Behavioral Health focuses on the habits and behaviors that you do in your daily life, and the way you think about things, that can contribute to decreased physical and/or emotional health. You may be unaware just how much your daily/routine behaviors impact your overall health and wellness.
HOW THERAPY WILL ASSIST YOU IN IMPROVING YOUR PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH
In therapy, your treating provider will assist you in modifying some of those behaviors and thoughts that have become engrained patterns. Therapy includes behavior modification and skills training in order to address stress, sleep difficulties, weight management, diabetes management, tobacco cessation, goal setting when motivation is low, medication adherence, general anxiety/depression, and more. Improving your daily habits and behaviors is very important in the prevention of chronic illness and physical health problems such as insomnia, obesity, Diabetes Mellitus (DM), hypertension, IBS, headaches, chronic pain, and more.
Certain sleep behaviors can contribute to insomnia, and sleep deprivation can impact daily mood, work performance, and motivation. Therapy will involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, teaching you new skills to reset your sleep cycle and learn healthy sleep behaviors so that your mind and body start to associate the bed and nighttime hours with sleep as opposed to alertness.
The prevalence of obesity affects over 93 million of the U.S. population. Obesity primarily results from a combination of behaviors and genetics. Eating habits and behaviors around meal time, dietary patterns, and inactivity can contribute to weight gain and lead to obesity. Consequences to physical health can included Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high LDL cholesterol, coronary heart disease, joint pain, and mental illness such as depression.
Therapy will involve setting specific behavioral goals for exercise, diet change, and weight loss, as well as learning new behavioral strategies around meal times. Sometimes emotions can be intimately paired with food; in this case therapy will also address emotional eating and how to cope with emotions in a more productive manner.
DIABETES MELLITUS (DM)
DM affects over 29 million people of the U.S. population. DM is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, blindness, and a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Perhaps you are diagnosed with DM and you continue to have elevated A1C levels, a test that is used to gauge how well you are managing your diabetes regime.
Therapy will involve learning how to make necessary lifestyle changes as related to monitoring blood sugar, changing eating habits and food choices, setting behavioral goals for exercise, medication adherence, and also will include examining your thoughts and beliefs that may be impacting your ability to successfully manage your Diabetes.
Stress can result in chronic worry thoughts and rumination about daily events. Stress can also result in physical symptoms, such as headaches, teeth grinding at night, muscle tension, and stomach/GI upset (i.e., IBS). Prolonged and unmanaged stress can lead to increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and tightness in your chest, otherwise known as a panic attack. Maybe at some point you presented to the ER thinking you were having a heart attack or you talked to your physician about wanting an EKG and cardiac monitoring. Symptoms of panic are often associated with stress and general anxiety.
Therapy will involve learning the early warning signs of stress (emotional, behavioral, and physical). You will learn skills to challenge upsetting thinking that results in chronic worry, learn relaxation skills in order to control breathing and reduce muscle tension, as well as receive assistance in setting specific behavioral goals for increased valued activities, exercise, proper nutrition, and adherence to sleep routine.