Even though I have been reading and writing about mental health for the past 3 years, I still get confused from time to time with the overwhelming amount of acronyms used in the mental health field (job/degree titles, meds, treatment centers, etc).

THERE ARE SO MANY.

I decided to make a list of some that I have come across (DEFINITELY NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST- states even have their own acronyms!).

Hope this helps the people who need it!

 

A

AA- Alcoholics Anonymous

AD- Alzheimer’s Disease

ADHD- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

AN- Anorexia Nervosa

APA- American Psychological Association or American Psychiatric Association

ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

B

BD [have also seen BP]- Bipolar Disorder

BN- Bulimia Nervosa

BPD- Borderline Personality Disorder

 

C

CAS- Certificate of Advanced Study (i.e. part of school psychologist’s training)

CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CD- Conduct Disorder

CIT- Crisis Intervention Team –> Get CIT trained!

 

D

DBT- Dialetical Behavioral Therapy

DMDD- Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder

DSM-  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

 

E

EBP- Evidence Based Practice

ECT- Electroconvulsive  therapy

Ed.D.- Doctor of Education degree

 

F

FFT- Family-Focused Therapy

FGA- First Generation Antipsychotic

 

G

GAD- Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 

H

HAM-A- Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale

HAM-D- Hamilton Depression Rating Scale

HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

 

I

IPSRT- Interpersonal social rhythm therapy

IPT- Interpersonal Therapy

IVC- Involuntary Commitment

 

L

LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor

LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LP(C)C- Licensed Professional (Clinical) Counselor

^Yeah, these can get confusing. This site can help.

 

M

MA- Master of Arts

MD- Doctor of Medicine

MDD- Major Depressive Disorder

MH- Mental Health

MDQ- Mood Disorder Questionnaire

MS- Multiple Sclerosis

 

N

NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness

NASP- National Association of School Psychologists

NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health

NP- Nurse Practitioner

NSSI- Non-suicidal Self-injury

 

O

OCD- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

ODD- Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OCPD- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

 

P

PA- Physician Assistant

PD- Parkinson’s Disease

PhD- Doctor of Philosophy

PMDD- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

PPD- Postpartum Depression

PsyD- Doctor of Psychology (PhD vs PsyD)

PTSD- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

 

Q

QMHP- Qualified Mental Health Professional

 

R

RN- Registered Nurse

 

S

SI- Suicidal Ideation

SGA- Second Generation Antipsychotics

SNRI- Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor

SSP- Specialist in School Psychology degree

SSRI- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

 

T

TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury

TCA- Tricyclic Antidepressant

 

If you think there is some term that really needs to be added to the list, let me know!

 

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