Behavioral Health

Prima Medicine -  - Internal Medicine

Prima Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Fairfax, VA & South Riding, VA

While many people pay close attention to physical ailments, it’s common for people to pay less attention to behavioral issues. If you suffer from some form of behavioral health challenge, you are among the millions of Americans today who do so. The team of doctors and nurse practitioners at Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, provide their patients with compassionate and experienced guidance on behavioral health issues, helping them get the support and care that they need. Call or go online to schedule your appointment today.

Behavioral Health Q & A

What is behavioral health?

The term behavioral health is often used interchangeably with mental health and refers to a person’s psychological well-being. Many people take their emotional and psychological stability for granted, but others are not so lucky.

People can face many psychological challenges, making it more difficult to function on a day-to-day basis. These disorders affect how a person feels, acts, thinks, and relates to other people. Often, these challenges are swept under the rug, as the person tries to deal with them on their own.

However, there is no shame in seeking professional help, and fortunately, many treatments are available.

What are some common behavioral health issues?

Behavioral health is a term that refers to a wide range of issues. While they all manifest in different ways, they can all be very harmful to a person’s well-being and ability to function in day-to-day life.

These behavioral health disorders include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

This is only a partial list. Many other mental health disorders exist and present challenges to those affected by them and to their family, friends, and others.

What are the symptoms?

As there are many types of behavioral health challenges, the symptoms can vary widely in their presentation and severity. However, this is a list of some of the common symptoms associated with behavioral health disorders:

  • Mood swings
  • Problems with relationships
  • Isolation
  • Hallucinations
  • Substance abuse
  • Problems with sleep
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

This is not a complete list. If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of a behavioral health disorder, seek medical care. A number of effective treatments are available that can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.

What behavioral health treatments are available?

The best time to start treating a behavioral health disorder is early on. However, treatment at any time can effectively improve a person’s emotional and psychological well-being as well as outward behavioral symptoms of the disorder.

Some of these treatments include:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

While some people with severe challenges might not respond well to treatment, when diagnosed and treated early, many people with behavioral health disorders make a full recovery or learn how to manage their symptoms effectively.

If you are suffering, help is just a click or call away. Call or go online today to schedule your appointment with the team of compassionate doctors and nurse practitioners at Prima Medicine.