Baton Rouge Frequently Asked Questions

Panic attacks usually only last for a short period of time, usually reaching their peak and passing within 10 minutes. A panic attack can last anywhere from just a few minutes to being as long as 30 minutes.

Anxiety is a natural response to things that may stress or worry you, but feeling anxiety when there isn’t any clear reason to is a sign of having an anxiety disorder. Generally, if you feel anxious long enough that it begins to interfere with your daily life, you may wish to speak to somebody about the anxiety that you feel.

The fear reaction is an intense physical response to an immediate danger. On the other hand, anxiety is worry or unease about something that may happen.

Delusions and hallucinations can be caused by numerous conditions. Often, these breaks with reality are caused by mental illness, physical ailments, or substance abuse.

Hallucinations are created in the brain. Usually, they are from a mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) or a physical condition (e.g., epilepsy). However, they can also occur from substance abuse. To stop hallucinations, the source will need to be determined. From there, the appropriate treatment plan can be outlined. Usually, this includes medication, psychotherapy, and/or a drug detox.

The main difference between hallucinations and delusions is that hallucinations revolve around senses and delusions center on beliefs. Therefore, a hallucination includes seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something that isn’t there. On the other hand, delusions are false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary.

Typically, somebody is characterized as having an addictive personality when they easily obsess or fixate on certain things. Other addictive personality traits include being impulsive, being open to trying anything new regardless of the consequences, and needing to be around other people. But keep in mind that experts recognize having these personality traits doesn’t guarantee that you will have an addiction, just as not having these characteristics doesn’t mean that you are safe from substance use.

Do you find yourself becoming fixated on one particular hobby, activity, or feeling? Do you find yourself chasing “highs” or exhilarating experiences without being able to stop? Are you willing to try anything despite the consequences, especially in social situations? If so, you might have an addictive personality.

The best way to prevent addiction is to keep track of any risk factors that could increase your chances of developing a substance use disorder. For example, if you have a family history of addiction, surround yourself with others who frequently use drugs or alcohol, and/or you have untreated mental health disorders, you are at a much higher risk of struggling with addiction. Getting professional mental health help and advice before substance use takes control is the best way to prevent addiction and maintain recovery.

In the context of mental health, the term “trigger” refers to a situation or experience that acts as a catalyst for an emotional, physical, or behavioral response. When somebody is triggered by something or someone, they might have a severe reaction that leads to an increase in mental discomfort, such as being upset, angry, or another unpleasant emotion.

An emotional trigger is something that causes distress. Emotional reactions to triggers can look like crying, unexplained anger, increased anxiety, feelings of panic, physical symptoms, and more.

Common triggers that create an emotional response could be anything from hearing a certain song, being in an unsafe environment, or remembering back to a traumatic event. Everybody has their own emotional triggers, which is why it’s important to receive guidance from mental health professionals—with the right support, you will be able to begin to identify your emotional triggers and learn how to regulate your response.

Becoming sober starts with finding the right treatment center for your specific needs. Baton Rouge Behavioral Hospital is here to help you toward the path of recovery and give you the resources you need to stay sober after you leave your treatment program.

Being sober helps you to find your true self once again. Moreover, being sober can help you rebuild relationships, thrive in your career, and find happiness that is not clouded by addictive substances.

If you find that you are exhibiting signs of substance abuse with alcohol and/or drugs, you might need to get sober. In addition to the challenging emotional and social side effects of addiction, addiction can also threaten your physical wellbeing. Getting sober is the best way that you can protect yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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  • 4-5 Changes of casual clothing and undergarments.  No drawstrings.  We have laundry supplies available to launder items.
  • BBH is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Shoes with no laces (comfortable slip-ons are preferable), shower shoes.   Shoes should be weather appropriate.  Shoe laces are not permitted on the unit unless there is a doctor’s order.
  • Jacket or coat
  • “New, unopened” toiletries, hygiene products.  No mirrors or glass bottles.
  • Tobacco products must be unopened and are kept at nurses station.  Lighters and matches are prohibited.  There are designated times and areas for smoking.
  • Disposable razors will be locked up and used with supervision.
  • ID and insurance cards.
  • Small amount of cash (no more than $50-$60) for tobacco products or toiletries.  We do not use debit cards or cash checks.
  • No caffeine or sugar allowed.  This hospital is caffeine free and sugar free.
  • Everything brought in is searched and inventoried by staff.
  • All valuables are locked in a safe until discharge. This includes, phones, money, credit cards, ID, etc.
  • Food or drinks
  • Medications (bring a list only).  Only medications approved in advance by the physician are permitted.  Medications may have to be destroyed if brought in without prior approval.
  • Electronic devices and phones
  • Jewelry
  • Patients are given a patient “contact” number to be able to receive incoming phone calls.  Caller must have contact number for patient to receive the call.
  • Phone calls should be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
  • Phone calls are made during non-group and non-physician/CNPs rounding times.
  • Phone calls can be made or received between the hours of 7 am to 10 pm.

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