A Guide To… Mental Health Abbreviations

Do you know your CAMHS from your CRHT?! Well, here’s a handy list…

(Some of these may seem pretty basic but in the mental health world, it’s easy to get lost in it all!!) 

  • ANA – Anorexia
  • ASPD – Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • BDD – Body Dismorphic Disorder
  • BD – Bipolar Disorder
  • BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder
  • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CMHT – Community Mental Health Team
  • CRHT – Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment
  • DAAT – Drug and Alcohol Action Team
  • DSPD – Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder
  • ECT – Electro Convulsive Therapy
  • GAD – Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • ED – Eating Disorder
  • EDNOS – Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • IP – Inpatient
  • MH – Mental Health
  • MI – Mental Illness
  • MIA – Bulimia
  • OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • OCPD – Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • OP – Outpatient
  • PND – Post Natal Depression
  • PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • SH – Self Harm
  • TD – Tardive Dyskinesia
  • TW – Trigger Warning

By no means is this list exhaustive and if you think I’ve missed anything out, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

M x


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  1. This list would be very helpful for people who don’t know much about mental health! Thanks for sharing



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