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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 150
From the desk of vice president-elect

Director Samvedana Happiness Hospital and Research Institute; President Elect Indian Psychiatry Society; Executive Council Member Indian Association of Social Psychiatry; Direct Council Member CSEPI, IASP

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Date of Web Publication14-Jan-2019

How to cite this article:
Vaishnav M. From the desk of vice president-elect. Indian J Psychiatry 2019;61, Suppl S2:150

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Vaishnav M. From the desk of vice president-elect. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 11];61, Suppl S2:150. Available from:

The Indian Psychiatric Society, the apex organization for psychiatrists in India, has always put benchmarks and milestones in the field of mental health. With advances in field of medical science and psychiatry, we are going from an era of psyche to neurotransmission and the age of psychotherapy to neurostimulation techniques.

However, even today, the most complex aspect to study in human body is a child's mind. Even with a momentary imagination, a young mind can develop innumerable perceptions and thoughts which will shape their personalities in future. This makes child psychiatry as the cornerstone of mental health. As they say, the earlier a problem is identified, the better the outcomes; it has become a necessity that not only psychiatrists but also pediatricians and family physicians today have ample knowledge about childhood problems, its outcomes, and possible interventions. With alarming increase in childhood depression, disruptive behavior disturbances, and even teenage suicides, the need of the hour is to identify the bleeding minds and heal them in a thorough and scientific way. Children today are reared in a mix culture of virtual and real word, and this exposes them to innumerable pathologies from substance addictions to being hooked to social media, online gaming, pornography, and cyberbullying. Each of these things will affect the mental development of children and in course the fate of families. Such a changing scenario calls for need to have constantly updated practice guidelines to promote newer advances in diagnosis and management of child psychiatry issues. As the president-elect of the Indian Psychiatric Society, it will always be my priority during my tenure to bring to notice child psychiatry issues and find their solutions.

It gives me immense pleasure to observe the hard work and commitment that the editor has put into compilation of this practice guideline. Our organization has always been blessed with literature and enthusiasts who put their minds and soul to constantly update the psychiatrists nationally through bulletins, journals, and practice guideline books. This book is an addition to ever increasing research based and scientific literature in a field that requires foremost attention. I would congratulate the Chairperson of the task force of practice guidelines DR. Shive Gautam, Vice Chairperson Dr. Ajit Avasthi, and Convenor Dr. Sandeep Grover and all the contributors for this informative and useful practice guideline of highest academic standards.

Once again, I highly appreciate the editor Dr. OPSingh to put all the efforts along with his team to provide us a world-class practice guideline for child psychiatry and would encourage contributions from across the nation so that our future psychiatrists have specific Indian perspective of all subsections of psychiatry through practice guidelines of the Indian Psychiatric Society.

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Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mrugesh Vaishnav
Director Samvedana Happiness Hospital and Research Institute President Elect Indian Psychiatry Society Executive Council Member Indian Association of Social Psychiatry Direct Council Member CSEPI, IASP

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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_586_18

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