Behavioral Health Specialist

Lagniappe Medical Clinic -  - Primary Care Physician

Lagniappe Medical Clinic

Primary Care Physicians & Multi-Specialty Group located in Columbia, SC & Blythewood, SC

Behavioral health is a growing specialty that acknowledges the effect of your actions on every aspect of your life. The highly experienced health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic uses behavioral health techniques to prevent illness and improve the lives of people with problems as diverse as addiction, mental health issues, and chronic diseases. With branches in Columbia, Blythewood, and West Columbia, Lagniappe Medical Clinic has an ideal location for every resident of this region of South Carolina. Call the clinic nearest you today to schedule an appointment, or use the online tool.

Behavioral Health Q & A

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health encompasses the actions each individual takes that influences their health, for example, smoking, using illegal pharmaceuticals, eating junk food, or self-harm.

The term is often used interchangeably with mental health, but in truth, mental health is an area of medicine that comes under the umbrella of behavioral health. Not all aspects of mental health can be remedied by behavioral changes, and behavior can influence many aspects of physical health too.

What’s crucial is for patients and their health care team to recognize how behavior is impacting health, and where changes could be made to improve mental and physical well-being.

What does behavioral health cover?

Behavioral health is an important aspect of many areas of medicine and has applications in areas such as:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatry
  • Marriage guidance
  • Nutrition counseling

Behavioral health is also a key factor in preventing and treating many diseases and medical conditions, including:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers

These diseases and others are often directly related to lifestyle issues such as having a poor diet, smoking, drinking excessive quantities of alcohol, and lack of exercise.

Behavioral health can also help people cope with long-term health problems like chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, and fibromyalgia. Using behavioral health techniques improves the physical and mental health of patients living with chronic medical problems and helps keep them stay active for longer.

How does behavioral health apply to me?

It’s likely that whatever brings you to Lagniappe Medical Clinic has at least some connection to behavior. For example, if you’re experiencing symptoms of heart disease or diabetes, your diet, weight, and how much you exercise are almost certainly part of the problem.

By changing your behavior so you eat healthier food, lose weight, and do more exercise, you can reduce the damage to your body. In some cases, you can even reverse the effects of disease; For instance, making behavioral changes can reduce blood pressure if you have hypertension, or lower blood sugar to normal levels if you have prediabetes.

Including behavioral health in your treatment plan enables your doctor at Lagniappe Medical Clinic to help you address the behaviors that contribute to your health problems. By providing education, support, and practical help with changing damaging behavior, your doctor can achieve far more than by using medication alone.

Call Lagniappe Medical Clinic today for more information on behavioral health, or book an appointment online.

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