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Dr. Rehana Amin

  • Assistant Professor & I/C Head
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • GMC Handwara


    As the In-charge Head it is my honor to welcome you to the newly established Department of Psychiatry, GMC Handwara. The Departmentof Psychiatry started with the creation of GMC Handwara in the year 2022 with an aim to provide better mental health care services to all those who are in need. Mental health is a universal human right. Everyone has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health irrespective of their caste, culture, and creed. Mental health is as important as physical health which fits the adage that “a sound mind resides in a sound body” and vice-versa. Nowadays, life has become so demanding that mental health is greatly affected and often neglected. Most of the people don’t know how mental health issues present. They often wander here and there, till the time when simple mental health issues have turned into full-blowndisorders. Mental disorders have taken a toll and are the second most common cause of disability worldwide. The attitude of people towards mental disorders is quite negative. The probable reasons behind the indifferent approach towards mental illnesses or persons with mental illness are either people don’t believe mental illnesses exist or don’t know what mental illnesses are. They also lack insight into mental illnesses or fear of seeking help due to associated stigma and societal discrimination. It does not mean a person is no longer useful once his or her mental health is not optimal. Having a mental illness does not deprive him or her of their rights.So, taking care of our mental health must be our priority. The people from North Kashmir especially district Kupwara and adjoining areas had to travel long distances to seek mental health treatment due to the unavailability of mental health care professionals in this part of the world. To bridge this gap the Department of Psychiatry provides easily available and accessible high-quality mental health treatment to the deserving population. Presently in the Department of Psychiatry, trained mental health professionals like three Psychiatrists, two trained junior residents, and counsellors along with a team fromthe District Mental Health Unit are available. Currently, the department is running six outpatient (OPD) services in a week wherein patients are getting psychiatric consultations besides counselling and psychotherapy (in collaboration with DMHU).The consultation liaison Psychiatry services are also provided by the Department side by side. Profoundly,as the first academic session of this medical college starts this year 2023, the Departmentof Psychiatry is actively participating in all the academic activities of undergraduate students and is committed to imparting basic knowledge of the subject to them.

Vision and goals

Short-term goals are
  • To strengthen the already existing OPD services by starting separate specialty clinics like the child psychiatry clinic, women's mental health clinic, and geriatric psychiatry clinic to improve the diagnostic evaluation, and treatment process.
  • Also, an important need of the hour would be to establish an advanced independent Drug De-addiction Centre under GMC Handwara to curb the hidden epidemic of substance use disorder.
  • Shortly, with the increase in the infrastructure and manpower, the department would be able to start the inpatient facilities and introduce novel methods of treatment like deep brain stimulation techniques to our already existing services and means of treatment.
Long-term goals are :
  • To start postgraduate MD and DNB courses so that highly qualified professionals will be trained in mental health and related research to contribute to the diverse field of Psychiatry.
  • On a greater platform, the department would like to develop links with related departments like neurology and neurosurgery to form an Institute of Neuroscience an integrated and highly sophisticated model to provide the best possible treatment by allied medical branches.
  • The department can reach the heights of being a centre of excellence in academic, research, and clinical fields with constant support and guidance from Principal GMC, Handwara, and the Health and Medical Education Department of the Government of J&K.

Current Position :

  • Assistant Professor & Head Department of Psychiatry GMC Handwara from September 2023

Qualification :

  • MBBS & Internship- GMC Srinagar (2007-2012 & 2013)
  • MD Psychiatry- GMC Srinagar (2014-2017June)
  • Previous Work Experience :

    • Ex-Registrar Department of Psychiatry GMC Srinagar (2017June-2020September)
    • Ex-Lecturer Department of Psychiatry GMC Srinagar (2020September-2023August)

