Psychiatric & Behavioral Health with Mission
More than 51 million Americans suffer from mental health disorders that affect both psychiatric and behavioral health. Psychiatric and behavioral health affects many aspects of one’s life. Behavioral health treatment originated in the 1970s but has changed significantly over the years.
What are behavioral health and psychiatric health?
Behavioral health services correlate with the connection of daily habits and overall health and well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. Things that affect our behavioral health include the things we eat daily, drinking, and exercise habits.
Symptoms of poor behavioral health, which are behaviors that negatively affect one’s overall well-being, include:
- Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, etc.)
- Substance use
- Social isolation
- Poor sleeping habits (insomnia)
- Poor hygiene
- Addiction (sex addiction, drug addiction, etc.)
Psychiatric health is the diagnosis and treatment of both mental and physical disorders relating to psychological disorders. Psychiatrists, along with the help of other medical professionals, conduct a medical evaluation to determine the individual needs of the patient, outline a plan of care, and outline the ideal treatment options that best suit the needs of each patient.
There are several levels of psychiatric care including:
- Outpatient psychiatric care: this level of care is most common where a patient will go see a psychiatrist in the office on a set schedule for medication management. Outpatient care may also include utilizing a therapist at least once a week, depending on the severity of symptoms.
- Partial hospitalization: this level of care is 5 days per week, for approximately 6 to 8 hours each day to focus on group work, forming a community for the patient, and psychiatric care and treatment.
- Community integration / Extended care: community care defines a shared therapeutic space with other patients, such as an apartment setting or group home. However, treatment is not conducted in the living space, it is conducted in a separate location.
- Residential care: through residential care, a patient is living within the space where they receive psychiatric treatment. This level of care is used to create a safe space for a patient whose day-to-day life is severely impacted by their symptoms. Residential care includes 24-hour monitoring and support by one or more resident advisors.
How psychiatric/behavioral health treatment can help you
Receiving treatment for a psychiatric or behavioral health disorder can improve your overall well-being, daily life, ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, ability to maintain a job, and more.
Counseling or therapy is the most used therapeutic modality to help each patient learn to cope with and manage behaviors associated with mental illness. Health professionals often focus on modifying behaviors, reinforcing positive behaviors, and developing ways to overcome the negative behaviors of each patient.
Treatment for behavioral health and psychiatric disorders is a group effort. A team of professionals including a psychologist, social workers, and general physicians, a diagnosis is provided for each patient as well as implements a plan of action for the treatment of each issue to provide a better life for the patient.
Treatment includes therapy and medication to enhance the patient’s life, allow them to conduct daily activities with little to no disturbances, and maintain healthy relationships.
At Mission Healthcare, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of your mental health should hold the same priority as caring for your physical well-being, which is why our team of experts join together to provide the most exceptional psychiatric and behavioral health care available.
Mission Healthcare is dedicated to creating a difference in the life of every patient by providing them with the knowledge, tools, and support for a healthy life.
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