The following are abbreviations you could encounter in a medical record. How familiar are you with psych/mental health record terminology?
- SSRI =
Treatment. A type of anti-depressant medication
- GAD =
Diagnosis. Generalized anxiety disorder
- EPS =
Other. Extrapyramidal side effects, a side effect of anti-psychotic medication
- EMDR =
Treatment. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. A treatment similar to hypnosis which may be used for PTSD.
- CAGE =
Diagnostic. A screening tool for alcoholism
- MMSE =
Diagnostic. Mini mental status exam
- PD =
Diagnosis. Panic disorder, PD may also be used for personality disorder
- OCD =
Diagnosis. Obsessive compulsive disorder
- TCA =
Treatment. Tricyclic anti-depressant
- CBT =
Treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy
- ECT =
Treatment. Electroconvulsive therapy (shock treatment)
- CNS =
Other. Central nervous system
- SO =
Other. The significant other.
- NOS =
Diagnosis. Not otherwise specified. When a person’s symptoms do not fit well in one specific diagnosis.