Basics of Mental Health & Clinical Psychiatry

By Prof. ARIJITA BANERJEE, Prof. SUMIT KUMAR   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 959
The main goal of this course is to provide an introductory exposure to nature of various psychiatric disorders as well as provide concept based learning to undergraduates in Healthcare sector. The course will feature understanding of mental health and illness influenced by social factors, etiological factors due to imbalance of neurochemicals, and various interventions to manage mental illness to enhance science of happiness and mental wellbeing.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: MBBS students, BSc Nursing students, Clinical Psychology students

PREREQUISITES: MBBS, BSc Nursing, BA Psychology

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Healthcare sector
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: 1. Introduction to Neuro-anatomy
               2. Cerebellum & its functions
               3. Basal Ganglia & its functions
               4. Thalamus & Hypothalamus
               5. Cerebral Cortex
Week 2: 1. Synapse & Neurotransmitters -1
               2. Synapse & Neurotransmitters -2
               3. Limbic system
               4. Physiology of Emotion
               5. Reticular Formation
Week 3: 1. Electrical Activity of Brain
               2. Principles of Personality development
               3. Descriptive Psychopathology
               4. Schizophrenia
               5. Mood disorders-1
Week 4: 1. Mood disorders-2
               2. Anxiety disorders-1
               3. Anxiety disorders-2
               4. Eating disorders
               5.Physiology of sleep
Week 5: 1. Sleep disorders
               2. Learning & Memory-1
               3. Learning & Memory-2
               4. Neurocognitive disorders-1
               5. Neurocognitive disorders-2
Week 6: 1. Substance abuse-1
               2. Substance abuse-2
               3. Physiology of Sensations
               4. Psychosomatic illness
               5.Emergency Psychiatry
Week 7: 1. Psychiatric disorders of childhood
               2. Psychiatric disorders of adolescence
               3. Psychological Therapies-1
               4. Psychological Therapies-2
               5. Psychological tests
Week 8: 1. Antipsychotic drugs
               2. Antidepressants
               3. Mood stabilizing drugs
               4. Antianxiety drugs
               5. Forensic Psychiatry

Books and references

1. Kaplan & Saddock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry 10 th edition
2. Oxford Book of Psychiatry 3rd edition
3. Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology-Thieme
4. Guyton & Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology 14th edition

Instructor bio


IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Arijita Banerjee received her DNB and MD in physiology. She was attached to various institutes like PGIMS Rohtak and Maulana Azad Medical college, Delhi for residency programme. Currently she is working as Assistant Professor In Dr BC Roy Multi-speciality Medical research Centre, IIT Kharagpur, India. Profr Banerjee has an interest in neural control of cardiorespiratory function with an emphasis on the characterization and origin of the naturally occurring discharges of sympathetic and phrenic nerves. She is a recipient of various awards and has published articles both on national and international platforms. She is also a life time member of American Physiological society and Indian Physiological Society


Prof. Sumit Kumar received his MD in Psychiatry. He was attached to various institutes like JSS Medical College Mysore, KIMS Bhubaneshwar, IHBAS Delhi and Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital, Kolkata. Currently he is working as Associate specialist in Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur. Prof Sumit has an interest in consultation liaison psychiatry. He has good number of publications both on national and international platform.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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