Mental health is a complex, and sometimes misunderstood issue. Our practice is here to help you learn about and address it. At Matthews-Vu Medical Group, our behavioral health providers work closely with primary care teams to best coordinate every individual’s care and health needs. We do this by addressing a behavioral health ailment with consideration to the complex biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to that ailment. Services include medication evaluations, genetic testing, support, and therapy. If at any time you or a loved one may need mental and behavioral health support, talk to your primary care provider about all available treatment options.
"Behavioral health" refers to any healthcare focused on a person's emotions and/or behaviors. This type of care can include well recognized mental health support services; but it also extends to various efforts to support good health through good habits and behaviors. Additionally, addressing unhealthy habits will even be a helpful part of treating mental health overall.
At the Matthews-Vu Medical Group, our behavioral health providers work closely with primary medical teams to best coordinate every individual’s care and health needs while considering the complex interactions between various biological, psychological, and social factors that influence health and illness. Services include medication evaluations, genetic testing, support, and therapy.
Our behavioral health providers offer treatment for issues such as:
The term “mental health” or “mental illness” is an umbrella statement used to refer to numerous conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Often, these illnesses develop to various imbalances of chemicals and/or hormones in the human body and brain. These imbalances are what lead to debilitating moods, thinking, and symptoms.
Mental illness typically does not present suddenly or "out of the blue"; instead, the people surrounding the afflicted individual often begin to recognize small changes in behavior as the illness increases in intensity. Because of this, it’s important to listen to the concerns of loved ones, as well as to seek safe avenues to communicate any concerns you feel for a loved one of your own.
While there are several hundred mental health conditions, many of these health issues present with similar symptoms that you can mention to a doctor; then, your medical team can determine exactly what you need treatment for. Common and/or urgent reasons to seek professional and comprehensive mental health services include the following:
Because these symptoms develop and last over a period of time, many people struggling with these symptoms do not realize they are not the norm. Others may avoid treatment out of shame or fear. Both lines of thought are incorrect and will prevent people from reaching their healthy potential. If you're concerned about your - or a friend or family member’s - mental health, never hesitate to seek advice and begin a conversation about your - or their - care needs.
Mental health is commonly treated with therapy (to help you learn to take healthier actions, improve relationships, express emotions in healthy ways, etc.) and medication meant to provide balance to the hormones and chemicals that are creating your symptoms (including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications). Combined with a support network, these treatments can provide relief to mental illness sufferers.
In addition to addressing mental illness, our behavioral health team is able to provide the following care and support to our patients: