Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry

by Prosenjit Ghosh

Aims & Scope

Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry (IJPP) is the official publication of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry. The journal publishes two issues in a year i.e., January-June and July-December. It is a peer-reviewed open-access journal that publishes articles related to mental health and neurosciences. The aim of the journal is to encourage research and scientific studies in the field of neuropsychiatry so that we can promote newer developments in clinical psychiatry. The primary focus is to publish articles that have implications for clinical practice in the field of mental health. By publishing newer developments in clinical applications of psychiatry, we endeavor to enrich the knowledge and skills of practitioners of psychiatry and allied mental health professionals. The journal publishes various kinds of articles including editorials, review articles, original research articles, short research communications, case reports, letters to the editor, Continuing Medical Education (CME) articles and Viewpoint articles.

Ownership and Management

Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry is owned and managed under the auspices of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry, and published by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.

About the Society

Indian Association of Private Psychiatry

Over the years, medical care has evolved in India with more than 75 % of the population being catered to by the private sector. This is a sizable number, given the population of our country is the second largest in the world. Thus, the need for a professional organization to take care of the professional and academic interests of the private sector was born. Some felt that their specific needs require special emphasis, which is not possible in a mainstream organization. 

In January 2000, during a symposium in Kochi, some colleagues highlighted the imperative need for such an organization. Thus began a series of consultations by Dr. Kala, founder president of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (IAPP) with various psychiatrists across the country. Many had similar ideas and keenly supported the idea. Thus, in April 2000, the IAPP was formally formed with the 1st conference in Delhi. It was inaugurated by the then Health Minister of India. The subsequent conferences were at Jodhpur, Cochin, Varanasi, and at Chennai. In addition to this, the Mid Term CMEs have been conducted across the country on various topics close to the hearts of private practitioners. Other notable initiatives were Symposiums on Attempted Suicide, a Workshop on Art of Psychiatry & Research Strategies for the Clinician in the 21st century. 

 IAPP is a fast-growing organisation both in terms of membership and activities. This has been possible because of the enthusiastic efforts of our fast-growing fraternity. 

In the coming years, new initiatives are planned in the areas of ethics, regulatory system, govt. policy vis a vis private sector, accreditation of CME programs, treatment guidelines & data bank. 

About the Publisher

Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd is committed to supporting health, medical and dental research communities across continents. Jaypee Journals, a division of Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers is one of the largest medical publishers in the world and provides high-quality open-access journals that are trustworthy, authoritative, and accessible to researchers. We provide high-quality support at all stages of the publishing cycle so that we can help researchers publish their work. We are the partners of success for researchers through global standard publishing as well as open access.

Publication Frequency

Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry publishes bi-annually focussing on all aspects of mental health and neurosciences.

Digital Preservation / Archiving:

IJPP provides for long-term digital preservation through PORTICO

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

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All open access articles published are distributed under the terms of the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International Public License as currently displayed at which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, for non-commercial purposes, provided the original work is properly cited. 

Authors have to mandatorily submit the Open Access License Agreement Formwhen submitting the manuscript. 

Articles published under this arrangement are made freely available online upon publication without subscription barriers to access. Users of such published articles are entitled to use, reproduce, disseminate, or display these articles for personal, research and educational use provided that: 

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This Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors as per Committee on Publication Ethics, ICMJE & WAME. Please visit Policy page for more details. 

