Spring Mountain Medical understands the importance of the connection between mental and physical health, also known as behavioral health. Our board-certified family doctors and highly trained specialists are knowledgeable when it comes to treating both medical and behavioral issues.
Behavioral health is not limited by age. It’s not uncommon for a person to experience behavioral health conditions from childhood to adolescence, and even through adulthood. The key is to ensure that these conditions are properly diagnosed and treated.
Behavioral health treatments provide a way to help people with mental illness or substance-related disorders. For instance, more specialized psychotherapies aim to change behaviors, emotions, thoughts, and how people see and understand certain situations.
Many people deal with clinical problems that affect their mental health, including comorbidities like:
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Heart disease
Comorbidities tend to increase a patient’s need for specialized health care. As patients battle their physical symptoms, those same symptoms can negatively affect their mental health. The cycle continues because poor behavioral and mental health can negatively impact patients’ physical health if left untreated. If a patient’s behavioral health deteriorates, it can affect:
- How they handle stress
- How they relate to and communicate with others
- Their decision-making abilities
- Their mood
There are a variety of behavioral disorders and addictions that people can struggle with, including:
- Eating disorders (such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa)
- Exercise addiction
- Porn addiction
- Sex addiction
- Gambling disorders
- Internet addiction
- Gaming addiction
- Shopping addiction
- Work addiction
- Substance abuse disorders
A family doctor or specialist may use medications for mental and substance abuse disorders. For many, significant relief is achieved, and their symptoms become manageable. However, not everyone responds to therapy in the same way. For many patients, the most effective behavioral treatment involves a combination of medication and counseling.
We recognize that individuals’ needs vary from one patient to another. Unlike other facilities that will only treat the psychiatric signs and symptoms with a conventional approach, our top-tier specialists take care of our patients’ behavioral health and medical problems.
We complete a full evaluation to make a detailed diagnosis, as the staff at Spring Mountain Medical understands that no single treatment works for everyone. We also address each patient’s needs and symptoms individually and adjust treatment plans accordingly.
It’s important to understand that there is more to treating behavioral health than just targeting the mental symptoms. While relatively simple behavioral modification can improve overall health, the larger issue is often much more complicated. At some stage in the treatment plan, the underlying causes of problematic behaviors need to be addressed.
Our staff works closely with patients to ensure they achieve the best possible treatment results. At Spring Mountain Medical, we do more than just provide symptomatic relief — we identify and treat the root of the problem.