    Research Work

    • 1. Amin, R., Maqbool, M., Nazir, T., & Maqbool, M. (2022). Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Pregnant Females who tested positive for COVID-19 Cross-sectional study from South Kashmir India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(Suppl 3), S593.
    • 2. Amin, R., Nazir, T., & Margoob, M. A. (2022). Psychological intervention in Pandemic Related Pregnancy Stress among women pregnant during COVID-19: An Experience from South Kashmir, India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(Suppl 3), S592.
    • 3. Amin, R., Dar, M. M., & Nazir, D. (2022). Inert substance vs. Tramadol in Opioid withdrawal pain- A Comparison Study. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(Suppl 3), S593.
    • 4. Khan, U. R., Sheikh, J. A., Junaid, A., Amin, R., Ashraf, S., & Ahmed, S. (2022). Design of a compact hybrid Moore’s fractal-inspired wearable antenna for IoT-enabled bio-telemetry in diagnostic health monitoring system. IEEE Access, 10, 116129-116140.
    • 5. Kawoos, Y., Maqbool, M., Amin, R., Wani, Z., Farooq, Z., & Margoob, M. A. (2022). Maternal mental health and its determinants during COVID-19, experience from Kashmir, Northern India. Journal of family medicine and primary care, 11(6), 2870-2876.
    • 6. Nazir, T., Amin, R., & Maqbool, M. (2022). Emotional difficulties in pregnant females who tested positive for COVID-19: A cross-sectional study from South Kashmir, India. Journal of education and health promotion, 11.
    • 7. Amin, R., Younis, S., Margoob, M. A., & Dar, M. M. (2022). Impact of Aggression on Quality of Life in Healthy Adults during COVID-19 Pandemic Online Survey from Kashmir, India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(Suppl 3), S592.
    • 8. Rehana Amin, Seema Batool, Yuman Kawoos, Masood Maqbool, Altaf Malla and Mohammad Maqbool. The Possible Link Between Vitamin D Levels and Restless Leg Syndrome: A Hospital-Based Case-Control Study from Kashmir, India; Int. J. Adv. Res. 9(05), 1362-1367.
    • 9. Rehana amin, sabah Younis, Zaid ahmad wani. Faith healing practices in the pathway to care for mental illnesses- a study from Kashmir, India. International journal of applied research 2021;11(5).
    • 10.Rehana amin, Insha Mehraj. Knowledge and attitude towards mandatory rapid antigen detection test among patients planned for electroconvulsive therapy- a hospital-based study from Kashmir, India; International Journal of Applied Research 2021;11(5).
    • 11.Waris Ahmad Zargar, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Rehana Amin, Hamid Ismail, Sanjeet Kour, Seema Batool. Sociodemographic profile of schizophrenia patients on oral antipsychotics and long-acting antipsychotics - a hospital-based study. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2018;5(9):11-I3.
    • 12.Rehana Amin, Zaid Ahmad Wani, Muhammad Maqbool Dar, Mohd Altaf Paul, Waris Zargar, Seema Batool. Sexual dysfunction in married female patients on antidepressants in Kashmir valley. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2018;5(1):6-9.
    • 13.Rehana Amin, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Sumaira Maqbool, Mohd Altaf Paul, Yuman Kawoos, Waris Zargar. Clinical presentation and life events in patients with functional neurological symptom disorder presenting to psychiatric emergency OPD - a hospital-based study. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2017;4(12):1-5.
    • 14.Kawoos Y, Wani ZA, Shah IA, Rather YH, Zarger WA, Amin R. Knowledge and attitude of patients and their relatives towards electro-convulsive therapy: a study from a tertiary care center in Northern India. Int J Res Med Sci 2017;5:2433-7.
    • 15.Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Rehana Amin, Zaid Ahmad Wani, Mohd. Altaf Paul. Sociodemographic profile of patients with conversion disorder –a study from Kashmir. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2016;3(2):539-541.
    • 16.Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Fazl E Roub, Mohd Muzaffar Jan, Rehana Amin, Shahid Sulayman. Non-adherence with pharmacotherapy among patients attending psychiatry OPD: a study from Kashmir. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2016;3(3):755-758.

    Book chapters

    • 1. Amin, R., Ara, S., & Imtiaz, M. (2022). Counselling During COVID-19. In Education Reform in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic (pp. 43-58). IGI Global.
    • 2. Amin, R., & Dar, M. M. (2023). Self-Management During the COVID-19 Crises. Emotional Intelligence for Leadership Effectiveness: Management Opportunities and Challenges during Times of Crisis, 82.
    • 3. Sheikh, J. A., Akhtar, S., &Amin, R. (2023). A New Method of 5G-Based Mobile Computing for IoT Applications. In Federated Learning for Internet of Medical Things (pp. 85-103). CRC Press.

    Teaching and training Experience

    • Completed a certified course on Geriatric Mental Health Organised by Department of Geriatric Mental Health of Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur.
    • 7 years of post-PG teaching experience in the Field of Psychiatry
    • Completed mental health gap training program from 6th Aug to 8th Aug 2014 in the use of Child and Adolescent modules of WHO validated mhGAP intervention guide, coordinated by the Royal College of Psychiatry London and Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences-Kashmir at GMC Srinagar.
    • Attended the online course on Legal Telehealth 2020 offered by the medicolegal publisher (hours of participation 4).
    • Completed a program as a trainer to MO of DHSK in training them in MENTAL HEALTH
    • Besides this more than 50 participations and number of presentations at different national and international conferences of Psychiatry in India.

    Awards and Honours

    • First position in Forensic Medicine in MBBS.
    • First position in MD Psychiatry.

