Department of Psychiatry
Government Medical College Surat

Psychiatry Department

Introduction

Introduction Department of Psychiatry was established in 1982 running PG courses of MD Psychiatry and DPM. Every year there are 3 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.

Dr. Dimple Dadarwala, 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, Drug Treatment Centre (DTC) for De-Addiction related services by NDDTC-AIIMS Project 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).

Goals/Objectives :

  • To Start M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology with Manpower scheme of NMHP in 11th 5-year plan
  • 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

Faculty Members

Sr. no.Name of the FacultyDegreeDesignation
1Dr. Ritambhara Y. MehtaM.D. (Psychiatry)Professor & Head
2Dr. Kamlesh R. DaveM.D. (Psychiatry)Associate Professor
3Dr. Pradhyuman J. ChaudharyM.D. (Psychiatry)Assistant Professor
4Dr. Dimple D. DadarwalaD.N.B. (Psychiatry)Assistant Professor
5Miss Ami PathakM.Phil (Clinical Psychology)Clinical Psychologist
no.Name of DoctorDesignation
1.Dr Neha ModiSenior Resident
2.Dr Shabina Sheth3rd Year Resident
3.Dr Rutvin Patel3rd Year Resident
4.Dr Pooja Shatadal2nd Year Resident
5.Dr Dhaval Patel2nd Year Resident
6.Dr Darshan Dharaiya1st Year Resident
7.Dr Sumit Shakya1st Year Resident
8.Dr Rushiraj Joshi1st Year Resident

DOST CENTER (NACO Project)

no.Staff NameDesignation
1.Dr Raag P PatelMedical Officer
2.Vijay G ParmarCounselor
3.Vaijanti M PatelStaff Nurse
4.Bhumisha M ChauhanData Manager

DTC CENTER (NDDTC-AIIMS Project)

1.Dr Kamlesh GevariyaMedical Officer
2.Dinesh ChaudhariCounselor
3.VacantStaff Nurse

UG/PG Courses Offered with their syllabus (With No. of UG/PG Degree/Diploma seats)

Sr.No.Degree/Diploma UG/PGSeats/year
1.M.D. (Psychiatry)PG3
2.D.P.M.PG1

M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology course will be started shortly.

Teaching Facilities

FacilityNumberSizeSitting Capacity
Seminar Rooms1800 Sq. Ft50
Demonstration Rooms1500 Sq. Ft20
Audiovisual aidsAdequate
OHP1
LCD Projector2
Computer with multimedia2
Digital Camera1
Laptop Computer2
Internet ConnectionThrough DMHP

Key Performance Indicators

  • For Clinical Department:

Number of OPD Patients per month/year –

Number of PatientJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
201428723203331230112922295834533392375333463440372239384
201537153584359834053373352438083481370138943346373243161
201637754212403536943765372137263949390337533671408346287
201738483790425937544733445042244505418540604313

Number of indoor patients per month/year –

Number of Indoor PatientJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
20141781561751531631461741321761651741691961
20151701552041301571781541681511621731961998
201691105118888210912389104701001191198
20178984117931031049612111895104

Average duration of hospital stay per patient – 2 weeks

Number of procedures(ECT) per month/year –

Number of ECTsJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2014694231663388536552695752677
2015564537514844255043716564599
2016408050609190967275375072813
201745748087986146591176873

Number of procedures(EEG) per month/year –

Number of ECTsJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2014535246433945535358303854564
2015514846405055523952573753580
2016514356473362575751353756585
201753283127252427321540

Number of IQ Assessment per month/year –

Number of IQ AssestmemtJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2016 1237273532143
201742371955525560734610

Number of Other Psychological Assessment per month/year –

Number of Other Psychological AssessmentJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2016 030305020619
201709110205010916121509

Ongoing Research Projects

No.Research projectDate & DurationResearch Officer
1.Distress & Suicide Prevention Help for Medical StudentsFrom 2012 till dateDr. Ritambhara Mehta
2.To Study the Profile Internet use and profile amongst Medical College Students.2014-15Dr.Ritambhara Mehta,Dr.Kamlesh Dave,Dr.Mehul Luhar,Dr.Ravi Shah
3.National Mental Health Survey (Gujarat)July 2015 to May 2016Dr. Ritambhara Mehta,Dr. Abhay Kavishwar,Dr. Gururaj G.,Dr. Mathew Varghese
4.Pregnancy registry – An Interdepartmental projectFrom Oct 2011 For 5 yearsDr. Ritambhara Mehta,Dr. Kamlesh Dave,Dr. Ragini Verma,Dr. Purvi Desai,Dr. Vijay Shah

