Psychiatry Associates Blog

3 Tips to Make the Most of Telepsychiatry

Remember the hassles you regularly had to deal with before technology provided us with a constant internet connection and cell phones?  The inconvenience of waiting until you got home or stopping at a pay phone for a phone call, printing driving directions or pulling a map from the glove compartment or buying an entire album just to listen that one song you really loved weren’t given a second thought.  Today, such things would seem massively inconvenient.  As technology and connectivity have evolved, so too have our expectations, and now, those expectations are even being extended to our health care.

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4 Physical Manifestations of Anxiety

When a person thinks of anxiety, they often imagine the mental and emotional turmoil.  They likely envision someone who is high-strung, often nervous and prone to depression.  However, while anxiety can certainly manifest in these ways, there are several other potential side effects that are less commonly realized.  Key among these are the physical signs of an anxiety disorder.

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Living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What Patients Should Know

Ask anyone what they don’t like about their appearance, and they will likely have no trouble quickly pointing out their perceived flaws.  Perhaps they think their nose is too large, their lips too small, or their hair too thin.  There are nearly countless ways in which we can criticize our own physical appearance.  Still, most people think of these things only occasionally, and it doesn’t interfere with their daily lives.  Those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), on the other hand, are consumed with a fixation on these supposed flaws during most waking moments.

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Separation Anxiety in Children: Why it Happens and How to Help

As a parent, leaving your child in any new or unfamiliar situation is bound to be met with a certain amount of anxiety for both parties.  Such emotions are perfectly normal but often quickly subside.  Then, there are times when a child’s anxiety over being separated from their parent, caregiver, or home occurs more often than is typical and in settings that may not be unfamiliar to them.  In these instances, a child may be suffering from separation anxiety.

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7 Benefits of Telepsychiatry [INFOGRAPHIC]

With over 18 percent of the population experiencing mental health illness in a given year, the need for mental health care through psychiatry has never been more obvious.  Still, many don’t seek this care, often due to time and scheduling restraints.  Telepsychiatry addresses these hindrances and allows patients to get the care they need from anywhere and on a schedule that works best for them.  Below are seven of the top benefits of telepsychiatry and why it may just be the solution for you.

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Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms & Treatments

Based on the representations presented in movies and television, it would seem safe to assume that eating disorders nearly always come in the form of anorexia or bulimia.  Undeniably, these are awful diseases with which to contend, wreaking both emotional and physical havoc on their sufferers.  However, you may be surprised to learn that neither of these represent the most common eating disorder in America.  That distinction goes to binge eating disorder (BED).

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What is a Panic Attack?: Signs and Treatments

It isn’t uncommon to feel anxious or overwhelmed from time to time.  However, for roughly 18 percent of American adults, anxiety goes beyond the norm and can be classified as a disorder.  Among the most common types of anxiety disorders are phobias, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.  However, for 2.7% of the population, even this level of anxiety occasionally crosses the line into panic.

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How to Cope with Holiday Stress and Anxiety in Baton Rouge

It’s the season of cheer and joyful anticipation, but if you struggle with stress and anxiety, visions of sugarplums may be the furthest thing from your mind. While those feelings may make you feel alone and stressed around this time of year, it's important to understand that many people feel this way and that there are steps you can take to alleviate your anxiety.  Here are a few to try:

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The Impact of Chronic Disease on Mental Health

Sometimes, sources of anxiety or stress are fleeting, offering the promise of a reprieve in a matter of days, weeks, or even months.  While the struggle may feel endless, we often ultimately realize that there is an end in sight.  However, when it comes to living and managing day-to-day life with a chronic illness, there may be no such promise ahead.   As a result, chronic diseases can have a drastic impact on not only a patient’s physical health, but on their mental health as well.  In fact, as many as one-third of those diagnosed with a chronic illness will also experience symptoms of depression.

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Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The loss of a loved one is difficult at any time, but the holidays can be particularly hard.  Family and friends move into center focus this time of year as we gather around the dinner table or the Christmas tree to celebrate.  Meanwhile, holiday music, decorations, movies, and music all serve as unavoidable reminders of exactly how different this year will be to those past.

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