On the second day of the 13th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry,Dr Indira Sharma presented her talk on the management of psychiatric disorders in general practice. She said that patients with psychiatric disorders are first seen by general physicians. Thus,the role of general physicians is more important in treating patients with general psychiatric disorders.
Dr Ajit Avasthi from PGIMER,Chandigarh presented his talk on Expanding Frontiers of Psychiatry,and discussed the latest changes in the field of psychiatry related to challenges in societies with fast economic development.
Prof RS Murthy,pioneer in the field of community mental health programmes in India,shared his experience in the last 30 years. Community mental health programme was started in Raipur Rani Village near Chandigarh in the year 1975 under Dr N N Wig. The success of this programme resulted in beginning of the National Mental Health Plan in India in the year 1982.
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists from England,Dr Mrigendra Das,Dr Callum Ross and Dr Tobias Mackinnon held a workshop on forensic psychiatry. This workshop discussed the treatment of patients with mental disorders who present a risk of violence and presented the range of forensic mental health services in the UK and also discussed strategies in understanding and treating and managing risk of violence in this very difficult group of patients. This branch of psychiatry (managing mentally ill who commit acts of violence) is currently not developed in India,and there is a need for service development here.
Dr PC Shastri presented his talk on Child Mental Health – Reaching Out In Schools. He said that they should reach out to kids in school to understand their needs. Proper attention must be given by the parents as well as teachers to kids to note any abnormal changes in their habits and behavior. They should consult trained psychiatrists to treat the problem at an early stage.
Dr B S Chavan,Head,Department Of Psychiatry at the Government Medical College and Hospital,Chandigarh organized a workshop on de-addiction community outreach programmes. He said that the Department of Psychiatry in the Government Medical College & Hospital,Chandigarh,has been running community based de-addiction services since early 1997.
Dr.Rajeev Trehan,State Nodal officer,Mental Health and De-Addiction,Government of Haryana shared his clinical experience in the field of de-addiction programmes and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. He further intimated various programmes launched by the Haryana Govt to promote mental health care and to create awareness in the community. World Mental Health Day will be celebrated in Haryana districts with the theme,Depression – A Global Crisis.