The Department of Psychiatry was established on 30 Apr 1996. Both the MD (Psychiatry) and DPM courses are recognised by the Medical Council of India.
The Department provides outpatient and inpatient services to patients with psychiatric ailments. It runs a government recognized Alcohol and Drug De-addiction Centre and provides facilities for detoxification of these patients. Rehabilitation is arranged through other NGOs. The department has facilities like 32-lead EEG laboratory, brief pulse ECT machine, yoga and relaxation services, biofeedback laboratory and biometric finger print analyzer for patient identification.
The Department of Psychiatry provides quality mental health care to the rural people of Wardha and adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. Weekly mental health clinics are held at Bhidi and Anji villages by taking mental health to the door steps of villagers. On the request of District Jail Authorities, mental health clinics are held prisons and psychiatric services are extended to the inmates and also provides expert opinion for assessment whenever asked upon by Wardha Judiciary. Many schools in the area benefit from mental health awareness campaigns carried out by the Department of Psychiatry. It provides clinical psychology services like IQ testing, disability assessment etc to students under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
The Psychiatry department is involved in teaching undergraduate and nursing students. Every year, two Postgraduates (1 MD and one DPM) are admitted to department. Residents and faculty regularly attend conferences, CMEs and workshops organized by the Indian Psychiatric Society. Apart from training our own postgraduate medical students in Psychiatry, we also conduct lectures and train postgraduates from the Departments of Medicine, Paediatrics and Community Medicine as well as students from nearby social-work colleges. Postgraduates from psychiatry are being sent to PGIMER, Chandigarh for Neurology training, NIMHANS, Bangalore for Child Psychiatry training, NIMH Hyderabad for developmental Neurology and Disability training for a duration of one month each. In addition, the department runs a degree and diploma course for Family and marital therapy affiliated to IGNOU regional center, Nagpur. So far 27 students are being admitted in this course for training, 13 of them from the July 2015 batch.
The departmental faculty participate in national and international conferences. The department is involved with couple of extra-mural projects minimally funded by Indian Psychiatric Society, ICMR short-term projects and few non-funded projects for this year. Collaborative research was carried out on subjects like OCD, Drug deaddiction prevalence, Language abnormalities, Laboratory investigation abnormalities, Neurocognitive tests and Endophenotypic markers in schizophrenia.