    Professional Membership

    • Life member of Jammu and Kashmir Psychiatric Society.
    • LOM of IPS
    • Life member of the IPS-North zone

    Dr. Saif u Din

    • M.B.B.S & MD Psychiatry (PGI Chandigarh)
    • Consultant Psychiatrist / Nodal Officer-Addiction Treatment Facility
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara

    Dr. Mehraj u Din Malik

    • M.B.B.S &, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychiatry
    • Psychiatrist and Programme officer- District Mental Health Unit
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara


    • Programme officer - District Mental Health Unit
    • Ex- Sr Resident Department of Psychiatry, GMC Baramulla
    • Worked as a Doctor at Guru Nanak Dev Multi Speciality Hospital, Ludhiana Punjab.
    • Ex- Sr Resident Department of Psychiatry IIMS&R Integral University Lucknow
    • Ex- Jr Resident Department of Psychiatry, MDS Medical College and Hospital Farukhabad UP


    • Life ordinary member, Indian Psychiatry Society, Chennai

    Dr. Sunayah Sani

    • MBBS DU
    • Resident Department of Psychiatry
    • GMC Handwara
    • Current Position; Resident in the Department of Psychiatry


    • Able to use empathetic skills in dealing with patients with psychiatry illness
    • Communication skills

    Dr. Owais Ahmed Mir

    • MBBS DU
    • Resident Department of Psychiatry
    • GMC Handwara
    • Current Position; Resident in the Department of Psychiatry

    Work Experience

    • total years of experience in the medical field is 6 years
    • Ex-resident Department of Psychiatry, JIMS
    • Ex-resident Department of Medicine, SKIMMS SOURA
    • Ex resident CMO GMC Baramulla


    • Awarded for outstanding performance in patient care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and otherwise on National Doctors day


    • Crisis intervention
    • Suicide risk assessment/clinical supervision
    • Motivational skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Empathetic skills

    Mr. Malikzada Raashid Rashid

    • MBA-Lovely Professional University
    • Programme Manager- District Mental Health Unit / Nodal Officer – Tele MANAS.
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara

    Previous Experience

    • Worked as Prahri Manager for DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Private Limited.
    • Worked as EDP Incharge for Hyundai India Private Limited.
    • Worked as Assistant Manager for Karvy Stock Broking Limited, Hyderabad.
    • Founding member of Throwkart Infotech Private Limited.


    • A Study on Customer satisfaction towards Banking services of HDFC Bank in Kupwara Town.
    • Comparative Analysis of KSBL with its competitors


    • Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in Excel 2010 by Microsoft Inc.
    • Microsoft Office Certified by RCPL India
    • Youth Money Olympiad 2016 by Money-Wizards in Association with Principal Mutual Funds.
    • Certification of Stock Mind 3 Grads given by ICICI Direct Centre of Financial Learning.
    • Big Data 101 Certified by IBM Big Data University.

    Workshops & Seminars

    • Attended “Indian School of Business-Mohali Leadership Summit”, 2015.
    • Attended an international conference on ‘Strategies for Global Competitiveness and Economic Growth’ by Dr. Al-Masoudi, 2015 at LPU Jalandhar
    • Attended workshop on, ‘Digital Marketing’, June 2013, Lovely Professional University
    • Completed Semester workshop on, ‘Computerized Accounting’, June 2012, Lovely Professional University

    Technical Skill and Competencies

    • Team Leadership
    • Fundamental and Technical Analysis
    • Excel Modelling
    • Market Research
    • DBMS and Microsoft Suit
    • Strategic Planning and Team Management
    • Derivatives and Excel Modelling.

    Mr. Khurshid Ahmad Teli

    • PG in Psychology
    • Clinical Psychologist- District Mental Health Unit
    • ATrained from IMHANS-Kashmir in the treatment of substance use and related disorders
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara


    • Advocacy and Active Listening
    • Emotional intelligence and empathy
    • Patience and Persuasion.
    • Psychotherapy
    • Biopsychosocial model understanding of mental disorders
    • Trained in Multi-behaviour Therapy and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
    • Trained in drug addiction treatment and relapse prevention.

    Mr. Waheed Ahmad

    • PG Sociology - IGNOU
    • Psychiatric Social Worker- District Mental Health Unit
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara


    • Advocacy and Active Listening
    • Communication Skills
    • Critical thinking
    • Emotional intelligence and empathy
    • Patience and Persuasion
    • Time Management Skills

    Miss. Shabeena Akther

    • Qualification-GNM
    • PPsychiatric Nurse- District Mental Health Unit
    • Associated District Hospital GMC Handwara


    • Advocacy and Active Listening
    • Emotional intelligence and empathy
    • Patience and Persuasion.
    • Psychosocial management
    • Drug Dispensing
    • Crisis intervention
    • Drug testing


    01 Dr. Rehana Amin MBBS. MD Psychiatry Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Assistant Professor 9596575213 drrehanaamin2@gmail.com


    03 Dr. Suniya Sani MBBS RESIDENT 9541976915
    04 Dr. Owais Ahmad Mir MBBS RESIDENT 7006775162
    05 Mr. Khursheed Ahmad PG PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHOLOGIST DMHP 7006226321
    07 Mr. Raashid Rashid MBA PROGRAMME MANAGER- DMHP / NODAL OFFICER Tele MANAS 8825044955
    08 Miss Shabeena GNM NURSE DMHP 7889426702

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