About the Department

The Department of Psychiatry has faculty trained from various premier institutes of the country. The Department has adequate infrastructure for consultation and counselling for both outpatient and in-patient care of patients with mental illness. In- Patient facility includes general ward and acute care services with continuous monitoring. Apart from providing mental health care facilities, Department is working towards improvement in mental health awareness and educating public about mental illness. Manpower training in mental health has been given priority with inputs at undergraduate and postgraduate level and Department is working towards de-stigmatizing psychiatry and mental illness among health care providers.


Head of the Department

The department of psychiatry is currently headed by Prof Abhay Matkar, who did his M.D from AFMC Pune. Dr Matkar is a dedicated postgraduate teacher and has varied interests in research which include addiction medicine.


Patient Care

The Department of Psychiatry offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical services. The services provided broadly include assessment and management of severe mental illness (schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder), common mental illness (depression, neurotic and stress related), various addictions, consultation liaison psychiatry, epilepsy and related behavioural disorders, dementia and memory related disorders, child and adolescent services. The department provides Modified Electroconvulsive therapy, Electro-Encephalogram and Narcoanalysis services. The department is successfully conducting group therapy, 3 days in a week for all inpatients and outpatients with alcohol & other drug dependence syndrome. The department provides counselling and psychotherapy services on both inpatient and outpatients using various techniques like cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
Department runs suicide prevention clinic among which screening for all students in SDM institutions for suicidal behaviour on yearly basis. Public awareness programs in the form of monthly radio talks, articles in paper are other activities of the department. The department has launched the suicide prevention 24 hour helpline (9243260299), which is handled by psychiatry consultants. Counselling centre managed by the department provides services such as pre and post-surgery counselling, tobacco cessation services, premarital and sexual clinic, memory clinic, developmental disorder and stress management. Apart from counselling services, long term psychotherapy services for patients with mental illness are provided by both psychiatrists and psychologists.


Diagnostic Facilities

The department has an Electroencephalography, neuropsychological and psychodiagnositic facilities. Neuropsychological testing includes IQ assessments, cognitive assessment and neuropsychological tests, while psychodiagnostics include Rorschach Ink blot tests, Thematic Apperception Test and tests for personality assessments. The hospital provides serum lithium level assessment also.


Treatment Facilities

Treatment provided is pharmacological using medications, Electroconvulsive therapy and non-pharmacological methods including psychotherapy. The department runs the group counselling for patients with alcohol dependence syndrome for 4 days in a week for both in-patient and outpatients.


Psychological Interventions

Department of Psychiatry has clinical psychologists and psychiatric social worker who have been trained in clinical care and teaching. Counselling centre has been started in the Medicine OPD which runs daily from 9 am to 5 pm, with counselling services provided for tobacco cessation, stress management, marital and sexual dysfunction, pre and post-surgery counselling. Group therapy for alcohol dependence syndrome has been successfully conducted on 4 days in a week covering motivation enhancement to relapse prevention in alcohol and other drug dependence syndromes. Individual psychotherapy and family therapy for patients is being done including various schools of psychotherapy from psychoanalysis to Indian system of psychotherapy.


Teaching Program

The training programs for postgraduates in Psychiatry are carried out at the department level and also interdepartmental level. Training is also imparted to undergraduate and post-graduate trainees of other departments of the Institute. The departmental activities for postgraduate training include- Seminar and journal club as per the syllabus prescribed by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Bangalore. Along with these academic programs, more focus is given to bedside teaching and case discussions. There are teaching programs conducted by the faculty as a series of introduction to psychiatry – history taking and mental status examination, research methodology, statistics, basic sciences and psychology. The residents are required to keep a record of details of their training in the form of a logbook including departmental case presentations, seminars, journal club and other academic activities, which will be monitored regularly.


Workshops, CME and Conferences

  1. Workshop on “Electroencephalography (EEG)” on11th& 12th February, 2006.
  2. CME on “Psychosexual Medicine and Parapsychology” on 11th February, 2007.
  3. CME on “Psychosomatic Medicine: Mind-Body interface” on 10th February, 2008.
  4. Indian Psychiatric Society – South Zone PG CME on “Psychopharmacology Update” on 18th& 19th April, 2009.
  5. Indian Psychiatric Society – Karnataka State Branch Annual conference (KANCIPS)on 21st& 22nd August, 2010.
  6. Workshop on “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Clinical Practice”on 15th May, 2011.
  7. Workshop on “Medico-legal aspects in Psychiatry”on 25thMarch, 2012.
  8. Workshop on “Electroencephalography (EEG): Theory and practice”on 26thAugust, 2012.
  9. Indian Psychiatric Society – Karnataka State Branch PG CME on “Empowering clinical skills in Psychiatry” scheduled to be held on 10th February, 2013
  10. CME on ‘Psychopharmacology Update – 2014’ by collaborating with department of Pharmacology, SDMCMSH on
  11. Annual Neuropsychiatry CME – “ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY - UPDATE - 2015’ ON 01st  February  2015 in DRH Auditorium, SDMCMSH, Dharwad, Karnataka
  12. Annual Neuro-Psychiatry CME IPSKC PGCME-2016 on 9th & 10th January-2016 In Ishaavaasyam Auditorium, Manjushree Block , SDMCMSH, Dharwad
  13. CME on ‘Sexual Medicine Update’ 12 February 2017 at Ishaavaasyam Auditorium, Manjushree Block , SDMCMSH, Dharwad



