Psychiatry Associates Blog

Mental Health Terminology: Commonly Misused Terms

We live in a time when society has, fortunately, become more aware of mental health disorders and how they may impact patients and their loved ones.  These conditions and the medications needed to treat them are gaining increasing mainstream acceptance.  However, with this acceptance comes a few lingering misconceptions and some misused terminology.  While the immediate impact of using an incorrect term may seem minimal, continuing our forward strides in psychiatry and mental health care in general depends on using these words and phrases accurately.  Below are some of the more common terms and the ways that they are often misused throughout our society.

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Navigating the Holiday Season With an Eating Disorder

We hear a lot about the stress or depression that the holiday season can trigger.  Families may be concerned about affording gifts or finding childcare during school breaks, whereas others may find this time of year painful due to the loss of a loved one.  However, there is another, often overlooked, segment of the population that faces a unique set of obstacles during this time: those with eating disorders.

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Childhood Anxiety vs ADHD: Knowing the Difference

Your child has trouble focusing in the classroom.  Their behavior is disruptive, with emotional outbursts occurring often, and they are inefficient at completing their tasks.  Their teacher may bring up the possibility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or perhaps the possibility has already been lingering in your mind.  And, while it is certainly natural to grasp at a plausible explanation for difficult behavior, parents should also know that ADHD is not the only mental health condition hallmarked by these symptoms.

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How Does Cumulative Stress Affect Anxiety?

You’ve experienced a few stressful events recently, and although they are now past, you still are not feeling quite like yourself.  Perhaps you find that you are always fatigued, frequently irritable, or are unable to allow yourself to relax.  You’re worried about the next possible event and imagining scenarios in which things could go wrong.  If this experience sounds familiar, there is a strong likelihood that you are suffering from anxiety triggered by cumulative stress.

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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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