Mental Health and Behavioral Health

When describing a particular disease or disorder, do you know whether to classify it as a mental health or behavioral health problem?  Over the last few years, the classification of many disorders and diseases has come into question.  The classification of behavioral health is not a new classification, but it has fewer stigmas attached to it vs. mental health.  This has led many people to adopt using the term behavioral health over mental health since some people consider the term behavioral health as more politically correct.

There are now dozens, if not hundreds of articles providing conflicting information, which further complicates how we classify many of the disorders and diseases such as depression or anxiety. At Strategic Behavioral Center – Raleigh, the main focus remains caring for and helping our patients get the help they need to get better.

Mental Health

Disorders and diseases related to mental health are often times biological or neurological issues a person is born with.  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 disorders include substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders.”

Problems 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 bullied at the playground as a child, 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

Oftentimes, a disease and disorder can be both classified as both a behavioral health and mental health disorder. This can further confuse people trying to understand and treat particular diseases and disorders.  With time, medical professionals will come to an agreement under which classification particular diseases and disorders are categorized.  Until then, it’s important to remember the main focus should continue to be on getting proper treatment and getting better.

Call us today (855)537-2262 and ask about Mental Health!