Counselling Session

The department of psychiatry came into existence in the year 1991. After the initiation of a full fledged psychiatric unit with inpatient and outpatient facilities, the post graduate program (M.D.) in psychiatry was started in the year 1998. Till date eight postgraduates have completed their training in the department.

Stalwarts in the horizon of Indian psychiatry have headed the department over the years. The department has evolved under the guidance of Dr. C. Shamasunder, Dr. A. Jagadeesh, Dr.N. Janakiramaiah. Dr. C.N.Krishnamurthy, Dr.R.Raguram and is currently headed by Dr.Lakshmi V Pandit.

The department seeks to provide outstanding education and training in psychiatry to undergraduate medical students and post graduate trainees at KIMS. Our residency program aims at training psychiatrists in preparation for their leadership roles both in the public and private sectors. We also focus on offering the highest caliber of continuing medical education for psychiatrists and other medical practitioners. Our research goals are to develop a deeper understanding of the causes of psychiatric illness, and to create more effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for these disorders.

We also aim to advance the understanding of psychiatric aspects of medical illnesses. Our clinical mission will integrate state-of-the-art biological, psychological, and social approaches in the care of our patients and their families, as it provides the foundation for our teaching and research missions.

In all of the above activities, we shall adhere to the highest ethical standards as we strive to enhance the quality of care for psychological ailments.

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Counselling Session

The Department of Psychiatry at KIMS provides both out-patient and in-patient services. Outpatient services are provided from 9 AM to 4 PM every day. The Department has an inpatient facility for 30 patients. Trained nurses provide care to patients admitted in the wards. Residents are on duty every day of the week and emergencies are handled round the clock.

Modalities of Service:

Adult Psychiatry: Therapeutic services are provided for acute and continuing care of all adult psychiatric disorders. All patients are assessed using a structured proforma to facilitate effective data gathering which plays a crucial role in initiating appropriate interventions.

De-addiction Services: The Department has initiated a dedicated care program for patients with substance abuse (alcohol and other substances) which has also provided a platform for research enquiries.

Child Psychiatry: A team consisting of psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and psychiatric social worker provides integrated services for children with a wide range of problems like specific learning disabilities, emotional disorders and school refusal.

Geriatric psychiatry: Out-patient and in-patient services for the psychiatric issues for the elderly are provided.

Marital & Family Therapy: The trained psychiatric social workers in the Department provide planned, structured interventions for families with interpersonal and adjustment difficulties.

Individual Psychotherapy: The Department has initiated a supervised individual psychotherapy program in which all the faculties are involved.

Clinical Psychology Services: The trained Clinical Psychologist in the Department offers psychological assessment for adults and children, with a special focus on learning disabilities.

ECT Services: Modified ECT is provided with the assistance of the Department of Anesthesia employing latest techniques. EEG services are also provided.

Liaison Services: The Department has a very active and continuing interaction with other departments in the hospital. Over the years we have built effective liaison services in with other departments which have facilitated academic engagements in addition. The Department is also involved in the provision of psychiatric services for the HIV-ART cell, which includes pre and post-test counselling, screening and early recognition of psychosocial issues and initiation of appropriate interventions.


Geriatric Clinic

Monday        2:00PM – 4:00PM

Child guidance clinic 

Tuesday      2:00PM – 4:00PM


Wednesday 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Family Counseling 

Thursday    2:00PM – 4:00PM

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1   Dr. Manju Aswath   Prof & HOD

2   Dr. Kshamaa H G   Assistant Professor

3   Dr.Vathsalya S Gowda   Senior Resident


World Mental Health Day – 2018 Presided by Justice Santosh Hegde

World Mental Health Day – 2017 Presided by

Dr C N Manjunath

World Health Day – 2017 Presided by

Cine-actress Bhavana and Dr Jagadeesha A

The Department has been actively involved in sensitizing fellow medical professionals about advances and trends in psychiatry. In addition, we have held programs on the occasion of World Mental Health Day to spread the message about mental health issues, focusing attention on measures to dispel stigma about mental health problems. We have been actively involved in organizing the World Mental health day Celebrations every year with esteemed guests such as – Santosh Hegde, Dr C N Manjunath, Nagabharana etc.

The department has organized many activities for students on the world mental health days such as posters, skits, collages and essays.

Inter-college CMEs are frequently conducted at KIMS involving students from various medical colleges in Bangalore - BMC, RRMCH, Spandana, Vydehi, MVJ and St Johns.

The faculty are actively involved in enhancing the psychological well being and stress management in students and faculty of several colleges ( Kempegowda Institute of Nursing, BIT, BMS, MLA, MPA, Himanshu school, RC college and rotary club)

The department has been a part of organizing committees of various state and national level conferences, most recent being -

IPSOCON (South zone Conference) 2019

KANCIPS (State Conference) 2019

Awards Instituted By The Department 

“Dr. RAGURAM AWARD” For The “Distinguished Young Teacher” - This is a State Level Award, given annually during KANCIPS based on contributions to Post Graduate teaching in the field of Psychiatry. The award carries a Citation, and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000. From 2011 till date.

"Dr. LAKSHMI PANDIT AWARD” For the “Best Outgoing Undergraduate Student In Psychiatry” – The candidate is selected by the staff of the Department of Psychiatry based on their performance in the department both as students and as trainee interns. From 2011 till date.

