First Pakistan Psychiatric Society National Guideline Meeting Bhurbhan Report

Report by
Dr Ali Ahsan Mufti
Information Secretary Pakistan Society


First Pakistan Psychiatric Society National  Guidelines Meeting was held at Bhurbhan from 10-12 September 2021. There were lot of topics discussed related to Mental Health Disorders by Eminent Speakers nationwide.

In the Inaugural Ceremony of the meeting, President  World Psychiatric Association Professor Dr Afzal Javed in a video message congratulated the society for developing the guidelines which would be really helpful in assessment and management of psychiatric disorders. Prof Dr Waqar Azeem, Prof Mujeeb shaad & Dr Shahid Lateef also conveyed their  video messages.

The Meeting also Had Key Note lectures by Prof Khalid Mufti (Healing The Healers), Prof Fareed Aslam Minhas (Leadership In Mental Health), Prof Unaiza Niaz (Selection of trainees in Psychiatry) and Prof Moudat Rana (Psychiatry Beyond Guidelines)

Earlier in inaugural ceremony, information secretary Dr. Ali Ahsan Mufti introduced uplifting of website with new services and new theme which was followed by general secretary report by Dr Zainullah Khan and Presidential Speech By Prof Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Doger

Background of Guidelines

In Pakistan about 15 years ago, Anxiety management guidelines  were developed by a board that was initiative of a pharmaceutical company. Similarly About 13 years ago guidelines for management of Major Depressive disorder was developed with the efforts of late Prof. Haroon Rashid Chaudry when was President of Pakistan Psychiatric Society

Why Guidelines Are Needed

Many countries and Mental Health Organizations/ Societies developed guidelines for mental health disorders, according to their own culture and perspective keeping in the light of recent advances. Therefore there was a dire need in Pakistan for such movement.

A consensus document was required as a PPS publication

After taking oath, the cabinet of (2021-2022) in their 1st meeting of executive committee in December 2020 approved the working of PPS National Guidelines. Topics were decided &

Other PPS members were also given open option to choose topics

List Authors for National Guidlelines:

Dementia /Delirium

Prof. Dr.Asad Tamizuddin/ Dr Saqib Siddiqi

Women Mental Health

Prof. Dr. Unaiza Niaz/ Dr. Sumaira Qamber

Organic psychiatry

Prof. Dr. Wajid Akhunzada

Impulse control

Prof. Dr. Mujtaba

Eating/Feeding Disorder

Dr Ali Ahsan Mufti


Dr. Faheem /Dr Fatima Amir khan


Prof. Dr. Mujtaba

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Prof. Dr. Shakoor/ Prof. Dr Naeem Laghari/ Dr Ayesha Rashid

Anxiety Disorders

Prof. Robina Aslam/ Dr Asif Kamal/ Dr Azhar Kazmi


Prof Dr. Ali Mehdi Hashmi and Team


Prof. Dr. Mowdad Hussain Rana, Dr Sawera

List For Reviewers

• Prof Raza ur Rahman

• Prof Mowadat H Rana

• Prof M Iqbal Afridi

• Dr. Alpatgin

• Prof Naeem Siddiqi

• Dr.Usman Amin Hotiana

• Dr.Faiza Athar

• Prof M Mujtaba

• Prof Ali Burhan Mustafa

• Dr.Nadeem Bajwa

• Prof Brig. Farrukh

• Dr.Minal Farrukh

• Dr.Khalid Gill

• Dr Irum Siddique

• Dr Mubarra Sikandar

• Ms Samreen Afzal

• Dr Nighat Haider

• Dr Tayyaba Ikram


• Focused on all aspects of mental health

• Multiple authors (More than 15 Professors & Consultants)

• Authors with Special interest written relevant chapters

• Properly reviewed

• Beneficial for:

  1. Residents
  2. Early carrier psychiatrists
  3. GPs,
  4. Medical Specialist


• Not published data based

• More research required for verification of things

• Copy and paste from other published guidelines although plagiarism check as well. 

• Still requiring uniform format

Future Plans

• Child Psychiatry Guidelines

• Individual disorder wise detailed booklet

• Patient and Family education booklets

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