Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Allied Sciences, Nehru Nagar, New Delhi

Diet and Nutrition

The Dietary Team at Vimhans specialises in providing customised plans with emphasis on Lifestyle Management along with specific dietary counselling:

  • diabetic meal plans,
  • diet for cancer patients after chemotherapy,
  • diet for patients after cholecystectomy,
  • gastric disorders,
  • perinatal nutrition,
  • nutrition with emphasis on women’s health
  • improving bone health and overall lifestyle.

Our Dietary Consultations take a holistic approach, in consideration of both mind and body. We take into account all your health challenges, eating patterns, diet preferences, lifestyle, and such factors while prescribing a diet pattern. Aside from specialised, therapeutic diet charts, we also offer recipe videos to our clients, which they can utilise while planning their own diets.

The neuropeptide Serotonin has been identified as being the most significant in affecting levels of mood, anxiety, sleep and appetite in our body and has a wide variety of functions in our body. Since 90-95% of this chemical is produced in our digestive tract, maintaining our gut health is essential.

What we eat can affect not just our physical health but also our mental health and overall well-being.

Individual dietary intake and nutritional status are important factors that influence mental health and the psychiatric disorders growth. Many mental health researches focus on depression, cognitive impairment, and dementia, and there is insufficient evidence for other psychological disorders, including schizophrenia. At VIMHANS, food and nutrition play a close relationship while dealing with mental illness.

Approaches at VIMHANS:

Food and Nutrition Approaches at Vimhans are not just providing basic meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), but going a step further and incorporating food into a client’s recovery journey. We take great pains in ensuring optimum health for ourselves through diet. The emphasis on Food has always been prevalent as it is as one of the basic and most important need of any human being for survival.

However, we believe and nurture the concept of “Aatmanirbhar”, self-dependent. Involvement with Food starts in the morning - activities which we call Breakfast A.D.L.; clients come along with their caregivers and cook (pre prepared raw material) their own breakfast according to individual taste and preference.

After breakfast, they get involved in various activities in the department of their liking, including helping in meal preparation (lunch).

Food Activity/ Culinary Therapy:

Thrice a week, we conduct culinary therapy (live cookoff) sessions with the client and staff members. The food activity is a small group MasterChef class, wherein each and every one is provided with the individual cooking station with prelaid equipment and raw materials. The group comes together to cook something healthy, easy, tasty, and of course, memorable.

With client’s safety as our top priority - we use only electric, fireless equipments and thus, e.g. induction, oven, soup maker, cake maker, air fryers, electric tandoors etc.

We also ensure we don’t use anything with sharp edges like knife, cutters, peeler etc.

Culinary therapy has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, it has become one of the most sought after and unique experiences at Vimhans. Patients eagerly wait for these sessions and we welcome their suggestions regarding the choice of the recipes too! All this is supervised by our nutritionists and trained staff.

It is the only therapy which augments and uses all the five senses and our happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine increase:

  • Vision : colourful appeal for eyes
  • Auditory : sound of spluttering of food, whistle of pressure cooker
  • Olfactory : aroma of food
  • Tactile : texture related feeling with hands
  • Gustatory : different flavours

The joy and sense of achievement that the patients feel after participating in these sessions regularly is beyond words!

“Anyone can cook” – Chef Gusteau

The culinary therapies are not just for our patients but also for the visitors/ guests as food brings everyone to the same platform. It boosts confidence, sense of accomplishment, social integration & emotional bonding with food as well as family members.

There is something about cooking a meal together - a sense of equality amongst ALL participants. Sometimes doctors/residents/interns join in as these activities help in rapport building, and also in observing certain social behaviour in the patients. Individuals from diverse background are invited to participate; their feedback after the activities is always full of support and encouragement.

“Food makes one happy and happy mind cooks good food”

There is strong association with Good ?? Food ?? Mood

Food as a Vocational Activity:

With the help of the nutritionists & dedicated staff, our clients have also achieved a lot in the new product category development. These area all free from chemicals, synthetic colors & preservatives, we use only natural ingredients, ex: Sooji Namak Para, variety of Matthis, Soya ribbons, Chakli, bakery items – Muffins, Cakes, Cookies, Buns, Berger, Pao varieties of Namkeens – Khatta Meetha, Diet mixture, Masala/Tomato Sev.

The above items are available for sale over the counter.

All above activities are also the part of assignments and part of a dietary professional’s/ interns’ trainings at VIMHANS, they are assigned projects related to these aspects, and are also encouraged to develop new recipes.

Dietary TRAINING AT VIMHANS

The Dietary Department at VIMHANS also provides internship to MSc. (Food & Nutrition) and DDPHN students for a period of 3 months.They are trained in planning of diets of different diseases eg. Cardiac, Diabetic, Obesity, Renal, Liver, Oncology, Ryles Tube feeds, different Eating Disorders Regular integration with IPD patients and giving therapeutic counseling though customized diet plan is given more importance.

