Different Types of Behavioral Health Issues
The term behavioral health can often be improperly defined. The true definition of behavioral health is the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors, and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life, and their concept of self. At Nextus Billing Solutions, we make it a priority to become as knowledgeable on the different types of behavioral health issues as possible. It is important to us to have that education for ourselves but also for the outside world that may not fully understand what behavioral health means. Here is a look into a few different kinds of behavioral health issues and what they mean:
Depression & Anxiety
A common misconception is that behavioral health and mental health are either the same thing or are completely different things. Mental health actually falls under the bigger, overarching umbrella which is behavioral health. Two familiar types of mental health are depression and anxiety. They are arguably the most widespread common forms of mental health issues. A person can have one or the other or have them both in tandem. Depression is a group of conditions associated with the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood. It negatively affects the way someone feels, thinks, and/or acts. Anxiety is an intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Both of these disorders can be treated with the help of a behavioral health facility.
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Drug and alcohol abuse also fall under the umbrella of behavioral health issues. There are several different factors and causes that can lead to someone having a substance abuse problem. Different factors include peer pressure, physical abuse, mental abuse, early exposure to drugs and alcohol, family history, and stress. These are just a few of the reasons that someone may develop a drug and/or alcohol addiction. Many behavioral health facilities offer an array of different forms of treatment for this sort of substance abuse. A lot of facilities offer inpatient treatments that would be considered a form of rehabilitation. Some cases can call for outpatient care. Behavioral health providers are able to evaluate case-by-case situations to ensure they’re giving their patients the best care for drug and alcohol abuse issues.
OCD & PTSD
Two other types of behavioral health issues are Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While both are very different disorders, they also fall in the behavioral health category. OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to compulsive behavior. PTSD is a disorder in which someone has a difficult time after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often trauma-focused. Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can include extensive forms of talk therapy. Both can sometimes call for medication if deemed necessary by the behavioral health provider.
While these are not all of the behavioral health issues out there, they are a few of the common ones that providers and facilities often see. Many are unaware of what behavioral health actually is so our hope is that this brought a little bit of clarity.
At Nextus Billing Solutions, we make it a point to be knowledgeable about the industry we are providing billing and claims services. As we like to say, we treat your business like it’s our own, because it is. To us, it’s about more than just going through the motions of logistics and paperwork. It’s about partnering with every client, facility, and provider to ensure that they can trust us with some of the most important parts of their business. To learn more, please visit our website.