Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services

Whether it's mental health problems, substance abuse or other behavioral health issues, Baton Rouge General is here for you and your family. Specializing in geriatric care, our staff is focused on your individual needs and is equipped to handle a variety of cases in the family-like atmosphere you've come to expect from the General.

Behavioral/Mental Health

Behavioral/Mental Health

Whether it's mental health problems, substance abuse or other behavioral health issues, Baton Rouge General is here for you and your family. Specializing in geriatric care, our staff is focused on your individual needs and is equipped to handle a variety of cases in the family-like atmosphere you've come to expect.  Some of our most commonly treated conditions include:

  • Geriatric Mood Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anxiety, due to dementia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression, due to life changes
  • Depression, due to chronic or serious illness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Chronic and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Frustration and acting out due to an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical illness

Aging adults have unique physical, emotional and social needs. At Baton Rouge General, our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle to address all these needs through psychotherapy, medication management and nutrition education. 

And because our Behavioral Health Unit is located inside our full-service hospital, our care team looks at treating not only the mental illness, but also any other medical conditions our patients may have. 

For more information about inpatient Behavioral Health Services at Baton Rouge General, please call (225) 387-7904. 

At Baton Rouge General's Behavioral Wellness Center, we believe in delivering the highest quality of care to our patients with the same caring and compassion this community has come to expect from Baton Rouge General for more than 110 years. 

One in four adults over the age of 20 suffer from some form of mental illness, whether it's recent anxiety or something that you've lived with for years. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle to address all these needs through individual therapy, group sessions and medication management in a comfortable, outpatient setting.

We treat a variety of mental illnesses and conditions including:
  • Geriatric Mood Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anxiety, due to dementia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression, due to life changes
  • Depression, due to chronic or serious illness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Chronic and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Frustration and acting out due to an
  • Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical illness
And while many of our patients seek individual therapy, we have many group sessions they may also find beneficial.  Some of our group session topics include:
  • Grieving Your Losses
  • Letting Go
  • Conflict Management
  • Coping with Mental Illness
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Awareness
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Life Skills
  • Accessing Community Resources
  • Health Education and Awareness
Our Center is conveniently located at 4045 North Boulevard.  For more information about Baton Rouge General's Behavioral Wellness Center, or to schedule an appointment, please call (225) 387-7652. 

Behavioral health problems can affect your life in many ways. Managing tests, treatments, symptoms, medications, and diet can be overwhelming and may result in feeling anxious, frustrated, sad, depressed, angry or stressed. If you or a loved one is feeling this way, Baton Rouge General’s Wellness Management Program can help. Our 8-week course features group sessions which teach positive coping skills and cover the following topics:

  • Relaxation
  • Worry
  • Activating your life
  • Problem solving
  • Depressive thinking
  • Anger
  • Relationship building

By learning to deal with stress, managing your health condition will become easier.

This program may be started at any time, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (225) 387-7652.

Have you or someone you know:

  • Been through combat?
  • Lived through a disaster?
  • Experienced any other kind of traumatic event?

After a life-threatening event or trauma, it’s normal to experience upsetting memories, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions continue or worsen, you may benefit from professional help.

Baton Rouge General’s Welcome Home Wellness Program is designed to help those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, anger management and loss of a loved one. Participants are divided into groups based on their conditions and will meet with other individuals who have gone through similar experiences. Group sessions are held three days a week, and are offered at various times throughout the day.

The program is staffed by two board certified psychiatrists, an advanced nurse practitioner, two licensed clinical social workers, a licensed professional counselor and registered nurses.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People dealing with PTSD may experience feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair, depression or anxiety, drinking or drug problems, physical symptoms or chronic pain, employment problems and/or relationship problems, including divorce. In many cases, treatment for PTSD can alleviate other problems because they are often related.

Mood Disorders
Mood disorders, such as depression are a major cause of disability worldwide and are associated with a decreased quality of life and reduced productivity. They are also associated with an increase in mortality, as people with depression are at higher risk of suicide. Dealing with depression can be difficult but even the most severe depression is treatable. Once patients begin treatment, life gradually begins to feel “normal” again.

Substance Abuse Treatment
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms related to PTSD, anxiety and depression often have issues with substance abuse as well. Our treatment program will address issues around self-medicating as a way to deal with emotions.

Anger Management
Often people who have experienced a traumatic event have difficulty expressing anger in a healthy way, frequently “losing their temper” over things most people believe are minor frustrations. Friends and family members are usually aware of the problem before the individual with the anger problem. We offer treatment for dealing with these intense emotions so individuals can learn how to express anger in a way that is not damaging to relationships.

Living With Loss Of A Loved One
As a veteran or first responder, experiencing the loss of a loved one can be difficult to deal with. Loss can come in many forms, but some of the more common forms may include: loss of a comrade in the line of duty, loss of a family member or pet while away on active duty, or even the end of a relationship with a significant other. Our program teaches participants how to deal with loss in a way that is healthy and has meaning for the survivor.

Dealing with depression can be difficult but even the most severe depression is treatable. Once patients begin treatment, life gradually begins to feel “normal” again. To learn more about our First Responder and Welcome Home Wellness Program or other Behavioral Health programs offered at Baton Rouge General, please call (225) 387-7652.

If you are in a crisis and need help right away, please go to the nearest emergency room or call the Crisis Line at (225) 924-3900.

One in four adults over the age of 20 suffer from some form of mental illness, whether it’s recent anxiety or something you have lived with for years. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle to address your needs. Our physicians will discuss all options available before deciding on any treatment.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment option for psychiatric disorders. During treatment, electric currents are passed through the brain, deliberately triggering a brief seizure that can reverse the symptoms of certain mental illnesses. It often works when other treatments are unsuccessful and can benefit pregnant and lactating women, seniors, patients with limited tolerance to psychiatric medications and patients that are at a high risk of suicide. If ECT is recommended, you will be educated and informed about the procedure and given a complete medical examination including a history, physical, neurological examination, EKG and laboratory test.

ECT is the most effective, fastest and safest acute treatment for major depression with remission occurring in 70 - 90% of all patients and can be used to treat:
  • Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Severe Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Atypical Psychosis
For more information, please call (225) 381-2621.

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Address:8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
(225) 763-4000

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Address:3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
(225) 387-7000