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Dr. Arun K

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Dr. Arun K

Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor
Associated with NIMHANS as faculty since (Month and Year)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Employment History





Junior Resident,      Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS



Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS



Senior Resident, Geriatric Clinic, NIMHANS



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Center



Assistant Professor (under Centre for Addiction Medicine), Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India,


Till date

Educational Qualifications
MD Psychiatry
Awards, Fellowships and Recognitions, Memberships


1.       First prize in state level Psychiatry quiz for undergraduates during the year 2002-2003 conducted by Tamilnadu branch of Indian Psychiatry Society.
2.       Recipient of Dr. Venkoba Rao Gold medal in Psychiatry for undergraduates from Salem branch of Indian Psychiatric Society  for the year 2002-2003
3.       Awarded as a Fellow of Ramachandra N Moorthy Foundation for Mental Health and Neurological Sciences-2012.
4.       Travel Award and the Fellowship of Young Asian Psychiatrist 2013 for the Course on Leadership and Professional Development of Young Psychiatrists             at Bangkok organized by the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva in collaboration with the Psychiatric Association             of Thailand (PAT) , the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA).
1.       Life Fellow, Indian Psychiatric Society-IPS (2011)
2.       Life Member, Karnataka chapter of Indian Psychiatric Society-IPSKB (2013)
3.       Member, Asian Federation of Early Career Psychiatrist-AFECP (2013)
4.       Member, International Society of Addiction Medicine-ISAM (2014-19) Joint Secretary, The NIMHANS Faculty Association 2014-16

Contact Information,
Areas of Research Interest

           Addiction Medicine

           Adolescent Addiction Medicine

           Dual Diagnosis

           Internet Addiction Disorders

           Course and outcome of Addictive disorders

            Public health and Addictive disorder

Other Information


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Research Details   

Research Area 



Stigma experience and related barriers of help-seeking in psychosis, depressive disorders and alcohol use disorders: An exploratory study. Funded By:  NIMHANS Intramural Grant

Stigma and pathways to care in Psychiatric Disorders



Regional Technical Training Centre (RTTC) for Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST). Funded By:Global Fund for AIDS, Tobacco Round 9 (GFATM Rd9) India HIV-IDU 

Injecting Drug Users and Harm Reduction



Pattern and prevalence of Axis I Psychiatric Co-morbidity in patients with Substance Use Disorders – [PsyCoSUD]. Funded By:  NIMHANS Intramural Grant 

Dual Diagnosis



A clinical audit on the profile of patients at Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS who had unnatural death  between the period of 2010-2013 Non funded

Course and Outcome of Addictive Disorders

COMPLETED RESEARCH (in Past 10 years)

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Research Details   

Research Area / Key Words 



Efficacy and safety of Baclofen GRS for treatment of Alcohol Dependence: A randomized, double blind, Placebo controlled, comparative, parallel groups, multi-centric, 12 week study protocol No. CLR_09_23. Funded By: Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd (SPARC) 

Addiction Psychoparmacology



A study of symptom distress, depression and quality of life in advanced cancer patients in a palliative care center. Non funded




A study on pattern and outcome of inhalant use disorders in patients registered at Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS Non funded

Inhalant Use Disorders



Substance use disorders in Physicians-a tertiary care centre based study Non funded

Addictive Disorders in Special population 



Trends of profile and pattern of opioid use in patients with Opioid Dependence syndrome and their management between the years 2005-2012 at Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS Non funded

Opioid Dependence syndrome



Audit on the pattern and profile of substance use in Adolescent treatment seekers at Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS - a review of database from 2009 to 2014. Non funded

Adolescence and Addictive Disorders




1. Subodh BN, Murthy P, Chand PK, Arun K , Bala SN, BenegalV, Madhusudhan S. A case of poppy tea dependence in an octogenarian lady. Drug Alcohol Rev 2009.

2. Kandasamy A , Chaturvedi SK, Desai G. Spirituality, distress, depression, anxiety and quality of life in patients with advanced cancer. Indian J Cancer 2011;48:559

3. Kandasamy A , Srinath D. Levofloxacin induced acute anxiety and insomnia. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2012;3:2124.

4. Kandasamy A . Paliperidone as an alternative for Risperidone in a case of schizophrenia with retrograde ejaculation. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012;24:1001710018.

5. Satish R, Kandasamy A , Jayarajan D, Benegal V. Gabapentin Dependence in a patient with Opioid dependence Syndrome. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 2015;27(1):e64. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13110339.

6. Chand, Prabhat; Murthy, Pratima; Gupta, Vivek; Kandasamy, Arun ; Jayarajan, Deepak; Sethu, Lakshmanan; Benegal, Vivek; Varghese, Mathew; Komaromy, Miriam; Arora, Sanjeev, "Technology Enhanced Learning in Addiction Mental Health: Developing a Virtual Knowledge Network: NIMHANS ECHO," Technology for Education (T4E), 2014 IEEE Sixth International Conference on , vol., no., pp.229,232, 1821 Dec. 2014 doi: 10.1109/T4E.2014.14

7. Ramesh P, Gandhi S, Philip M, K andasamy A. Effectiveness of HIV education module in patients with substance use disorders (PSUD). International Journal of Current Research 2015;7(01): 1201115

8. Shukla L, Kandasamy A , Kesavan M, Benegal V. Baclofen in the short term maintenance treatment of benzodiazepine dependence. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2014;5:534.

9. Kandsamy A , Jayaram N, Benegal V. Baclofen as an anticraving agent for adolescent Inhalant dependence syndrome. Drug And Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12247

10. Malik K, Benegal V, Murthy P, Chand P, Arun K , Suman L N. Clinical audit of women with substance use disorders: Findings and implications. Indian J Psychol Med 2015;37:195200

11. Kandasamy A , Shetty PH. Mental health system in Bhutan. In Mental Health system in Asia by Dr Dinesh Bhugra.(IN PRESS)

12. Kandasamy A , Dhandapani A, Jadhav P, Sundar P, Chand P, Murthy P, Benegal V. Pattern and Profile of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in Physicians. Indian Journal of Medical Research .20140272(23114).(IN PRESS)

13. Shivakumar V, Agarwal SM, Bose A, Kandasamy A , Rao NP, Narayanaswamy JC,Venkatasubramanian G. Safety of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in Alcohol Induced Psychotic Disorder with Comorbid Psoriasis: A Case Report. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine ( (IN PRESS) )

14. Bhandawar M , Kandsamy A, Chand P, Murthy P, Benegal V. Adherence to Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment in opioid dependence syndrome: a case control study.Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (Manuscript No.IJPSYM_27_15 In Press )

15. Shukla L, Shukla T, Bokka S, Kandasamy A, Benegal V, Murthy P, Chand P. Correlates of baclofen’s effectiveness in alcohol dependence.Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (Manuscript No.IJPSYM_45_15 In Press )