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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 143-144
Transition: Psychiatry to Clinical Neuroscience

1 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS, University, Mysore; Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry, India
2 Consultant psychiatrist and Director Dr AKT Neuropsychiatric Centre, Allahabad; Asst. Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry, India

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Date of Web Publication3-Jan-2017

How to cite this article:
Sathyanarayana Rao T S, Tandon A. Transition: Psychiatry to Clinical Neuroscience. Indian J Psychiatry 2017;59, Suppl S2:143-4

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Sathyanarayana Rao T S, Tandon A. Transition: Psychiatry to Clinical Neuroscience. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Oct 16];59, Suppl S2:143-4. Available from:

The venue for ANCIPS 2017 , Raipur and the theme "Psychiatry - Reaching the Unreached" gel very well with the current scenario wherein through the National and District Mental Health Programs we are trying to reach to the masses. We have had an eventful year, with Ms. Deepika Padukone who supports the cause of mental illnesses, agreed to become the brand ambassador of Indian Psychiatry Society(IPS). Efforts to channelize the Mental Health Care Bill have been consistent throughout the year. Very recently the winter session of the Parliament approved the amendments to be made to ' The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014'.

With rapid research in neurosciences we have solid evidence that psychiatry has a very strong biological underpinning along with the psycho-social aspects. Mental Illnesses are very similar to general medical illnesses and need treatment by a specialist, still needs to be communicated to a large chunk of population which prefers various types of magical treatments as the first step when need arises. This results in loss of crucial time which can be saved and would lead to better treatment outcomes. 1 none Availability of community psychiatric services which are easily accessible are much needed; the socio-cultural factors also determine health seeking behavior of the population. 2 The faith healers are very frequently the first point of contact from where patients may at times be referred to psychiatric care services. A very common practice is to seek help and treatment from both faith healers and psychiatric services simultaneously. The delay in initiation of treatment may depend upon education of family, beliefs (myths and magico-religious causation of mental illness), stigma, attitude, availability or accessibility of psychiatric services.

The current supplement to be released at ANCIPS 2017 contains abstracts of various Award Papers, Symposia, Workshops, Free Papers and Posters and the reader and participant will get a crash course from the current academic program. Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) has been successful in India up to a certain extent ; however it has had some major challenges in weaning patients off buprenorphine and holding onto those already registered. IPS has undertaken the daunting task of revising clinical practice guidelines on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, sexual disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders and sleep disorders. These should be read in conjunction with guidelines published earlier. Geriatric mental health problems are associated with various general medical problems hence Geriatric Psychiatry needs liaison with a number of other specialties for maintaining optimum health in these individuals. Substance use has been an upcoming problem in our country for which a national survey on extent and pattern of substance use in India was conducted. Newer addictions like sniffing diluters and internet addiction have been particularly difficult to manage. ICD-11(International Classification of Diseases) has been much discussed particularly in comparison to the already released DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) with a number of changes and new disorders likely to be added. Sex education for children, especially in schools has been a hot topic for discussion involving the Government of India. Legal implications of psychiatric practice are varied from insanity defense to issues related to marriage and mental health. Neuroimaging and biomarkers are areas of recent research in psychiatry. Gut and Brain have had a strong connection with both sharing common neurotransmitters and often presenting comorbidly to the clinician. The immune system has been found to be affected in some psychiatric disorders with some opining that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the immune system of the individual. The editorial team is well aware of the excellent academic programs being arranged at Raipur for ANCIPS 2017 and we wish the organizers all the best for a successful conference.[2]

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WHO, The world health report 2001 - Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. Chapter 2: Burden of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, page: 4. [Last accessed on 28 Feb 2011]. Available from: .  Back to cited text no. 1
Trivedi JK, Jilani AQ. Pathway of psychiatric care. Indian J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr-Jun; 53(2): 97-98.  Back to cited text no. 2

Correspondence Address:
T S Sathyanarayana Rao
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS, University, Mysore; Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.197000

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