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Journal Detail

    ISSN 2319-5363
    Speciality General Medicine, Psychiatry
    DOI 10.5005/jp-journals-10067

Dr. Prosenjit Ghosh
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Silchar Medical College, Silchar, Assam, India

Deputy Editor

Dr. Shahul Ameen
St Thomas Hospital, Changanacherry, Kerala, India

Associate Editors

Dr. Aruna Yadiyal
Department of Psychiatry PGIMER, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

Dr. Sandeep Grover
Professor of Psychiatry
Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Dr. Samir Kumar Praharaj
Professor & Head
Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Assistant Editors

Dr. Ashwin Mohan
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Institute of Psychiatry, Kolkata, India

Dr. Guru S Gowda
Euzen Mental Health Clinic, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

Dr. Sujit Sarkhel
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Dr. Rajshekhar Bipeta
Professor of Psychiatry
Insitute of Mental Health Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Invited Section Editors

Dr. P T Sivakumar
Associate Professor (PSW)
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College & Hospital Sector 32, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

Dr. Harish T
Professor of Psychiatry Head Geriatric Psychiatry Unit Department of Psychiatry
National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, India

Dr. Gauri Choudhary
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Meadowlark Health Care, Pune, Maharashtra, India


Dr. Mahesh Gowda
Spandana Health Care, 236, 2, 29th Main Rd, Nandini Layout, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Dr. (Mrs.) Shashi Rai
Consultant Psychiatrist and Director
Sambal Drug De Addiction and Psychiatric Centre, Lucknow Chairman RFS India. Secretary RFS(I) Lucknow. Former Editor IAPP Former President and Secretary IAPP: UP- Uttarakhand Former president,Zonal Representative, Secretary and Editor IPS Central Zone Former EC member IPS and IAPP

Dr. Gautam Saha
Clinic Brain Neuropsychiatric Institute and Research Centre President, Saarc Psychiatric Foundation

Dr. M S Reddy
ASHA Hospital, Hyderabad

Dr. O P Singh
Professor of Psychiatry, WBMES
Consultant Psychiatrist, AMRI group of Hospitals, AA 304. Ashabari Apartments, O /31 Baishnab Ghata Patuli Kolkata 700094

National Advisory Board
Prof. (Dr.) Indira Sharma
Emeritus Professor
National Academy of Medical Sciences, India

Prof. Dinesh Narayanan
Professor & HOD of Psychiatry
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India

Dr. Alka A Subramanyam
Associate Professor
TNMC & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai

Dr. Adarsh Tripathi
Additional Professor
Department of Psychiatry King George’s Medical University, U.P, Lucknow

Dr. K S Pavitra
Professor and Head
Department of Psychiatry, Basaveshwara Medical College, Chitradurga, Karnataka, India

Dr. Nishant Goyal
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Dr. Parag S Shah
Prof. & Head
Department of Psychiatry, SMIMER Medical College, Surat, India

Dr. Vishal
Chief Psychiatrist
Indlas VIMHANS Hospital Director, ICGC (Indlas Child Guidance Clinic) Director, Indlas Shantivan (Rehab and Deaddiction Center)

Dr. Naren Rao
Additional Professor
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India

Dr. Abhay Matkar
Prof. & HOD
Department of Psychiatry SDMCMSH, Sattur, Dharwar, India

Dr. Ruksheda Syeda
Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
Trellis Family Centre

Dr. Aravind Brahma
G. S. Clinic Indian Psychoanalytical Society Kolkata, India

Dr. E Mohandas
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Sun Medical & Research Centre Thrissur, Kerala

Dr. Venu Gopal Jhanwar
Senior Consultant of Psychiatry and Director
Deva Institute of Health Care and Research (DIHR), Varanasi, India

Dr. G Prasad Rao
Consultant Psychiatrist, Director
Schizophrenia & Psychopharmacology Division Asha Hospital, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Monali S Deshpande
Consultant Psychiatrist
Minds Eye Clinic Aurangabad, India

Dr. (Mrs.) Shubratha Kalmane
Professor of Psychiatry
Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences, Consultant Psychiatrist, Sridhar Nursing Home, Shimoga, Karnataka, India

Dr. Abir Mukherjee
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist, AMRI Group of Hospitals

