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This Glossary of abbreviations was compiled by Maddy in 2005, based on a list originally ported over from CrazyMeds [salute], with additions by Wifezilla, Velvet Elvis, Batou, Hoplelessly Broken, Aura, and others. Language changes with time, and new abbreviations will be added as they appear in the world of crazy. Suggestions are welcome.

This listing of acronyms is intended specifically for codes related to being Mentally Interesting, not for general Internet shorthand. For that purpose, I also - with great trepidation - offer a link to the NetLingo List of Chat Acronyms and Text Shorthand. This is not to encourage the wholesale abandonment of the Queen's Perfectly Good English, but to give you a point of reference to try to comprehend what those ninnies who do are trying to say. Remember that plain language is the key to getting your message across to the global audience of members and guests on CB, some of whom find reading complicated posts a mental challenge. In particular, I take a very dim view of people who go for such alphabetical gymnastics as: IANADBIPOOTV (I Am Not A Doctor But I Play One On TV), RUMCYMHMD (Are You on Medication Cause You Must Have Missed a Dose), and GSYJDWURMNKH (Good Seeing You, Just Don't Wear Your Monkey Hat). Don't go there.


The Abbreviations & Acronyms List

201 = voluntary commitment

302 = involuntary commitment

5150 = Seventy-two hour hospitalization for treatment and evaluation when patient is considered a threat to self or others.  (WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 5150-5157 - link to comple text)

5HT = Serotonin

AAP = Atypical AntiPsychotic

AD = Anti Depressant

ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADLs = activities of daily living

AED = Anti Epileptic Drug(s)

AN = anorexia nervosa

AP = AntiPsychotic

AS = Asperger's Syndrome

AVPD = Avoidant Personality Disorder

BED = binge eating disorder

BDD = Body Dysmorphic Disorder

B/P = binge/purge (not to be confused with BP (bipolar)

BC or BCP = Birth Control / Birth Control Pill (aka "The Pill")

BID = Twice a day

BF = Boyfriend

BN = bulimia nervosa

BP = BiPolar

  may be used with the modifiers: I, II, RC, UC

  RC = Rapid Cycling

  UC = Ultra Rapid Cycling

BPD = Borderline Personality Disorder

Bx = behavior

BTW = By The Way

CAT = Crisis Assessment Team

CBT = Cognitive Behavior Therapy

CD = Conduct Disorder

COE = compulsive overeating disorder

CP = Complex Partial (seizure)

CSA = childhood sexual abuse

CYA = Cover your ass

DA = Dopamine

DBT = Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DD = developmental disability OR dual diagnosis OR Double Depression

DH = Dear Hubby

DID = Dissociative Identity Disorder (same as MPD)

Double D = Double Depression - MDD + Dysthymia

DSM-IV = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition

DSM-IV-TR =  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision

DSM-V = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

DW = Dear Wife

DX = Diagnosis

ECT = Electro Convulsive Therapy (shock treatment)

ED = Eating Disorder OR Emergency Department

EDNOS = Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (deprecated, see OSFED) 

EMDR = eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (trauma therapy)

EPS = ExtraPyramidal Symptoms

ER = Emergency Room

ETOH = Ethanol (i.e. alcohol)

FOO = family of origin

GABA = Gamma-AminoButyric Acid

GAD = Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GLBTQ = Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (see also LGBTQ)

Gdoc = Medical doctor (variant for general practitioner, also Mdoc, GP)

GD - Gender Dysphoria

GF = Girlfriend

GID - Gender Identity Disorder (replaced by GD in the DSM-V)

GP = General Practitioner (regular Doctor, see also Gdoc, Mdoc)

HALT = hungry/angry/lonely/tired

HFA = High Functioning Autistic/Autism

Hx = History

IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IOP = intensive outpatient

IP = In-Patient (aka - In-Patient hospitalization)

LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (see also GLBTQ)

MAO/MAOI = monoamine oxidase/inhibitor

Mdoc = Medical doctor (variant for general practitioner, see Gdoc, GP)

MDD = Major Depressive Disorder

MI = Mental Illness, or Mentally Interesting

MIL = mother-in-law (or sil, bil, or fil for sister-, brother-, or father-in-law)

MOTOS = Member of the opposite sex

MOMOS = Member of my own sex

MPD = Multiple Personality Disorder

MS = Mood Stabilizer (or Multiple Sclerosis, etc. Check it's use against the context of the sentence or topic.)

NA = Norepenephrine

NAMI = National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NHS = National Health Service (UK)

NIMH = National Institute of Mental Health

NOS = Not Otherwise Specified

NP = nurse practitioner

NPD = Narcissistic Personality Disorder

NT = Neurotypical (non-autistic, "normal" people)

NVLD = Non Verbal Learning Disorder

OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCPD = Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

ODD = Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OP = Outpatient

OSFED = Other Feeding/Eating Disorder (replaced EDNOS) 

OTC = Over The Counter

PHP = partial hospitalization program

PD = Panic Disorder

PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Pdoc = Psychiatrist

PPD = post-partum depression

PRN = As needed

PTSD = Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

QAM = in the morning

QD = Once per day

Qdoc = Quack Doctor 

QHS (or hs) - at bedtime

QID = Four times a day

QOD = every other day

RD = registered dietician

R/O = A diagnosis under consideration but not yet ruled out

Rx = Prescription

SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder

SI = Self Injury

SID = Once a day

SO = significant other

SP = Simple Partial (seizure)

SNRI = Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors

SSRI = selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

Sx = symptoms

SZ = Schizophrenia

SZA = Schizoaffective Disorder

TBI = traumatic brain injury

TCA = tricyclic antidepressant

TD = Tarditive Dyskensia

Tdoc = Therapist, psychologist

THC = marijuana (or MJ)

TID = Three times per day

TLE = Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

TMJ = TemporoMandibular Joint

TX = Treatment

Uberspazz = being autistic, bipolar and epileptic.  (Also referred to as the Classic Trifecta)  Plural form: uberspazzen (according to strungoutonlife) (I can only imagine what this must be like if one also has ADHD - Cerberus)

YMMV = your mileage may vary

Edited by Cerberus

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DSM-V, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. 

OSFED- Other Feeding/Eating Disorder (replaced EDNOS) 

GID isn't in the DSM anymore, it was replaced by GD in the fifth version (and is not a MI, so there is no use in saying that it can be part of "other MIs", wish they would put it in a relevant book or just not pathologise it at all)

ED can also mean Emergency Department.

CAT- Crisis Assessment Team


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SZA - schizoaffective disorder

SZ -  schizophrenia

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RRT--rapid resolution therapy

EASE--Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience (an evaluation for Self-Disorder/Sz spectrum)

Edited by Milove

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