Behavioral Health Services

Almost everyone needs a little help at some point in life. Whether it’s help managing grief or anxiety, help with substance abuse, support after a stressful incident or treatment for mood disorders, Baton Rouge General’s Behavioral Health team is trained to provide the care you or your loved one needs.

Behavioral Health Services

Almost everyone needs a little help at some point in life.  Whether it’s help managing grief or anxiety, help with substance abuse, support after a stressful incident or treatment for mood disorders, Baton Rouge General’s Behavioral Health team is trained to provide the care you or your loved one needs.

Whether you or a loved one suffers from mental health problems, substance abuse or other behavioral health issues, the staff at Baton Rouge General specializes in geriatric care and is focused on your individual needs. Learn more about our team and how we are equipped to handle a variety of cases in the family-like atmosphere you've come to expect. Some most commonly treated conditions include:

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

Aging adults have unique physical, emotional and social needs. Our goal at BRG is to promote a healthy lifestyle to address all needs through nutrition education, medication management and psychotherapy. And because our Behavioral Health Unit is located inside our full-service hospital, our care team not only looks at treating mental illness, but also any other medical conditions our patients may have.

Inpatient Services are available to patients 50 and over

Suffering from mental illness can be emotionally and physically demanding for everyone involved.

Our care team supports patients and loved ones at Baton Rouge General, supporting your journey and providing the resources you need. Patients learn to live healthier as a result of education on:

  • Coping Skills
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Fall Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Optimism
  • Physical Activity
  • Social Connections
  • Stress Reduction
  • Substance Abuse

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Behavioral Wellness Center services are available to patients 18 and over:

Staying healthy isn’t just about your physical condition. Anxiety, depression, and other issues can seriously impact your life. BRG’s Behavioral Wellness Center offers a variety of services tailored to your individual needs. Treatment plans include group therapy, medication management, individual sessions with a psychiatrist, and customized programs.


When you should visit the Behavioral Wellness Center:

Our team is trained to support people suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and other issues that can make it difficult to live a healthy life. Whether they are temporary issues or lifelong concerns, consider calling us if you:

  • Have experienced a traumatic event
  • Are grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Are preoccupied with worry or anxiety 
  • Have you been crying more frequently?
  • Are you feeling down or have no motivation?
  • Have you had a low appetite or lost weight unintentionally?

Getting help is easy. Just call us at (225) 387-7861 or fill out the form below to hear from one of our experts. All major insurances and Medicare are accepted.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy

One in four adults over the age of 20 suffer from some form of mental illness. These issues range from recent anxiety to a longtime concern.

At Baton Rouge General, we promote a healthy lifestyle to address your needs, discussing 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. ECT 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 to 90% of all patients.

ECT can be used to treat:
  • Atypical Psychosis
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Severe Depression 
  • Treatment Resistant Depression

For more information, please call (225) 381-2621.