What is Behavioral Health at HealthPoint?
Behavioral Health helps people improve their physical health and mental well-being. Providers work to promote positive self-esteem and an understanding of being valued and contributing members of their communities. These actions help build resiliency in Behavioral Health patients ensuring they cope better with life's inevitable challenges. Behavioral Health Treatment helps reduce the likelihood of unfortunate emotional and medical outcomes.
Behavioral Health deals with problems before they happen by addressing "risk factors" that make individuals more likely to develop problems. Prevention includes interventions designed to reduce the possibility of developing a mental illness or a substance use disorder. Providers work to create healthy living environments. Creating those environments may include reducing the effects of poverty, risk of violence, child abuse or neglect, drug/alcohol misuse, and bullying. HealthPoint provides ready access to the psychosocial care people need when symptoms begin. Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness means increasing protective factors.
Protective factors include:
- Good communication skills
- Reliable support and discipline from parents and caregivers
- Support for early learning
- Quality health care
- Healthy peer groups
- Social connectedness
- Succeeding schools
How do I get Behavioral Health Therapy?
Most people who experience behavioral health problems improve with appropriate support, services, and treatment. The first step to getting proper treatment is seeing your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to review your symptoms and life circumstances. HealthPoint providers tailor Behavioral Health Treatment options to your specific needs and condition.
Several common treatments involve the following:
- Counseling (Psychotherapy) teaches people strategies and tools to deal with stress and uncomfortable thoughts and behaviors. Counseling helps people function at their best in everyday life.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches people how to identify unhelpful thought patterns, recognize and change inaccurate beliefs, relate to others in more positive ways, and change behaviors accordingly.
- Medications are tools used to treat the symptoms of some mental disorders. Medications appear to be most effective when paired with other treatments such as counseling.
- Rehabilitative services include recovery-focused activities and treatment/therapeutic interventions such as assistance in improving or restoring daily living skills, social and leisure skills, etc.
Who can benefit from behavioral therapy or counseling?
People most commonly seek help to treat:
- Panic disorders
- Anger issues
It can also help treat mental health conditions, disorders and reduce unwanted behaviors such as:
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Phobias, including social phobias
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Substance abuse
While Americans have learned a great deal about the characteristics and causes of Behavioral Health issues over the last several decades, negative beliefs persist around treatment. HealthPoint's Behavioral Health providers offer supportive relationships that allow patients to transcend potential negative consequences of their actions and improve their function in life.
If you Need Immediate Help in a Crisis
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