Since VIMHANS is now offering multispecialty health care services, interns also get an exposure on a variety of therapeutic meal planning. Contact us for more details via email.

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Dr. Sanjay Pattanayak

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Presently

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Chief co-ordinator DNB teaching programme Department of Psychiatry Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Neuro & Allied Sciences (V.I.M.H.A.N.S.) No 1 Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar New Delhi-110065 India

Experience
  • More than Eighteen years of clinical, research and teaching experience at the premier institutes of India
  • Guidance and supervision of  Postgraduate psychiatry students and Ph D research work
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary mental health team of Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist and Nursing staff
  • Active participant in workshops/ CMEs / academic activities conducted by national and international agencies i.e. APA, NACO, NIAAA, WPA, IPS, CINP and ISBD.
Membership

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, VIMHANS

Special Interest
  • Adult Psychiatry
    • Depression; Bipolar Mood Disorders; Schizophrenia; OCD
    • Substance use disorders: Alcohol and Drug abuse.
    • Adult ADHD
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Sonali Bali

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area,, Nehru Nagar

Experience
  • Gained clinical experience at KEM Hospital (Mumbai), Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) and G.B Pant Hospital (Delhi).
  • Involved in academic programs and Teaching of post graduation, MBBS and psychology students.
  • Pursued certified courses in:
    • Play Therapy for Children
    • Community Based Disaster Risk Management Certified by National Institute of Disaster Management and World Bank Institute
  • Participated in trainings related to:
    • Understanding and teaching children with autism spectrum disorder(Action for Autism)
    • Child and adolescent health training workshop at AIIMS
    • Workshop on good clinical practise
    • ICMR-WHO national workshop on Urban Mental Health
    • Psychological approaches to pain management (AIIMS)
    • International workshop in epilepsy
    • Presented papers in national and international conferences.
Specialization

Psychiatrist

Membership

Consultant Psychiatrist, Vimhans

Special Interest

General Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent problems, Drug Abuse treatment and Rehabilitation Marital and Psychosexual disorders, Problems of old age, Neuropsychiatry, Burn out/stress in professionals and students, Psychotherapy.

Dr Mausumi Sinha

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Experience
  • Clinical-
  • Expertise in treating Adult Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Drug de addiction, Psychotic Disorders and Relationship problems for more than 15 years.
  • Working in liason with other departments of the institute.
  • Psychiatry consultancy in mental health boards and mental health camps organized by the Government of West Bengal.
  • Teaching-
  • Teaching faculty in the specialty of Psychiatry for the course of DNB Psychiatry (NBE) and guiding students pursuing the course in their dissertation.
  • Medical College faculty position under West Bengal Medical Education Service (WBMES), Government of West Bengal for 15 years.
  • Lecture classes and OPD/bedside clinical training of:
  • Undergraduate students of the Medical College- II, VIII and IX Semesters
  • Post-graduate –Degree and Diploma of Psychiatry, Community Medicine, Physical Medicine (WBUHS), Psychology (Pure and Applied)- M.A./M.Phil courses (IGNOU, RabindraBharati University, Calcutta University and Barasat West Bengal StateUniversity).
  • Nursing- BSc and MSc nursing (WBUHS).
Specialization

Psychiatrist

Membership
  • Fellow of Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Life Member of Indian Medical Association
Special Interest
  • Research in the field of Psychiatry exploring the nuances of life, culture and habitation.
  • Cognitive neurosciences with emphasis on Geriatric Psychiatry (Dementia, Movement disorders, Parkinson’s Disease).
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (10 CME Credits) on Epilepsy
  • (American Academy of Neurology)
  • Certification on “Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation of Psychiatric
  • Disorders-ECT, RTMS, TDCS” (NIMHANS,Bangalore)
  • Trained on “Medical Education, Research and Technology”
  • (Medical Teacher Training Centre, Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Kolkata, Government of West Bengal).
  • Certification in “Biostatistics and Research Methodology”
  • (Government of West Bengal)
Dr Nandita Hazari

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 4.00 PM)

Presently

Consultant Psychiatrist VIMHANS Hospital since February 2018 till date

Experience
  • Six years of clinical, research and teaching experience at AIIMS, Delhi, PGIMER, Chandigarh, KEM Hospital Mumbai and a one year fellowship in OCD at NIMHANS, Bengaluru before joining VIMHANS
  • Trained in pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and non invasive brain stimulation for Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Extensive clinical training in management of substance use disorders at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS
  • Extensive training in managing depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders
  • Supervision of training and research of post graduate students
  • Active participation in workshops, CMEs and conferences
Specialization

Psychiatrist

Membership
  • Member of Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Member of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent mental health
  • Member of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry
Special Interest

Adult Psychiatry

Obsessive compulsive disorder:I have done a one year fellowship in OCD from NIMHANS, Bengaluru where I received training in clinical aspects, cognitive behavior therapy and use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (tDCS and rTMS) in OCD.

Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD): During my MD training, my thesis dissertation was on ADHD and sleep disturbances

Dr. Anukriti Verma

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Experience
  • Gained clinical experience at 2 tertiary care psychiatric hospitals – IHBAS, VIMHANS and at a general hospital psychiatric unit at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
  • Expertise in handling cases of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, OCD, Anxiety disorders, personality issues and Drug addiction, Violent behavior.
  • Special expertise and experience in handling child and adolescent problems – hyperactivity, academic declines, aggression , poor adjustment.
  • Expertise in handling behavioral problems in persons with various medical diseases and in elderly and physically disabled health issues in burns patients, victims of sexual trauma, and child birth related issues.
  • Expertise in cases of body dysmorphic disorder and skin diseases.
Specialization

Psychiatrist

Special Interest
  • Clearing myths and misconceptions about mental health disorders and propagating a scientific understanding of dysfunctional behavior / mood and thought process.
  • Lifestyle changes in persons with mental behavioral problems including advice on diet + nutrition.
  • Neurocognitive remediation of patients with schizophrenia.
Dr. Shivani Aggarwal

M.R.C. Psych (Member of Royal college of Psychiatrists U.K)

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Experience
  • Psychiatric Experience:
    • Ward Work: day-to-day management of psychiatric and physical illnesses of in-patients. Take responsibility for initial assessment, develop a care plan and involve other members of multi-disciplinary team (CPN’s, day service, clinical psychologist) as appropriate and participate in CPA review.
    • Gained a wide experience of various types of psychopathology that occur within the remit of Psychiatry.
    • Outpatient Clinics: I run out-patient clinics 6 days a week presently.
    • Community Psychiatry: familiar with home treatment strategies and the structure of community mental health care.
    • On-Call Experience: as an SHO in the trust I was taking part in the resident on-call rotations.
    • Risk Assessment: Experience in risk assessment and the management of Psychiatric emergencies and use of Section 5 (2), 12(2) of the mental health act (UK).
    • ECT: Involved in taking part in ECT Rotations.
    • Participation in Child protection conferences and knowledge of court procedures.
    • Preparation of reports for and attendance at mental health review tribunals.
  • General Practice: Have worked in rural hospital of the Himachal Pradesh Government (India) and was responsible for the following tasks:
    • Complete supervision of the Immunization Programs for children (including school heath programme).
    • Reporting and management of acute respiratory infections in children under 5 years.
    • Providing Family Planning and Antenatal care services.
    • Outpatient Clinic under senior supervision.
    • Health Education of the public through health lectures in the hospital.
    • Provide training and educational sessions for the paramedical team.
    • Conducted health programmes for health promotion e.g. educating people importance of sanitation and safe water
  • General Medicine:
    • Management of common medical conditions including ischaemic heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Manual Skills/ Practical Procedures: throughout my practice I learned many manual and practical skills such as CPR.
Specialization

Psychiatrist

Membership
  • GMC FULL Registration number 6040765
  • Inceptor of Royal College Of Psychiatrists
  • Delhi Medical Council- Registration Number (India) 32266
  • Fully registered to practice Medicine in India
Ms. Naina Sharma

M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Specialization

Young adult

Ms. Somya Jain

M.Phil. in clinical Psychology

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

nstitutional Area,, Nehru Nagar

Specialization

Adult Psychology

Ms. Namrata Gupta

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Specialization

Adult Psychology

Ms. Decency Rajput

MPhil. Clinical Psychology

Wed, Sat (9 AM - 5 PM)

MPhil. Clinical Psychology

Dr. Monalisa Palit

1997 Ph.D. Macquarie University Sydney, Australia. 1990 Masters in Psychology from Delhi University (University Rank Holder) 1988 Graduation from Jesu

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 2.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Nagar

Specialization

Psychologist(Child)

Membership

Senior Consultant – Clinical Psychology (Specialization in Children & Adolescent Mental Health Issues), VIMHANS

Special Interest

Developmental Issues with children along with parenting and Early intervention

Dt. Shuchi Sharma

MON - SAT (8.00 AM TO 6.00 PM)

Address

Delhi

Specialization

Dietician

Dt. Rashmi Bhatia

MON - SAT (8.00 AM TO 6.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Dietician

Dr Deepali Rao

Ph.D., M.Phil. in clinical Psychology

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Psychologist(Child)

Special Interest
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Special Children Issues
  • Parenting and Young adult issues
Mrs. Harpreet Kaur

M.Phil in clinical Psychology

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Child Psychology

MR. Prateek Gaur

Physiotherapist

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Physiotherapist

MR. Ashutosh

Masters in Occupational Therapy.

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Experience

6 years of Clinical experience.

Specialization

Occupational Therapist

Mr. Rashid Saifi

Masters in Occupational Therapy

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Neurology

Ms. Sadia Khanum

Masters in Occupational Therapy

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Pediatrics

Mrs. Neeti Diwedi

M.Sc. Child Development

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Special Educator

Ms. Deepika Mahendru

Speech Therapist

MON - SAT (10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM)

Address

Institutional Area, Nehru Naga

Specialization

Speech Therapist

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