The link between your physical well-being and mental health is sometimes called behavioral health. Behavioral health recognizes that your body’s health can affect how your mind works, and your emotional state can impact your physical condition.
At Spring Creek Medical, our doctors and specialists understand this link and work with you to treat both sides. Behavioral health treatments can involve medication, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care, and other types of treatment to keep your mind and body in alignment.
Chronic Conditions and Behavioral Health
If you have a chronic medical condition, sometimes called a “comorbidity,” it can affect your mental health in ways you never considered. Behavioral health therapies work in tandem with your primary care doctor to address the behaviors, stressors, and other possible causes that may add to these conditions. Spring Creek Medical specialists can work with your doctor to integrate your primary treatment with a range of different therapies and counseling. Some conditions that might benefit from behavioral health therapies include:
- Diabetes. Not only does this disorder require blood sugar monitoring and medication, but it also requires changing your outlook on diet, exercise, and eating habits. Behavioral health therapy can help with your diabetes management.
- High blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease. Stress plays a vital role in regulating blood pressure. Controlling stress can positively impact your blood pressure and heart rate.
- Chronic pain. Back pain, neck pain, or any chronic nerve pain can lead to a lifetime dependence on pain killers. Behavioral therapy can alleviate some habits that increase pain and reduce dependency on potentially addictive medication.
Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions
At Spring Creek Medical, we understand that substance abuse and psychiatric illness often go together. Medication is sometimes the best way to address mental illness, but it is not the only way. Each person’s needs are unique, and what works for one person may not work for another.
Addictions to gambling, shopping, or video games are as real and painful as substance addiction. They can cause just as much harm to the patient and their family. In the cases of these addictions, there is no quick and easy medical fix to correct the problem. It must be addressed with therapy and counseling.
Spring Creek Medical has a team of doctors trained in psychology and behavioral healthcare. They will work with patients to identify the immediate problem and underlying cause. The patient’s overall health is of greatest concern, but eventually, the deeper reason for the abuse or mental illness should be addressed.
As the condition improves, our doctors and therapists will adjust your care accordingly to keep your treatment and therapy on track with your recovery. Whether you are managing a chronic condition or are recovering from addictive behavior, we will keep you moving toward a lasting and healthy lifestyle.
Spring Creek Medical believes that mental and physical health are connected, and we want to keep our patients healthy in every possible way. Schedule an appointment with us to keep all of you feeling well and doing well.