What Are Behavioral Health Conditions?

What Are Behavioral Health Conditions?

The term “behavioral health conditions” has evolved significantly over the last four decades. The term originally referred to any situations in which behaviors impacted a person’s health, such as the following:

  • Eating healthy in order to lose weight
  • Exercising in a healthy way to build strength
  • Properly hydrating
  • Avoiding pollution
  • Avoiding toxic habits such as cigarette smoking and excessive drinking

Thus “behavioral health” referred to behaviors that increased or supported good health. Over the last twenty years, though, mental health issues have worked their way into the “behavioral health” definition, as have any behaviors that have a negative impact on emotional, psychological or physical health. In fact, an entire category of psychological disorders are now understood as behavioral health conditions and health care professionals are increasingly working to establish a more holistic understanding of these conditions and the best ways to treat them.

Recognizing Behavioral Health Condition Symptoms

A great many health problems have cyclical physical and psychological attributes. For example:

  • Overeating can cause heart disease
  • Heart disease can cause anxiety or depression
  • Anxiety and depression can cause a person to overeat

Both medical and psychological professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the intricate connections between their patients’ physical and mental health. This is very good news for the health of these patients. No longer are mental or emotional issues addressed exclusively in a mental hospital while physiological conditions are treated in a medical facility. In many cases, a more integrated approach must be developed that addresses all aspects of a person’s health.

In many cases, however, behavioral health conditions include a range of psychological problems with physiological repercussions. The following is a partial list of behavioral health conditions, as they are currently understood:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic attacks, etc.)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating)
  • Sexual addiction
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse and addiction

These conditions may be caused by congenital or hereditary factors, or they may be caused by environmental conditions. In most cases, compulsive behavior is actually a subconscious attempt to self-medicate another underlying emotional disorder. The defining characteristic of these types of behavioral health conditions is that they involve a somewhat cyclical relationship with other co-occurring physiological or psychological issues and cannot be successfully treated separately. The good news, however, is that health care professionals are constantly discovering new connections between these kinds of issues and progressive recovery experts are developing successful techniques for treating all of them in a holistic and comprehensive way.

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If you have questions about behavioral health conditions and their treatment, please call our toll-free behavioral health helpline right now. Our staff members are standing by regardless of the day or hour with no-strings-attached answers and assistance. We can even connect you with the most successful behavioral health treatment programs for your specific needs.

If you are concerned about the mental or physical health of a friend or loved one, please call. We’re here for you, too. It can be frightening or overwhelming to talk about these issues. We understand and can give you answers and resources.

For centuries, traditional medicine has unsuccessfully treated psychological issues like addiction with isolated and ineffective techniques that did not take physiological, congenital or environmental factors into account. Today’s recovery professionals recognize that all of these things are related to each other and that if they are treated in an integrated way, healing can finally be realized. We can help you find that healing. Call now.