Department Of Psychiatry And Psychology

Department of Psychiatry was started at Choithram hospital in 1979 with the beginning of the hospital. The department was first in the Madhya Pradesh in a private sector to start a full fledged unit.

The Department of Psychiatry provides a comprehensive integrated multi-disciplinary service in the management of patients with psychological or psychiatric disorders.

This unit offers intensive psychiatric care to individuals, including patients with underlying medical complications. A multidisciplinary treatment approach is used in which patients receive the benefit of working with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and occupational/recreational therapists. Extensive evaluation of treatment needs is performed for all individuals and typically includes pharmacotherapy, individual and group therapy, and milieu treatment in an intensive setting. With the help of faculty of Choithram College of Nursing we have started Multi-Disciplinary Behaviour Intervention Unit for the benefit of patients.

The Psychiatric Unit consists of :

  • Dr. Ashish Goyal M.B.B.S, M.D. ,D.P.M. (Psychiatry)
  • Mr M.K Acharya M.Phil (Medical & Social Psychology)
  • Mrs. Anila Gangrade M.S.W, M.Phil (Mental Health & Counselling)
  • Mrs. Blessy Antony M.Sc (Psychiatric Nursing)
  • Mrs. Vinu V. Nair M.Sc (Psychiatric Nursing)

Inpatient psychiatric treatment

Focuses on the resolution of acute symptoms. Treatment consists of a wide range of somatic and psychosocial therapies, with a strong multidisciplinary approach. Patients in the General Psychiatric Unit are treated by a multidisciplinary team, including an attending psychiatrist, a resident doctor, a psychiatric nurse, a social worker, and an occupational therapist. This staff offers patients the most up-to-date treatments for acute psychiatric illnesses, including medications, electroconvulsive treatments, individual and group psychotherapies, family counseling, and a range of both psychotherapy and occupational therapy groups throughout the day. The treatment of adolescents includes an assessment from the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Outpatient Behavioral Services

The Psychiatric Outpatient Service is a comprehensive and innovative ambulatory mental health service . We strive to provide the highest level of care to our patients following a full physical and psychosocial evaluation. Our services offer a complete array of psychiatric and psychological treatments, including cutting-edge forms of psychopharmacology; innovative types of individual, group, and family psychotherapy; psychological testing; and programs directed at assisting patients with special needs, such as addiction disorders or chronic mental illnesses. As an important service to our patients, we offer specialized divisions of Geriatric Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. The Department of Psychiatry provides the following subspecialty services:


Provides evaluation and treatment for patients with organic brain lesions with psychiatric or psychological consequences.


Provides psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy) for patients with psychological or psychiatric disorders.

Stress Management

Provides stress management and lifestyle modification counselling.

Deaddiction Programme:

Outpatient substance abuse recovery program designed specifically for people who are struggling to find recovery from substances while also trying to deal with mental health issues. The program serves individuals who have either initiated or maintained some level of abstinence from substances or demonstrate a level of substance use that does not require more intensive treatment. Program staff focus on empowering people to make a recovery into a process in which they better themselves holistically: psychologically, physically, socially, and spiritually.

Program Features :

  • Assessments for appropriate level of care
  • Individual counseling
  • Group and family therapy
  • Psychiatric, psychological and medication evaluations
  • Medication management
  • Referrals for additional services
  • General public information and education programs

We provide an integrated physical/psychosocial treatment plan whenever possible. We assist patients in obtaining general and specialized medical care within the hospital and from community agencies that match the individual’s needs. In case of crises, psychiatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day.



  • Dr. Ashish Goyal (Neuro-Psychiatry)
  • Mr M.K Acharya (Clinical Psychology)


High protein diet is essential for the growth of the children and teenagers. There are many protein rich snacks and food items like chana chatpata, sprouts chat, groundnut salted, ground nut chikki and laddoo, dry nuts, paneer and cheese snacks, soya chunks should be incorporated in the diet.

Patients with hyperacidity may be benefitted by small frequent meals, less spicy and oily food, plenty of water and daily walk.

Bottle feeding is very dangerous for infants and children

Person with high levels of uric acid should take moderate protein, plenty of fluids and should avoid fasting.

High fibre diet is good for maintaining health of GI tract. It may also prevent many life style disorder like constipation, piles, dyslipidemia, acidity etc.

One should not replace their meals by fast food/junk food.

Healthy diet contains all food groups like cereals, pulses, milk and milk products, vegetables, fruits and small amount of oil and sugar.

Iron deficiency anemia is very common in our community. People with anemia should consume plenty of green leafy vegetables, jaggery, dates, halu etc. Non vegetarians can consume liver, mutton along with full diet. 

Two teaspoon of flax seed consumption increases immunity and beneficial for diabetics, dyslipidemia, menopausal women and asthma patients.

Instead of taking excessive tea, coffee and cold drinks, one should take plenty of water, vegetable soups, butter milk, coconut water,  lemon juice because they are healthy drinks.

A feastful of nuts like groundnuts, almond, cashewnut, pistachionuts, walnuts, roasted chana are good for children’s health.

Regular intake of fast food and junk food may lead to many health problem like obesity constipation, piles, deficiency diseases cancer etc.

Consumption of methidana is good remedy for sugar control in diabetics.

Maintaining ideal body weight can prevent from many life style disorder like hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and many other diseases.

Raw garlic, Almonds and walnuts can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (Good Cholestrol).

Change of cooking oil (soyabean oil / Saffola sunflower oil/mustard oil/olive oil / corn oil) after 2-3 months is good for lowering cholesterol levels.

Soyabean is very rich in protein and isoflavons. Menopausal women should incorporate 15-30 gms roasted soyabean in their diet.

4-5 servings of seasonal vegetables (including cooked vegetable, salads and soup) and 1-2 servings of seasonal fruits are good for health as it contains many vitamins, minerals fibres and antioxidants.

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