Dissertations

Sr.NoDissertationsSubmission YearFaculty
1.A study of effect of flood on families in 2006-07December 2007 Dr. Falguni Patel ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
2.Impact of flood on child and adolescentsDecember 2007Dr. Devendra Chaudhari , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
3.Effect on E.C.T. on Memory.December 2009Dr. Anusha Prabhakaran , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
4.Effect of Atypical antipsychotic drug on metabolism in Indian populationDecember 2009Dr. Haresh Barvadia , Dr. Kamlesh Dave ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
5.Sexual Side effects of Typical v/s Atypical Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Indian Male PopulationDecember 2010Dr. Ramesh Zinzala , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
6.Effects of Psychotropic drugs on fetusDecember 2011Dr. Parul Vasava , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
7.A Study On Opioid Withdrawal and stabilization of Buprenorphine in patients attending OST at GMC, SuratDecember 2014Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
8.A study of Aggression in outdoor patients of Schizophrenia and in normal populationDecember 2014Dr. Radha Mehta , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Nilima Shah
9.Factors affecting psychiatric co-morbidity in MDR and XDR TB PatientsJanuary 2016Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Nilima Shah
10.Coping patterns, Perceived stress, anxiety and depression profile in adult patients of hemophiliaJanuary 2016Dr. 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 2017Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
12.To study disability profile in patients and burden in caregivers of stable schizophrenia patientDecember 2017Dr. 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 agoraphobiaOctober 2017Dr. Shabina Sheth ,Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
14.A objective study of physical activity, risk factor ,and diet role on senior citizen.October 2017Dr. Rutvin Patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
15.Study of Insight, competency to give consent for treatment and its correlation to voluntariness of admission in patients of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Mood disorder.October 2018Dr. Pooja Shatadal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta, Dr. Kamlesh Dave
16.Suicidal tendency among prisoners.October 2018Dr. Dhaval Patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
17.Co relational follow up study of coping, stress and burnt out among first year resident doctors.October 2019Dr. Darshan Dharaiya , Dr. Kamlesh Dave , Dr. Pradhyuman Chaudhary
18.Effect of peer support on caregiver burden and perceived social stigma for patients with schizophreniaOctober 2019Dr. Sumit Shakya, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Dimple Dadarwala

Papers and Posters presented in Conferences

Sr.NoPapers And Poster TopicSubmission YearFaculty
1.A Comparative Study of patients on long acting antipsychotic medication and patients on oral antipsychotic medication at a tertiary care centre.September 2014Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
2.A case report on Diphenoxylate dependence treated with oral buprenorphineJanuary 2015Dr. Saumitra Nemlekar , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
3.A case report on Marchiafava-Bignami disease treated with parenteral thiamineJanuary 2015Dr. 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 2015Dr. 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 2015Dr. Neha Modi , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
6.Coping patterns, perceived stress anxiety and depression profile in adult patients of hemophilia.January 2016Dr.Dhruv Bardolia , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
7.A case report on neurofibromatosis with MDD & psychotic features.January 2016Dr.Ravi Shah , Dr.Urvish Jaganiya , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
8.Internet profile amongst medical college surat.January 2016Dr.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 morbiditiesJanuary 2016Dr. 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 problemsJanuary 2016Dr. Nilanjan Chandra Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
11.Severe Tardive Dystonia after small dose exposure of Atypical antipsychotics for few monthsJanuary 2016Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
12.Cognition and OST drug adherence in patient with opioid dependentJanuary 2016Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
13.Aripiprazole induced severe extrapyramidal Parkinsonian symptoms on an obese schizophrenic patient: a case reportAugust 2016Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
14.Temporal Lobe Seizures As An Abrupt Clinging Behaviour In A Child- A Case ReportAugust 2016Dr. Shabina Sheth , Dr. Nilanjan Chandra , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
15.A Case Report Of Pica Presented As Distinct Entity- Paper Eating Disorder (XYLOPHAGIA) In Adolescent GirlOctober 2016Dr. 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 ReportOctober 2016Dr. Rutvin patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
17.A Case Series Of Trichotillomania With Three Different EntitiesJanuary 2017Dr. 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 suratJanuary 2017Dr. Prashant Agrawal , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
19.Self reported suicidality behaviour amongst college students in urban settingJanuary 2017Dr. Ashish Patel , Dr. Ritambhara Mehta , Dr. Kamlesh Dave
20.Humanizing Mental health Care: Experience of peer support in two different setting in Gujarat after Quality Rights Project.August 2017Dr. Shabina Sheth, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta, Dr. Ajay Chauhan
21.Dermatitis artefecta- A Case reportAugust 2017Dr. Dhaval Patel, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
22.Drawings in schizophrenia- A case reportSeptember 2017Dr. Pooja Shatadal, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
23.Megaloblastic Madness – A Case reportSeptember 2017Dr. Sumit Shakya, Dr. Dimple Dadarwala, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta
24.Effect of core traits, Emotional Quotient and resilience on stress and burnout in resident doctorsNovember 2017Dr. Pooja Shatadal, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta

