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!
AN- Anorexia Nervosa
BD [have also seen BP]- Bipolar Disorder
BN- Bulimia Nervosa
CAS- Certificate of Advanced Study (i.e. part of school psychologist’s training)
CD- Conduct Disorder
CIT- Crisis Intervention Team –> Get CIT trained!
DSM- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
EBP- Evidence Based Practice
ECT- Electroconvulsive therapy
Ed.D.- Doctor of Education degree
FGA- First Generation Antipsychotic
GAD- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
HAM-A- Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale
HAM-D- Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
IVC- Involuntary Commitment
LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor
LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LP(C)C- Licensed Professional (Clinical) Counselor
MA- Master of Arts
MD- Doctor of Medicine
MH- Mental Health
MDQ- Mood Disorder Questionnaire
NP- Nurse Practitioner
NSSI- Non-suicidal Self-injury
ODD- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
PA- Physician Assistant
PhD- Doctor of Philosophy
PMDD- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
PsyD- Doctor of Psychology (PhD vs PsyD)
PTSD- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
QMHP- Qualified Mental Health Professional
RN- Registered Nurse
SGA- Second Generation Antipsychotics
SNRI- Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor
SSP- Specialist in School Psychology degree
SSRI- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
TCA- Tricyclic Antidepressant
If you think there is some term that really needs to be added to the list, let me know!