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Mental Health vs. Behavioral Health

The term mental health and behavioral Health are often interchanged for each other when classifying some of the common disorders and diseases such as depression and anxiety.   There has been an emerging trend among medical professionals and patients to be classify mental health disorders as behavioral health in order to shy away from the stigmas associated with the term mental health.

There are hundreds of articles online and in print that provide conflicting information between mental health and behavioral health, further complicating how we classify many of the disorders and diseases.  At the Montevista Hospital in Las Vegas, the main focus remains caring for and helping our patients get the help they need to get better.

Mental Health

Disorders and illnesses related to mental health are often times biological or neurological issues a person is born with.  They typically never go away for good, but it is important to know that they are treatable.  To prevent these issues interfering with a person’s everyday life, most people seek treatment in order to manage these ongoing personal challenges.

Treatment for mental health disorders can come in the form of psychological therapy, medication, and in many cases, a combination of the two.

Below is a list of examples related to the field of Mental Health.

  • Addictions
  • Autism
  • ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Addictions: Alcohol And Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conversion Disorders
  • Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties
  • Childhood Mental Disorders And Illnesses
  • Eating Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Internet Addiction And Media Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Suicide
  • Tourette’s And Other Tic Disorders

Behavioral Health

According to the experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Behavioral Health is classified as “a state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems include substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders.”

Medical conditions listed under Behavioral Health tend to fall under the personal decisions an individual makes or decisions others make that affect another person.  These decisions can be prompted by significant life events such as getting injured in a car accident, losing the life of a family member or friend, getting made fun of in social situations, or another event that results in a person having a hard time managing their feelings and emotions.

A person struggling with his or her behavioral health may encounter:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief
  • Addiction
  • Mood disorders
  • Other psychological concerns

With time, the acceptance of many mental health illnesses and disorders will become more widely understood and accepted.  When this happens, the need to change the classification to avoid negative stereotypes and stigmas will decrease.  Until that time, we at Montevista Hospital in Las Vegas know the most important aspect of recovery is to understand the problem and provide proper treatment.

 

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