Psychiatry Associates Blog

Burl Forgey, MD

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Improving Mental Health Through Exercise

When it comes to nearly any aspect of health, you have likely heard that a healthy diet and exercise are key. Of course, you've heard it so often because it's true. The human body thrives on the right type of fuel and burning that fuel through energy. Doing so keeps us trim and strong. It builds muscle, eliminates fat, and keeps vital components like the cardiovascular system running smoothly. In addition, it is also beneficial to the brain, positively impacting factors such as mood, sleep, and the release of stress hormones.

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5 Signs You may be Suffering from Depression

Being open and honest about mental health and asking yourself the tough questions can be one of the most difficult things a person has to do. Whether it is during a walk around the LSU lakes or while running errands around town, these questions may take over your mind when you least expect them. It is important to be armed with the right information in order to face these questions head on. Generally, you can rationalize, justify, or explain away anything you don't want to face. Unfortunately, taking this approach only delays the realization that you may not be able to tackle your problems alone, and you may need to seek the advice of a professional therapist.

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7 Most Common Phobias & How They Affect Patients

Everyone has something they fear.  For most, their fears are mild and do not affect their quality of life.  However, for patients with diagnosable phobias, the level of fear and discomfort when confronted with specific objects or situations is exceptional and can significantly impact their day-to-day experiences.  This impact can be so severe that it produces physical symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, and even a panic attack.

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The Facts About Eating Disorders [INFOGRAPHIC]

Food is at the very foundation of our being, giving us nutrition, energy and supporting life.  Yet, many have a complex relationship with food which can transform from life-sustaining into something more sinister.  For the millions of Americans who deal with an eating disorder, whether they consume too much or too little, food can be problematic.

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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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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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