More than 50% of Americans are living with a mental illness or mental health disorder. Behavioral health works to minimize uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Total Family Medical in Robert, Louisiana, the primary care specialists provide behavioral health services to adults and teens. To see if you can benefit, book an in-person or telemedicine appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the office today.
Behavioral health is a medical specialty focused on your emotional and psychological well-being. When you have good mental health and a positive outlook, you’re better able to demonstrate resilience and take on life’s daily challenges.
Several factors influence behavioral health, including life events, genetics, and environment. If you want to maintain good mental health, it’s important to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and form effective coping skills to help deal with your problems.
Total Family Medical uses behavioral health to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by emotional instability, feelings of worthlessness or impulsivity, and impaired social relationships. Often, it triggers intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that last for several hours or days.
Low-level schizophrenia is a type of psychosis. It can trigger hallucinations, delusions, strange behavior, and disorganized speech. Anyone can experience schizophrenia, but it tends to run in families. Other risk factors include heavy drug use during adolescence and autoimmune system abnormalities.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes you to experience extreme highs, followed by extreme lows. These intense fluctuations can sap your energy and prevent you from thinking reasonably. An estimated 2.6% of Americans have bipolar disorder.
Everyone feels sad on occasion, but if your symptoms persist for weeks or even months, it may be due to depression. Depression causes intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness. It can drain your energy and cause you to lose interest in activities you used to love. An estimated 7% of Americans experience at least one depressive episode each year.
Anxiety causes you to worry or stress out about many things, even if there’s little reason to. If you suffer from anxiety, you might feel like the world is out to get you. When left untreated, anxiety can affect your performance at work and make it difficult to maintain personal relationships.
At Total Family Medical, a behavioral health appointment begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle. After gathering this information, your provider conducts a physical exam and a psychological assessment.
If your provider suspects your symptoms are due to an underlying health problem, they order laboratory tests like blood work or urinalysis. Lastly, you complete a mental health questionnaire. Take your time and answer each question as honestly as possible.
Once your Total Family Medical provider makes a diagnosis, they develop a custom treatment plan. Treatment for behavioral health problems typically involves a combination of prescription medication, healthy lifestyle changes, and counseling or talk therapy.
Don’t wait to request a behavioral health consultation at Total Family Medical. Book an in-person or telehealth appointment by calling the office or booking online today.