  1. Babu GN, Subbakrishna DK & Chandra PS. Prevalence and correlates of suicidality among Indian women with post-partum psychosis in an inpatient setting. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2008; 42:976-980.
  2. Desai G, Babu GN, Rajkumar RP& Chandra PS. More questions than answers! Clinical dilemmas in psychopharmacology in pregnancy and lactation.  Indian Journal of Psychiatry, Jan-Mar 2009, 51(1) 26-33.
  3. Prasad CG, Babu GN, Chandra PS &Chaturvedi SK. Chitrachanchala [Movies on Unstable Mind] Mental Health Themes in Kannada Cinema. International Review of Psychiatry 2010.
  4. Prabha S. Chandra &Girish N. Babu.Lithium in drinking water and food, and risk of suicide, letter to editor. British Journal of Psychiatry.195.3.271a.
  5. Girish N. Babu, Geetha Desai, Harish Tippeswamy & Prabha S. Chandra 2010. Birth Weight and Use of Olanzapine in Pregnancy A Prospective Comparative Study. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology Volume 30, 2010 Number 3, 331-332
  6. Babu GN, Desai G & Chaturvedi SK Glutaric Acidemia type II associated with Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Case Report German J Psychiatry 2011; 14: 48-50.
  7. Desai G , Babu GN & Chandra PS. Unplanned pregnancies leading to psychotropic exposure in women with mental illness - findings from a perinatal psychiatry clinic Indian J Psychiatry 2012; 54; 59 - 63. (PUBMED INDEXED)
  8. Sahoo Saddichha, Ram Kumar, Girish N. Babu and Prabha Chandra.  Aripiprazole Associated With Acute Dystonia, Akathisia, and Parkinsonism in a Single Patient, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. (Epub ) (PUBMED INDEXED)
  9. Sahoo Saddichha, Girish N. Babu and Prabha Chandra. Orthorexia nervosa presenting as prodrome of schizophrenia. Schizophr. Res. (2011), oi:10.1016/j.schres. 2011 (PUBMED INDEXED)
  10. Basavaraj V, Girish N. Babu and Prabha Chandra Mirtazapine induced mania in a woman with major depression in the absence of features of bipolarity, Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2011 Oct;45(10):901. Epub 2011 Jun 21. (PUBMED INDEXED)
  11. Raveendranathan D, Babu GN, Desai G, Chandra PS. Bipolar disorder co-occurring with periodic paralysis: a case report. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012 Dec 1;24 (1):E11-2. (PUBMED INDEXED)
  12. Babu GN, Harish T, Chandra PS (2013). Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy [ECT] in Postpartum Psychosis- a naturalistic prospective study". Achieves of Women’s Mental Health (DOI 10.1007/s00737-013-0342-2) (PUBMED INDEXED)
  13. Harish Thippeswamy, Biju Viswanath, Girish N. Babu, V. Senthil K. Reddi, and Santosh K. Chaturvedi Consultation liaison Approach for the Management of Psychiatric Manifestations in Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders: A Report from Neuropsychiatric Hospital, India. Indian J Psychol Med. 2014 AprJun? 36(2): 134–137. (PUBMED INDEXED)
  14. Hemendra Singh, Girish Babu N, Senthil Kumar Reddi, Prabha S. Chandra. Carbamazepine Induced Asterixis with Hyperammonemia: A Case Report with Review of Literature. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Jan - Mar 2015, Vol 37, Issue 1. (PUBMED INDEXED)
  15. Girish N. Babu, Geetha Desai, Prabha S. Chandra. Antipsychotics in pregnancy and lactation. Indian J Psychiatry 57 (Supplement 2), July 2015.
  16. Raghavendra B N, Ambika L, Patil NM, Chate SS, Lohit S: Rubinstein–Taybi Syndrome with Psychosis. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Apr - Jun 2012, Vol 34,Issue 2
  17. R.B. Nayak, S. Lohit , S.S. Chate , N.M. Patil and M. Mahesh. Etizolam: Use and safety profile in children and adolescent. Al Am een J Med Sci 2016; 9(3):206-209
  18. Sri Mahavir Agarwal, Sridatta Rajur, Anushree Bose, Sonia Shenoy, Srikanth Miriyala, Venkataram Shivakumar, Harleen Chhabra, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Palanimuthu T Sivakumar, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian Use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in a woman with behavioral variant fronto-temporal dementia. Asian journal of psychiatry, 2016/6, 21, 31
  19. S Rajur, M Varghese, PT Sivakumar, KJ Kumar Clinical and cognitive outcome, course of late onset depression–A study from geriatric services of a tertiary care center in India - European Psychiatry, 2016, 33, S221-S222.


Dissertation/ Research

  1. Dr. Nitin Shetty- Prevalence and correlates of delirium tremens in patients with alcohol related disorders in a general hospital setup.
  2. Dr. Bhavya K Bairy- Disability assessment, quality of life and caregivers’ burden in patients with schizophrenia and depressive disorder: a comparative study.
  3. Dr Ashwini P – Prevalence and Correlates of Neuropsychiatric comorbidity in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease on Haemodialysis
  4. Dr Harshit H Salian - A study of executive dysfunction in persons with alcohol dependence syndrome
  5. Dr Sharanya B Shetty – Prevalence and correlates of Psychiatric Comorbidity in children and adolescents with Epilepsy.



Dr. Abhay Matkar
Professor & HOD
Dr. Girish Babu N
Associate Professor
Dr. Sachin B S
Assistant Professor
Dr. Sridatta Rajur
Assistant Professor
Dr. Sharath A R
Senior Resident
Dr. Namrata Jagtap
Jr. Resident
Dr. Sharanya B Shetty
Jr. Resident
Dr. Shilpi
Jr. Resident
Dr. Kavyashree
Jr. Resident
Dr. Supritha
Jr. Resident



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