::Departments : Broad Speciality : PSYCHIATRY

The Department of Psychiatry affiliated to Chengalpattu Medical College is one of the dynamic departments in the clinical side of the hospital. Mental health can affect daily life, relationships, and even physical health. Mental health also includes a person's ability to enjoy life - to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. So the motive of our department is to cater the mental health needs of the population, remove the stigma with respect to Mental Health and to promote mental health as a whole both in the individual and community level. It was budded in the year of 1998 with one Assistant and Senior Resident. Now we have
Teaching Faculty:
Sl.No. Post Name of the Faculty
1 Professor DR.P.P.KANNAN
2 Asso. Prof. DR.S.SUDHAKAR
5 Asst.Prof. DR.AHALYA
6 Senior Resident DR.S.ARAVINDAN
Non Teaching Faculty:
Psychiatric social worker, Record clerk, Staff nurse, Worker
Outpatient facilities: OP No - 34
  • We have outpatient services with specialty clinics on each day except sunday
  • Average OP census 170/day.
  • Outpatient timings – 8 am to 12 pm
  • Specialty clinics list:
Name of the Clinic Days on which held Timings Average No. of cases attended
Clinic for Senile disorder Monday 10am-12pm 50
Psycho Motor clinic Tuesday 10am-12pm 50
Neuro Psychiatry clinic for elderly Tuesday 10am-12pm 50
Suicide Prevention clinic Wednesday 10am-12pm 50
Child guidance clinic Thursday 10am-12pm 50
Memory clinic Friday 10am-12pm 50
Deaddiction Saturday 10am-12pm 50
Family Counselling Saturday 10am-12pm 25
Community psychiatry (Help Line) 104,
(044- 27472113, 27472046)
Inpatient facilities:
  • We have also got one unit of 30 bedded Inpatient ward.
  • Distribution of beds include:
Male IP Ward – 10
Female IP ward -8
De-addiction ward – 8
High Dependency Unit – 4
  • Average admission – 200/month.
  • We maintain an average bed occupancy rate of 90%
Other Services:
(a)  Elector Convulsive Therapy                                                                                        
(b)  Special clinic                      
(c)   Psychological & IQ Testing                                                                          
(d)  Bio feedback                                                                                                     
(f) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
(g) Marital counselling
(h) Medico-Legal Services
(i) Facility for care and stay of Acute cases (Emergency case)
(j) Chronic Psychiatry care facility                     
Equipment name Quantity
ECT Machine 2
Routine Blood Investigations
& Biochemistry at the institution
Serum Lithium 1
EEG in the institution 1
EEG in the department 1
Anaesthesia equipment for Modified ECT 1
Psychometry test material  
     1.Projective tests 3
2.Intelligence tests 3
3.Neuropsychological tests 3
4.Personality tests 3
Biofeedback equipment 4
Audio-Visual Equipment 1
Courses handled:
PG Courses

M.D (Psychiatry Medicine) 
Para Medical Courses
Diploma in Nursing 
BSc nursing
No of Seats
M.D (Psychiatry Medicine) -3 students per year
Should have acquired MBBS Degree from a recognized University in INDIA
Course Duration
M.D (Psychiatry Medicine) - 3 years 
Selection Procedure
Through NEET
Affiliated University
The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai.
Departmental academics includes:
Theory class – Monday
Grand ward rounds/ Group discussion – Tuesday
Symposium – Wednesday
Journal club – Thursday
Clinical case meeting – Friday
Guest lectures are held once a month by eminent psychiatrists.
  • We have also got a Departmental library which has latest edition books and journals like AJP,BJP, IJP,IJPM for the references of the students.
  • Department has Research laboratory and research meetings are held once in fifteen days.
Publications from the department during last 3 years:
  1. Clinical and Social determinants of Duration of Untreated Psychoses- International Journal of Scientific study | January 2017| Vol 4 | Issue 10. Authors : S.Sudhakar, P.Poornachandrika, Heber Anandan.
  1. Factors influencing Duration of Untreated Psychosis – International Journal of Scientific study | March 2017 | vol -4| Issue 12. Authors : S.Sudhakar, P.Poornachandrika, Heber Anandan.
  1. A Cross – sectional study of suicide attempters presenting in Tertiary care hospital. International Journal of Scientific Study | March 2017 | Vol-4 | Issue-12. Authors : G.Amutha, S.Sudhakar, Heber Anandan.
  1. A Descriptive study on the phenomenology of Catatonia in a Tertiary Care Hospital. International Journal of Scientific Study| April 2019 | Vol – 7 | Issue 1. Authors : A.Humayoon , S.Sudhakar, P.Poornachandrika
  1. A Comparative Study of Attempted Suicide in Adolescent, Adult, and Elderly Population. International Journal of Scientific Study | April 2019| Vol – 7| Issue 1. Authors : M Nithya, R Jayaseelan, P Poornachandrika
  1. The Impact of Social Media on Mood, Sleep pattern,Attention and Working Memory in First Year MBBS students. Published in ICMR in February 2019.
  1. A Descriptive study on severity of Anxiety disorders in patients with Essential Tremors. International Journal of Medical Science and Innovative Research| April 2019 – Approved for publication April 2019.
Research Projects from the department :
S.NO                                      TITLE  STATUS
1 Spontaneous abnormal involuntary movements in drug naive schizophrenia Completed
2 Relationship between psychosocial stressors and intent and lethality of suicidal behaviour Completed
3 A cross sectional study of suicide attempters presenting in tertiary care centre Completed
4 A study on sociodemographic and clinical profile of delirium in  a tertiary care centre Completed
5 A comparative study of attempted suicide in adolescent, adult and elderly population Completed
6 A descriptive study on the phenomenology of catatonia in a tertiary care hospital Completed
7 A descriptive study on severity of anxiety disorder in patients with essential tremors Completed
8 Clinical and social determinants of duration of untreated psychosis Completed
9 Factors influencing duration of untreated psychosis Completed
10 The impact of social media on mood ,sleep pattern, attention and working memory in first year MBBS students Completed
11 Clinical profile of delirium in tertiary care centre Completed
12 A cross sectional study on PMS, PMDD and impulsivity in suicide women in a tertiary care centre Completed
13 A cross sectional study on determinants and outcome of attempted hanging in a tertiary care hospital Completed
14 A cross sectional study on substance use among adolescents Completed
15  A descriptive study on the labour ward psychiatric call over in tertiary care hospital Completed
16 International research programme on psychosis in diverse settings [INTREPID II] Ongoing
17 A cross sectional study on socio demographic data , determinants and outcome of attempted cut throat injury in tertiary care hospital Ongoing
  • Every year UG-CME and State Level Quiz Program is held for the Undergraduate MBBS Students. Around 40 colleges all over India participates each year
  • Every year in the month of October our department celebrates World Mental Health Day. MBBS,School of Nursing, DGNM Students participates in various competition like Short story writing, Poetry Writing, Painting, Essay writing, Mime show competition on the Theme of World Mental Health Day of that year. Last year competitions were held in the Theme of “Young People and Mental Health in a changing World “.
  • We have started CHEMCO Suicide Prevention Help line which is a 24*7 help line program. The helpline number is being displayed in the college and hospital premises and in our department. The helpline mobile is being given to Post Graduates in turns and confidentiality is being maintained.
  • This year we conducted PG-CME with “Community Psychiatry” as the theme and eminent speakers from this field and from District Mental Health Program addressed the gathering.


















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