Let’s face it, drugs are not the best answer to all medical conditions. No matter what the symptom, there seems to be a medication to treat it. Whether it is indigestion, acid reflux, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hypertension, or headaches, there is a pill for it. For the most part, these drugs only treat the symptoms temporarily. They usually are not getting to the cause of the problem or stopping the symptoms permanently.
Behavioral health training is an area that takes into account a person’s behavior and the role it plays in their health and overall well-being. What are some of the things that a person does that can affect their health and well-being? Here is a partial list: physical activity, eating, sleep, attitude or outlook on life.
Healthcare providers are beginning to acquire additional training so that they can help patients to become and stay more healthy. Does your doctor follow the old drug model, asking what is the symptom and then quickly prescribing a medication? If your doctor is incorporating behavioral health into their practice then they will be asking you about much more than your symptoms. Some of the kinds of questions that you should expect to be asked are: What kind of work do you do? How much do you exercise? What kinds of foods do you eat? Do you smoke? How much alcohol do you drink? Do you use any drugs? What is your social life like? Are you married? Do you have children?