What is Behavioral Medicine?

Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary field that utilizes behavioral health techniques (CBT, relaxation, hypnosis, biofeedback, mindfulness meditation, and others) to treat a variety of medical and behavioral health conditions.

It primarily targets the treatment of medical conditions that are exacerbated by stress and other psychological factors, such as: hypertension, diabetes, IBS, migraine headaches, TMJ, skin disorders, sexual disorders, and others.

The field also specializes in the treatment of conditions that are associated with habits and lifestyle, such as: insomnia, obesity and smoking.

In addition, behavioral medicine interventions can be applied to the treatment of most common mental health disorders, such as: depression, anxiety disorders (panic, generalized anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD), and ADHD, among others.

Behavioral medicine clinicians typically have a background in one of the mental health disciplines (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and mental health counselors), but there’s a growing number of medical providers (physicians, osteopaths, dentists, nurses, physician assistants) undergoing training in behavioral medicine interventions given the application of this specialty area in the treatment of medical conditions.

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