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What Are Behavioral Health Conditions

What Are Behavioral Health Conditions

Behavioral health is primarily affected by one’s behavior, such as one’s eating habits

Behavioral health is primarily affected by one’s behavior, such as one’s eating habits. These behaviors can either have an immediate or long-term affect on one’s body. These effects can also lead to or cause a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. Because of this relationship between mental health and behavioral health, many treatment facilities are gearing their efforts towards treating both conditions at the same time.

How Do Behavioral Health Conditions Differ from Mental Health Disorders?

Recently, the term “behavioral health” has been incorporated into mental health as well. Many mental health conditions one experiences develop largely from certain biological factors including genetic makeup and brain chemistry. Included in the following are some examples of what is affected by behavioral health conditions:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Spirit

Behavioral health is often described as the connection between one’s behaviors and the health or well-being of the body, mind and spirit. This goes on to include behaviors such as eating habits, drinking and exercising that either have an immediate or long-term impact to one’s physical and mental health.  Although some of these behaviors are primarily controlled by the individual, sometimes the choices they make are limited by the factors beyond their control. Between the 1970s and 1980s, the term “behavioral health” primarily referred to behaviors which help prevent illness and promote health. As the years progressed, behavioral health was used to help indicate behaviors that people engage in to manage illness, more specifically chronic conditions.

Behavioral Health Condition Treatment Options

Although one can receive individualized treatment for both a behavioral health and mental health condition, receiving treatment, for both conditions simultaneously, greatly improves one’s success rate for living an overall more healthy life. Included in the following are some of the treatment options for those struggling with either a behavioral health condition or a mental health condition:

  • Medications
  • Psychological treatment
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Because behavioral health has been incorporated into mental health, medications along with psychological treatment, and counseling treatment such has cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to improve both the mental health issue and the behavioral health conditions. In some cases, simply changing the behaviors of the individual, family and even the community can change one’s thinking patterns and help one cope more effectively with their mental health and behavioral health condition.

Drug Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction because of a behavioral health condition, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call can save your life, so call us today!

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