Behavioural sciences deal with the study of human behaviour using principles of psychology, sociology and anthropology. Psychology is a study of the human mind, i.e. thought, emotions, communications and behaviour. Sociology is the study of social influences. Anthropology is the study of racial and cultural aspects.
Behavioural sciences is a new subject that was introduced only five years ago. The purpose of teaching this subject is to teach doctors a humane approach towards their patients. It emphasizes the need to view the biological, psychological and social aspects of an illness.
Dr. Ghazala Musa Kazmi is the head of department of Psychiatry & Behavioural sciences. She is the best graduate of King Edward Medical College and Punjab University, when the university had five medical colleges. She has seven gold and nine silver medals, all for first positions.
Dr. Ghazala Musa Kazmi did her residency in Psychiatry from Vanderbilt University, U.S.A. She passed the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 1983. She did private practice in Houston, Texas for three years and then migrated back to Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Dr. Ghazala did private practice and volunteer work. She was a consultant psychiatrist at Hijaz Hospital, Gulberg, before being appointed as Assistant Professor and head of department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences at Central Park Medical College.
Dr. Ghazala has written two books and three booklets. She has four audio-cd’s and two video-cd’s. She is a well-known speaker and writer. She gives lectures to the students and sees patients in the psychiatry clinic at BIT hospital, Kasur.
Mrs. Nighat Iqbal is a psychologist with M.Sc. in psychology. She gives lectures to the students, performs assessments on the students and sees patients at the psychiatry clinic of BIT hospital, Kasur. She is a remarkable listener and a very caring person.
There is also a health worker Mohammed Hussain, at the psychiatry clinic in BIT hospital.
The students’ counseling service is manned by Mrs. Nighat Iqbal and Dr. Ghazala Musa Kazmi. The students are encouraged to seek help for their psychological problems. Common problems are the stress of studies and examinations.
The psychiatry clinic has done some research on the use of communication skills and massage techniques for psychiatric and psychological patients, as an aid to traditional counseling and medications. It plans to do further research in these areas.