Dr Lakshmi V Pandit

  1. Sharma S, Sasidharan A, Marigowda V, Vijay M, Sharma S, Mukundan CS, Pandit L, Masthi NR. Indian classical music with incremental variation in tempo and octave promotes better anxiety reduction and controlled mind wandering—A randomised controlled EEG study. EXPLORE. 2021 Mar 1;17(2):115-21.
  2. Pandit LV, Salian NM, Salian AM. Assessment of Psychological Distress among General Population during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Lockdown – An Indian Study. J Med Sci Health 2021;7(1):56-63.
  3. Kamath KS, Pandit LV. A Cross-sectional Study of Dietary Intake and Body Mass Index in Alcohol Dependence Individuals. J Med Sci Health 2019;5(3):31-34.
  4. Ramya HS, Goutham AS, Lakshmi VP. Prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in school going children aged between 5-12 years in Bengaluru. Current Pediatric Research. 2017.
  5. Aswath M, Pandit LV, Kashyap K, Ramnath R. Persistent genital arousal disorder. Indian journal of psychological medicine. 2016 Jul;38(4):341-3.
  6. Kishor M, Isaac M, Ashok MV, Pandit LV, Rao TS. Undergraduate psychiatry training in India; past, present, and future looking for solutions within constraints!!. Indian journal of psychiatry. 2016 Apr;58(2):119.
  7. Girish K, Reddy KV, Pandit LV, Pundarikaksha HP, Vijendra R, Vasundara K, Manjunatha R, Nagraj M, Shruthi R. A randomized, open-label, standard controlled, parallel group study of efficacy and safety of baclofen, and chlordiazepoxide in uncomplicated alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Biomedical journal. 2016 Feb 1;39(1):72-80.
  8. Prabhu A, Vardhan GV, Pandit LV. Pathways to tertiary care adopted by individuals with psychiatric illness. Asian journal of psychiatry. 2015 Aug 1;16:32-5.
  9. Reddy VK, Girish K, Pandit Lakshmi , Kumar A, Harsha R. Cost-effectiveness analysis of baclofen and chlordiazepoxide in uncomplicated alcohol-withdrawal syndrome. Indian journal of pharmacology. 2014 Jul;46(4):372.
  10. Sanjay T V, Jahnavi R, Gangaboraiah B, Lakshmi P, Jayanthi S. Prevalence and factors influencing depression among elderly living in the urban poor locality of Bengaluru city. Int J Health Allied Sci 2014 3:105-9.
  11. Kishor M, Pandit LV, Raguram R. Psychiatric morbidity and marital satisfaction among spouses of men with alcohol dependence. Indian journal of psychiatry. 2013 Oct;55 (4) :360.
  12. Pandit L, Vardhan V. Late-onset obsessive–compulsive disorder presenting as genital self-mutilation. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 Oct;47(10): 969-70.
  13. Pandit LV, Vishnuvardhan G. Impact of age and gender on the coping styles and psychiatric morbidity faced by informal primary caregivers of HIV-infected individuals living in India. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC). 2014 Jan;13(1):24-8.
  14. Pandit L, Vardhan V. Olfactory delusional syndrome. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 Jul;47(7):683.

Dr Manju Aswath

  1. Aswath M, Pandit LV, Kashyap K, Ramnath R. Persistent genital arousal disorder. Indian journal of psychological medicine. 2016 Jul;38(4):341-3.
  2. Balakrishnan R, Aswath M. Prevalence of Psychiatric Comorbidity in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. J Med Sci Health 2019;5(3):35-38.
  3. Kumar A, Narayanaswamy JC, Venkatasubramanian G, Raguram R, Grover S, Aswath M. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its clinical correlates among patients with bipolar disorder. Asian journal of psychiatry. 2017 Apr 1;26:109-14.
  4. Pandiyan K, Aswath M. Study of prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviour and associated psychiatric comorbidity among female sex workers. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. 2018 Apr 2;7(14):1753-6.
  5. Kshamaa HG, Aswath Manju, Aswath Padmanabha. BehavIoural Problems In Adolescent ChIldren Of AlcoholIcs. Selcuk Medical Journal. 2020 Sep 2;36(3):244-51.
  6. Manju Aswath, Radhika Madhusoodan. Comparative study of state trait anxiety in women, pre and post hysterectomy in general hospital setting. MedPulse – International Journal of Psychology. February 2018; 5(2): 11-14.
  7. Radhika Madhusoodan, Manju Aswath. Intellectual functioning in children aged 6-18 years living in a temporary shelter for homeless children in Bangalore. MedPulse – International Journal of Psychology. March 2018; 5(3): 18-21.
  8. Aswath Manju. Madhusoodan Radhika. (2018). Diabetes mellitus and anxiety–Are they correlated?. International Journal of pharma and Bio Sciences. 9. 10.22376/ijpbs. 2018.9.2. b263-265.
  9. Aswath Manju ,Madhusoodan Radhika. (2018). Alcohol withdrawal detox with focus on drugs used for its management. International Journal of pharma and Bio Sciences. 9. 10.22376/ijpbs.2018.9.2.p153-159.

Dr Kshamaa H G

  1. Suresh VC, Silvia WD, Kshamaa HG, Nayak SB. Internet addictive behaviors and subjective well-being among 1st-year medical students. Archives of Mental Health. 2018 Jan 1;19(1):24.
  2. Padmanabha TS, Kshamaa HG, Raghavendra SK. A Cross-sectional Study of Relationship between Internet Addiction and Performance in Internal Assessment in 2nd Year Medical Undergraduates of a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital at B G Nagara. J Med Sci Health 2019;5(1):7-11

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