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Department of Psychiatry

Psychiatry is a part of medical sciences, which deals with treatment of psychological, emotional & behavioral disorders. Unlike Psychologists, Psychiatrists are doctors who prescribe medicines to patients after arriving at a formal diagnosis by examining the patient and interviewing the patient & the relatives in detail. This is because Psychiatry is related to mental , psychological , emotional & behavioral problems of the person & thought processes because of various issues faced at home & outside- occupational, social, marital, family problems.

Initially, Neurology and Psychiatry were under a single discipline. However, with the evolution of medical sciences they branched out. Emil Kraepelin was the first psychiatrist to start scientific Psychiatry. Later, Psychiatry world changed with the advent of Sigmund Freud and his Freudian theories. Today, with the recent advancements in the field, a psychiatrist can identify the cause of illness in a particular individual. Neurotransmitters in the brain are responsible for various psychological illnesses.

ECT ( Electroconvulsive therapy) was the mainstay of treatment for all psychiatric illnesses in the past but with the emergence of newer medicines, which are very potent & effective , many psychological problems can be safely  treated  and cured.

An experienced, well trained staff and good infrastructure at  the SVMMC ensures good facilities for regular, troublesome and long term psychiatric disorders.

The Department also has excellent liaison services with the other medical and surgical departments for the interdisciplinary management of psychosomatic disorders, counseling services for cardiac and surgical cases and the management of psychiatric co-morbidity in patients with physical disorders.

SVMMC Facts:

No. of Hospitals- 4
No. of Years- 30
Over 100,000 Patients Treated
Over 120 Doctors across all Facilities
430 Beds & 7 OT’s
25 Bedded ICU
Experienced, Empathetic, and Empowered!


  • Well equipped Department run by a team of highly experienced Psychiatrists.
  • Facility for specialized treatment procedures like ECT Set of bio-feedback instruments, psychological test facilities, and services of a clinical psychologist.
  • All supporting investigative facilities including CT Scan, are available in-house.