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Department of Psychiatry SKIMS,GMC jointly conducts Postgraduate Development Programme in Psychiatry

Post by on Sunday, August 21, 2022

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Srinagar, Aug 20: 22nd Postgraduate Development Programme in Psychiatry, under the aegis of Indian Psychiatry Society, North Zone is being conducted on 20 and 21st August jointly by the Department of Psychiatry of SKIMS and Government Medical College, Srinagar.
The theme of the Postgraduate Development Programme is “Bipolar Affective Disorders’’. The event is being attended by more than 400 delegates, dignitaries, and the trainee residents with more than 350 online participation and 50 offline participants. 
The inauguration programme was graced by Professor (Dr)Parvaiz A Kaul, Director SKIMS who is the chief patron of the event. He talked about the paradigm shift in the diagnosis and management of mental disorders. 
The programmer was also graced by Professor Irfan Robban and Professor Saima Rashid. Professor Irfan Robbani, Principal of SKIMS Medical College congratulated the Department of Psychiatry SKIMS Medical College and IMHANS for organizing an informative learning session on Bipolar Affective Disorders in the valley. Professor Saima Rashid, Principal GMC Srinagar talked about the importance of understanding mental disorders and their treatment in the current situation.
Bipolar Disorders are a complex group of chronic and recurrent mental disorders that affect about 3% of the global population. It usually start early in life and runs an episodic course with frequent relapses. In 2019, 40 million people are suffering from bipolar disorders.
The association of bipolar disorder with creativity, professional accomplishment, and political organizational leadership is amply documented. However, many affected individuals have substantial illness related disability, reduced psychosocial functioning and increased economic costs.
The disorder is associated with a loss of approx. 10-20 potential life years, and BPAD is the leading cause of disability in young people.  Bipolar Disorder leads to cognitive and functional impairment and increased mortality, particularly from self harm and cardiovascular diseases marking the importance of not only assessing only psychiatric but also non-psychiatric medical comorbidities in such patients.
Early and accurate diagnosis is difficult in clinical practice as the onset of bipolar disorder is commonly characterized by non-specific symptoms like mood lability or a depressive episode which can be similar in presentation to unipolar disorders. Moreover patients and their families do not always understand the significance of their hypomanic or manic symptoms. 

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