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:
Aster Psychiatry Helpline Call +91 8111 998238 for psychiatric emergencies/ queries related to mental health
DNB in Psychiatry (National Board of Examinations) | MD in Psychiatry (Armed Forces Medical College) | MBBS (Armed Forces Medical College)
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
MD in Psychiatry (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Pariyaram Medical College)
Trained in general, child & adolescent and geriatric psychiatry
Proficient in English, Malayalam & Hindi