a retrospective study. International journal of scientific study, March, 2015, vol 2, issue 12.
- Mehta Radha, Mehta Ritambhara, Shah Nilima. A case report study of aggressive behavior in stable patient of schizophrenia who have improved on treatment and in normal and its effect on quality of life at government medical college Surat. IJMSCI journal, volume 3 issue 2,feb 2016.
- Singh Gaurav, Mehta Radha, Shah Nilima, Ritambhara. Handwriting changes as a psychiatry symptoms. IJMDS journal, Jan 2016.
- Shah ND, Mehta RY, Vankar GK. Nursing Teachers’ Attitude Towards Suicide Prevention- A Study From Gujarat NJIRM 2016; Vol. 7(1) Jan – Feb.
- Nemlekar Saumitra, Mehta Ritambhara, Dave Kamlesh, Shah Nilima. A case report on Marchiafava-Bignami disease treated with parenteral thiamine. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, March-April 2016, vol 38, issue 2.
Programs Conducted at Department of Psychiatry
1. Fortnightly Psychiatry OPD services at CHC Jhankhvav
It is a tripartite model of collaboration enterprising government infrastructure, private psychiatrist and residents from the Department, attending to around 250-300 patients. Medications are provided free and Patients requiring further management are referred to New Civil Hospital, Surat.
2. DASH Project
a) PG Induction Workshop on Doctor Patient Relationship for first year PG residents in 2 batches of 50.
b) UG Psychiatry Quiz for Intracollege level and South Zonal State Intercollege level
3. Quality Rights for Mentally Ill, A GoG project funded by CAMH, Canada
A three year project sponsored by CAMH, Canada, operationalized by Government of Gujarat, the objectives are to assess the quality of the services provided by the mental health facility at Baseline, have an improvement plan to improve the quality of the services provided by facility. The improvement will be carried out through training of all level staff in various aspects of Human Rights, Communication Skills, Recovery Planning, Restraint Policy, etc and other aspects like improving the Infrastructure, Basic services, etc.
4. National Mental Health Survey (Gujarat)
Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders impose a significant burden on individuals, families and the society. The number of people affected with MNS disorders is not clearly known in India. We are using estimates that are based on studies done during the 1980s and 90s and even earlier. This lack of data has not helped develop need based programmes and prevented measuring the impact of interventions. In this context, the present survey is being undertaken across 12 states that would represent India and involves interviewing adolescents, adults and elderly (11-18 and those >18 years). From these interviews we will be able to estimate the burden of MNS disorders. The survey is done to document prevalence and pattern of mental health disorders in sampled population of South Gujarat. House to house survey in 60 different clusters of Surat, Navasari and Narmada districts covering 3000 adults and 300 adolescents using structured questionnaire. Data would be analysed by an apex institution NIMHANS at Bengaluru.
5. Days Celebrated
a) World Schizophrenia Day – It comes on 24th May. This year Patients and Care givers meeting was held. They were shown a documentary, psycho-education regarding the course of illness and improving adherence is given.
b) World Alzheimer’s Day – Every year on 21st of September. A screening camp was held in OPD, in which baseline assessment was carried out along with requisite investigations. This was followed by a seminar for education about the early signs and pointers to the illness, methods to improve cognitive skills and skills for care giving were discussed.
c) Mental Health Week (4th to 10th October)- Every Year during the first full week of October, Mental Health week is observed in the Department of Psychiatry. Different awareness raising activities are done every year in mental health week. This Year following activities were done:
a. A series of short talks by service users about their journey through the illness and their subjective experiences of the illness was organised. The service users were the key speakers and the staff, care giver and other general population were the audience.
b. The HOPE tree was painted on one of the wall of OPD-13, Service users who visit the OPD were given a leaf shaped paper where they were asked to write down one hope/ dream that they have and paste it onto the wall. The tree would have additional branches where service users can write about something or someone that helped them recover.
c. Series of workshops, open to the users, care givers and general public was organised with the help of a charitable institute which does activities of skill training especially with marginalised people. Service users were trained in a set of skills so that they can make and sell those things that help them have confidence in themselves and help them in reintegration in society independently.
d) An epilepsy week to create awareness amongst the patients, Caregivers, & general population; and debunk the myths related to epilepsy by showing videos and interactive sessions by doctors was celebrated in OPD 13, NCH, Surat in January.
|World Mental Health Day 2016||HOPE tree for QR Project|
|Mental Health Awreness program||Skills training for MH patients|
|World AIDS day 2016 at Dost Center||DOST center meeting|
|Maitri on Christmas 2016||Maitri on Uttarayan 2016|
|PG exam Aug 2016||SRC workshop 2016|
|UG Quiz Zonal level September 2016||UG Quiz State level Oct 2016|