Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences

The second leading cause of disability and premature mortality globally, mental illness, which is nothing but a problem in the functioning of the brain, is still perceived as a social stigma. An extremely unfortunate situation, this leads to prejudiced attitude and discriminatory behavior towards the person, which in turn leads to ostracization, rejection/ denial of opportunities, no or poor social support, diminished self-esteem, feeling ashamed of one self or self hatred, low or non-existent self-esteem and extremely poor quality of life.
As a ripple effect, this affects the treatment outcomes adversely, hindering effective recovery from the problem. In some cases, it is also correlated to increased social isolation, lower performance standards (at work/ studies) and the worst-case scenario – suicide.
Shockingly, incorrect beliefs and perceptions about a mentally ill person is held by people belonging to almost all sections of the society, irrespective they know or have someone in the family/friend circle with a mental problem.
The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences at Aster Medcity offers specialized, evidence-based preventive and therapeutic treatment for management of mental illnesses and behavioural problems in both adults and children. The team of doctors here comprises highly trained Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Special Educators and supporting staff who provide early and effective treatment for all psychiatric problems, without fear, discrimination or stigma. With a deep understanding of the brain - its functions, development, chemistry, regulation, dysfunctions, vulnerabilities and resilience; they provide holistic, guide-lined based treatment to patients, with a multidisciplinary approach.
In addition to providing expert treatment for management of mental illnesses, the department also offers speciality services including:

  • Anger and Depression Clinic on all Wednesdays
  • Aster Child Guide Guidance Clinic (In association with Aster Centre of Excellence in Child & Adolescent Health) on all Fridays
  • Aster Sports Performance Clinic (In association with the Aster Centre for Sports Medicine)

Aster Psychiatry Helpline Call +91 8111 998238 for psychiatric emergencies/ queries related to mental health

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Dr. T R John
Consultant
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A highly experienced Psychiatrist with more than 22 years of experience to his credit, Dr. T R John is an expert in management of mental disorders in adults and children. His areas of special interest include management of mood disorders, womens’ mental health, wellness psychiatry and psychiatric aspects of organ transplantation. Dr. John is an expert in directing stress reduction and suicide prevention programmes among those with high levels of stress.

Qualifications

DNB in Psychiatry (National Board of Examinations) | MD in Psychiatry (Armed Forces Medical College) | MBBS (Armed Forces Medical College)

Achievements

Worked in Various Hospitals of the Indian Armed Forces across India

Postgraduate teacher in Psychiatry (Armed Forces as well as Kerala)

Executive committee member of IMA Kochi and Ernakulam Psychiatric Society

Published several research articles

Proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi

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Dr. Namitha M Das
Specialist
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A Psychiatrist trained in management of mental disorders in patients of all ages; Dr. Namitha’s areas of special interest include suicide prevention, de-addiction and management of neurodevelopmental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities.

Qualifications

MD in Psychiatry (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Pariyaram Medical College)

Achievements

Trained in general, child & adolescent and geriatric psychiatry

Proficient in English, Malayalam & Hindi

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