Recent Publications from Department of Psychiatry

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Luhar Mehul, Patel Asha, Shah ND, Dave Kamlesh, Mehta Ritambhara. Usher’s syndrome and psychosis: A case report. Archives of Indian psychiatry, June 2013.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Singh Gaurav, Mehta Radha, Shah Nilima, Ritambhara. Handwriting changes as a psychiatry symptoms. IJMDS journal, Jan 2016.
  11. Shah ND, Mehta RY, Vankar GK. Nursing Teachers’ Attitude Towards Suicide Prevention- A Study From Gujarat NJIRM 2016; Vol. 7(1) Jan – Feb.
  12. 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.
  13. Shabina Sheth, Nilanjan Chandra, Ritambhara Mehta.Temporal Lobe Seizures Presenting as Abrupt Clinging Behavior in a Child Article in Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine 39(4):527 • July 2017
  14. Patel AH, Mehta RY, Chandra N, Chaudhary P, Shah RH. Self-reported suicidality behavior and attitude toward suicide among Medical and Paramedical Students. Ann of Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2017; 1:34-9.
  15. Rajat M. Oswal, Dinesh M. Rathor, Falguni M. Patel, Kamlesh R. Dave, Ritambhara Y. Mehta.Study of sexual practices and relationship patterns in men who have sex with men. men128Int J Res Med. 2017; 6(1); 128-132.
  16. Nilanjan C. Chandra, Shabina A. Sheth, Ritambhara Y. Mehta, Kamlesh Dave. Severe Tardive Dystonia on Low Dose Short Duration Exposure to Atypical Antipsychotics: Factors Explored. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine 2017 Jan – Feb; vol39.
  17. Dr.Nilanjan Chandra, Dr. Shabina Sheth, Dr. Ritambhara Mehta. Socio-Demographic, Psychosocial Factors in MDR And XDR-Tb With Psychiatric Co Morbidities And Their Relation with Drug Adherence. Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 16(01):05-08 • Feb 2017.
  18. Bindoo jadhav, Hemangi Dhavale, Shubhangi Dere, Dimple Dadrwala. Psychiatric morbidity, quality of life and care giver burden in patients undergoing haemodialysis. Medical Journal of DY patil university, Nov-Dec-2014, 7(6),722-728.
  19. Dr. Dimple Dadarwala, Dr. Bindoo Jadhav, Dr. Hemangi Dhavale. Acne more than skin deep-Psychiatric morbidity and self esteem in acne patients: Across sectional study from India. Europian Journal of Pharmaceutical and medical research, 2016, 3(12),532-538.
  20. Dr. Dimple Dadarwala, Dr. Bindoo Jadhav, Dr. Hemangi Dhavale. Study of social anxiety and its relationship to clinical variables in patients of acne vulgaris. International Journal Of Scientific Research. May 2017, 6(5),73-76.

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. 2015-2016 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 was analyzed by an apex institution NIMHANS at Bengaluru.Release of the Summary report on the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2016 at New Delhi By Smt. Anupriya Patel and Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Hon’ble Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

To view the Report Click here: External Link

  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 2016HOPE tree for QR Project
Mental Health Awreness programSkills training for MH patients
World AIDS day 2016 at Dost CenterDOST center meeting
Maitri on Christmas 2016 Maitri on Uttarayan 2016
PG exam Aug 2016SRC workshop 2016
UG Quiz Zonal level September 2016UG Quiz State level Oct 2016
Mental health awareness week April 2017Mental health awareness week April 2017
PG Induction programme May 2017PG Induction programme May 2017
GUTS - ‘Give Up Tobacco Sensibly’ May 2017GUTS - ‘Give Up Tobacco Sensibly’ May 2017
Gatekeeper training for suicide prevention July 2017Gatekeeper training for suicide prevention July 2017
Mental Heath Awareness Week Oct 2017Mental Heath Awareness Week Oct 2017

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