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Message from the President, Indian Psychiatric Society

Raju, N. N. Dr

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Indian Journal of Psychiatry 65(2):p 117, February 2023. | DOI: 10.4103/indianjpsychiatry.indianjpsychiatry_832_22
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Dear Friends

I deem it a privilege to write a few lines for the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Emergency Psychiatry.

It is heartening to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the IPS Subcommittee of Clinical Practice Guidelines under the scholarly guidance of Prof. Shiv Gautam well supported by Dr. Sandeep Grover, Dr. Jahnavi Kedare, and Dr. Siddharth Sarkar. It has been successful in bringing out practical guidelines with recent advances in many specialties of psychiatry. The knowledge of emergency psychiatry is paramount, and the practice guidelines will be very handy not only to psychiatrists but also to other medical practitioners who attend emergencies in their practice. Many changes have occurred in the way medical practice is organized over the years thanks to advances made in scientific understanding of physical diseases and mental illness. A thorough knowledge of behavioral symptoms presented in emergency room is mandatory for any practitioner and more so for a practicing psychiatrist who is called over more often than before. The multi-team approach of management of ICU is taking shape, and it is heartening to note that many of current experts in various specialties are at hand to help the suffering.

Many medical conditions like electrolyte disturbances are associated with psychiatric symptoms, and psychiatric disorders like panic disorder can be so frightening both to the patient and family members that they seek immediate attention of cardiac team. Management of survivors of suicide is a challenge to both psychiatrists and non-psychiatrists in the emergency room. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 too has contributed to the dramatic increase of emergencies and skills in crisis intervention which would be handy to all physicians and paramedical staff.

I congratulate the authors who must have spent sleepless nights to bring out the latest understanding in psychiatric conditions presented in emergency situations.

Long Live IPS!

Dr. N. N. Raju


Indian Psychiatric Society


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