Behavioral Health vs. Mental Health [Mental Health in Marriage: Part 1]

Behavioral health is sort of a newer term over 
the last maybe the last 20-25 years or so.   What it used to be is psychiatric care and 
psychiatric care sort of expanded to be more   than just psychiatry. And so we called it mental 
health. Mental illness – mental health. But then   mental was sort of stigmatizing, like psychiatry 
was sort of stigmatizing. So we tried to find   a word to describe it a little bit better. What 
psychiatry really is, is understanding why we do   what we do.

Why we make the decisions that 
we make. Why we behave the way we behave. So   we came up with this term behavioral health to 
sort of be this big umbrella over addictions,   all the mental health psychological, psychiatric, 
all those things that were in that space we now   call behavioral health. And that also encompasses 
behaviors like exercise and eating habits   and some things that maybe aren't illnesses or 
psychological issues but are healthy behaviors.   How do we do more of those healthy behaviors 
to bring that under the umbrella of behavioral   health? So when we talk about behavioral health 
it's about that mental health but we want to be   less stigmatizing so that more people will 
embrace it and get the help that they need.   So we call it behavioral health which is a little 
bit more user-friendly.

Behavioral health issues,   you know, are these psychiatric diagnoses. First 
of all, we sort of divide them into two groups.   There's the mental health issues and then there's 
the addiction issues. So those are, sort of, two   main subsets. Addiction issues are the different 
chemicals that people can be addicted to. Caffeine   the most common one that we give away for free 
in church. But, you know, it's alcohol, nicotine,   all the other illicit drugs, marijuana, opioids, 
cocaine, methamphetamine, all the designer drugs,   K2 and those kind of things. 
But then there's prescription   drug addiction as well so the opioid pain pills 
like oxycontin and Percocets, sedative-hypnotic   tranquilizers like benzodiazepines, Xanax, valium, 

So those are the chemical addictions   or substance addictions and then there's the 
process addictions. So those would be things like   gambling or shopping, sex, pornography. Things 
that are behaviors that somebody's addicted to   and have a hard time stopping even though there's 
consequences. So that's the addiction side   of behavioral health, then there's the mental 
health side of behavioral health. One category   is the mood disorders. So there's depression, 
bipolar disorder. There's seasonal depression,   there's postpartum depression, chronic depression 
or some of those.

There's anxiety disorders. So   panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, 
social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety   disorder. There's trauma-related disorders 
PTSD being the biggest one or acute stress   disorder – when somebody's been exposed to a 
stressful situation and they have difficulties   with that. Oh and then there's schizophrenia. 
So there's areas where people have trouble with   reality. So when they have psychosis-schizophrenia 
or schizoaffective disorder is another category of   mental disorders. So less common ones are eating 
disorders. So there's anorexia, there's bulimia,   there's binge eating disorders, sexual 
disorders – where people just have trouble with   either being a voyeur and observing people or with 
masturbation or rubbing up against people and so   there's various sexual fetishes.

disorders where people have difficulties with   their body sensations or they have pain 
that's not caused by any medical issue.   Or they have maybe blindness or physical issues 
that are caused from psychological problems.   So there's a bunch of other psychological 
issues that affect our body and affect   the way we think how we view things, 
ourselves and cause some emotional distress.

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