Psychiatry Associates Blog

PTSD After a Natural Disaster:  The Facts You Need to Know

A little over a year ago, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas experienced flooding of historic proportions.  In a matter of days, 6.9 trillion gallons of water fell throughout the state with devastating consequences.  Many lost their homes, cars, possessions, and priceless keepsakes and then had to pick up and begin the arduous process of rebuilding it all.  It was undoubtedly a trying time but one that Louisiana got through with grace.  Then, a year later, our neighbors in Texas faced similar circumstances as Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Houston metro area, and for many, the heartbreak for these new flood victims was matched only by their own physical and emotional reactions to such traumatic memories.

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Baton Rouge Telepsychiatry Makes Care More Accessible

Technology has undeniably revolutionized the way we live our day-to-day lives.  We have instant access to more information than we could fathom.  We can easily connect with long lost friends, make a quick phone call from wherever we may be, or find a product we want and order it within the span of a few minutes.  Yet, despite how simplistic technology has made some tasks, it has also led many to be busier than ever. 

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Helping Baton Rouge Students Cope with Back-to-School Stress

New situations are enough to make even adults feel anxious.  Imagine stepping back into work after a months-long absence.  You face your old co-workers for the first time, while also being introduced to brand new co-workers and a new boss.  The dynamics have changed, and you aren’t quite sure how or where you’ll fit in.  You would likely feel nervous and a bit apprehensive.  Students weather this exact scenario every single year, and they do it with the added social and educational pressures that come with youth. 

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OCD: An Overview of Effective Treatments

From the outside looking in, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) would seem to be mainstream.  There are regular references to the condition in the media, and most of us have heard the phrase, “I’m so OCD” muttered once or twice.  The problem, however, is that none of these representations are an accurate reflection of what it is truly like to live with OCD. 

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Bipolar Disorder: The Importance of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

As early as the first century, Ancient Greeks observed that there were those who were prone to episodes of “mania” or “melancholia.”  Of course, it would take centuries more before these episodes were given names (first manic-depressive and then bipolar disorder).  And, it would be decades beyond that before mental health professionals would be able to identify the full range of the bipolar spectrum.

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General Anxiety Disorder: Risks, Symptoms, & Treatments in Baton Rouge

Experiencing anxiety from time to time is normal. Worrying about things like health, money, or family problems is common. But, when is worrying not normal?

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Identifying Mental Health Disorders in Baton Rouge Children and Adolescents

Have you noticed a sudden shift in your child’s weight, sleeping pattern, behavior, or school performance? Has your child lost interest in friends or activities? Are they prone to frequent outbursts of anger or defiance?

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(VIDEO) How Important is Summer Downtime for Baton Rouge Children and Teens?

Another school year is ending. While your children and teens can’t wait for the freedom and relaxation of summer, you worry that a complete departure from routine will cause your child to forget what they learned and make returning to school in August all the more difficult.

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What Baton Rouge Needs to Know About Bipolar Disorder

Are you or your loved ones exhibiting signs of bipolar disorder? Are lifestyle or genetic factors putting you at risk? How is bipolar diagnosed and treated? When it comes to the mental health of you and your loved ones, unanswered questions and the wide open web can lead to self-diagnosis and self-treatment, which can create significant problems for you and your loved ones.

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How to Help During Your Child's Panic Attack

Watching your child suffer from anxiety and irrational fear is one of the most difficult things to go through for a parent. In some cases, these apprehensions can become severe and culminate in a panic attack.

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