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.

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.

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.