Prof. (Dr.) Anu Kant Mital
Professor & Head
Department of Psychiatry Rajiv Gandhi Medical College & Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa, Thane India
International Advisory Board
Dr. Dhana Ratna Shakya
Department of Psychiatry
B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Ghopa-18 Dharan Sunsari Koshi Zone Province-1 Nepal, Dharan, Nepal

Dr. Enzo Rozas Serri
Department of Psychiatry
Hospital Clínico Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Dr. Gurvinder Kalra
Consultant Psychiatrist
Bairnsdale Community Mental Health Clinic Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services (LRH-MHS) Traralgon Victoria 3844 Australia Senior Adjunct Lecturer School of Rural Health (La Trobe Valley & West Gippsland) Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Javed Ather Siddiqui
Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Hospital, Taif Kingdom of Saudi Arabia P.O. Box.2056 -21944 (KSA), Taif, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Dilkhush Panjwani
Consultant Psychiatrist
Trillium Health Partners, Assistant Professor Dept. of Psychiatry University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Tarek A. Okasha
Professor of Psychiatry Director of the World Psychiatric Association Collaborating
Centre for Training and Research in Psychiatry, Okasha Institute of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine Ain Shams University Cairo Egypt President Egyptian Alzheimer Society Editor In-chief Middle East Current Psychiatry Journal World Psychiatric Association Presidential Commendation 3 Shawarby Street Kasr El Nil 11121, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Shabbir Amanullah
Assistant Professor/Adjunct Professor
Western University University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Daria Smirnova
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry Narcology Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology Director International Centre for Education and Research in Neuropsychiatry (ICERN) Samara State Medical University, Samara, Russia

Dr. Priya Satalkar
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Bioethics Institute Ghent, Ghent University, BE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow Bernoullistrasse 28 4056, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Kostas N. Fountoulakis
Professor of Psychiatry
3rd Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neurosciences School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Director Cochrane Greece Board member World Psychiatric Association (zone 8 representative), Head Mental Health Section Research Institute Panhellenic Medical Association, Vice-President Hellenic Psychiatric Association, Editor-in-Chief, Annals of General Psychiatry, Field Editor CNS Spectrums, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Rajiv Tandon
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, United States

Dr. McIntyre Jack
Clinical Professor (Voluntary)
Department of Psychiatry (SMD), University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester NY 2000 South Winton Road, Rochester, New York State, United States

Dr. Ravi Paul
Department of Psychiatry, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Dr. Thibaut Florence
M.D., Psychiatrist
University of Paris, University Hospital Cochin-Tarnier INSERM U 1266 Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Paris France University Hospital Cochin-Tarnier President of the IAWMH WFSBP Honorary President 89 rue d’Assas 75006 Paris University INSERM U1266 Institute of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Paris, France

Dr. Afzal Javed
Chairman Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre
Fountain House Lahore Pakistan, Geneva University Psychiatric Hospital, 2 chemin du Petit-Bel-Air 1226 Thônex, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Nagesh Pai
Foundation Professor & Chair Psychiatry
Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong Australia Senior Research Fellow & Theme Leader Mental Health & Ageing Brain Research Illawarra Health Medical Research Institute Sr.Clinical Academic Psychiatrist & Professor IllawarraShoalhaven Local Health District Wollongong Australia Chair Faculty of Adult Psychiatry RANZCP ( NSW) MAJOR Australian Defence, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Raju Lakshmana
Director of Training Victorian SIMGs in Psychiatry.
Additional Director of Psychiatry, Goulburn Valley Health Senior Lecturer The University of Melbourne, Parkville Missouri, Australia

Dr. Mohan Isaac
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Srinagesh Mannekote Thippaiah
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Creighton University School of Medicine, Attending Medical-Psychiatry Unit Valleywise Health Medical Center, 2601 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Dr. B S Somashekar
Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) Lead Medical Appraiser Swanswell Point
Stoney Stanton Road Coventry CV1 4FH, Coventry, United Kingdom
Managing Editor

Tripti Dwivedi

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