What is behavioral health, and how can it influence you or your loved one’s wellbeing?
The term behavioral health refers to the study of people’s ability to function daily. Behavioral health is affected by a person’s biological features, behavioral habits, and natural emotions. Behavioral health plays a significant role in a person’s overall wellbeing, and behavioral health struggles can lower a person’s quality of life. Some general behavioral struggles include eating disorders, exercise addictions, gambling issues, and various other activities discussed below.
Behavioral struggles have no age limit and can be diagnosed in children, teens, and adults. It is essential to identify, diagnose, and treat these struggles to ensure a good quality of life. Behavioral health solutions may include medical treatment and psychotherapy.
Types of Behavioral Health Struggles
Here are the most common behavioral struggles, from eating disorders and exercise addiction to gambling and substance abuse.
Eating disorders are complex disorders related to disruptive or harmful eating habits, usually associated with compulsions, stress, and other triggers. Common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, although there are also others. When left untreated, an eating disorder can severely impact a person’s health or even cause death.
According to Healthline, an unhealthy obsession with exercise and fitness may result from body image disorders. Addictions such as this one are usually characterized by obsessive behavior, hiding addictive activity, and being unable to stop the behavior.
When a person can’t stop looking at porn, and this habit negatively impacts their life, they may have a porn addiction. Porn addiction can interfere with a person’s ability to work, maintain relationships, or even perform normal daily tasks.
The World Health Organization that sex addiction occurs when sexual activities become the focus of a person’s life, with related negative effects. These effects may include losing interest in other activities, irresponsibility, and neglected relationships.
People addicted to gambling can’t control their impulses, no matter how negatively this habit may affect them or their loved ones. This addiction is closely related to impulse-control disorders and reduces a person’s wellbeing.
Although a newly identified problem, obsessive internet use is considered an addiction by many experts. The addiction may include compulsive use of cellphones, personal computers, and participation in online gaming.
Shopping addicts may feel the need to shop continuously without the ability to control their actions. There are many reasons why this addiction occurs. Some people shop for stress relief or feel compelled to own beautiful and expensive things — even if they can’t afford them.
Although often mistakenly praised as a positive trait, addiction to work also can damage overall health. A person’s constant need to work may stem from a compulsion to succeed or the desire to escape their personal life. This addiction can negatively affect health and relationships and can easily lead to burnout.
People addicted to drugs feel a continuous need to misuse drugs, no matter what consequences arise or the effort they must take to get their fix.
Solutions to Behavioral Issues
Spring Mountain Medical undertakes a complete evaluation, leading to a detailed diagnosis that caters to each individual’s needs. We do this because we know that no patient’s treatment is the same. Once a diagnosis has been made, we focus on individual treatment plans to help a person manage their addiction.
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