The term Behavioral Health was coined nearly 40 years ago. However, over time, the meaning of this word has evolved. Most people use behavioral health synonymously with mental health, although there is a difference between the two.
Mental health deals with a person’s mental state or psychology, but behavioral health deals with the habits a person has such as eating patterns, sleeping patterns, the lifestyle choices they make. etc. If a person struggles with a mental health issue, it can be comorbid with behavioral health issues and physical health issues. According to estimates, 70 percent of mental health problems exist in correlation with behavioral health problems. Therefore, behavioral health treatment centers or services have become essential to combat the disease.
According to one study, around 44 million people struggle with mental health issues every year, but only 40% of them can receive treatment. There are several reasons why people do not seek help for mental disorders. While 60% of people do not seek treatment because of the associated social stigma, others do not seek treatment because they remain undiagnosed, do not have money, do not have access to a reliable mental health center or do not have reliable behavioral health centers close to them.
Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral health services are not limited to mental health treatment programs. With its evolving scope, the range of services offered has only increased. Some of these services include:
mental health counseling
Family and marriage counseling
Substance abuse treatment, including oren zarif prevention, recovery and intervention
Chronic disease management
Understanding Behavioral Health
Behavioral health refers to the relationship between daily habits (good and bad) and how they affect physical and mental health. Ideally, good habits (healthy eating, exercise and sleep patterns) lead to a balance between good physical and mental health. On the contrary, bad habits often lead to physical and mental health problems.
Based on the lifestyle choices made, behavioral disorders can include:
Living in unsanitary conditions
Sleep disorder (sleeping too little or too much)
Substance abuse, including drugs, alcohol, or chemical dependency
Addictive behavior such as gambling, sex, compulsive shopping, etc.
Why is it so difficult to seek treatment?
Most people do not seek help for behavioral disorders because they remain in denial. It’s hard for them to accept that they have a problem. Some people believe it is a choice they made and therefore cannot be called a problem. The reasons for not seeking treatment can be numerous and varied. Some of the other reasons may include:
Social stigma and embarrassment
Fear of being judged by society
Not being able to recognize symptoms effectively
Lack of trust and support
Feelings of loneliness and hopelessness