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Remote Monitoring and Behavioral Health

Remote Monitoring and Behavioral Health

Mental health and drug use disorders are treated in the field of behavioral health.

When we talk about mental health, we frequently refer to conditions like depression and anxiety that damage our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The term “substance use disorders” describes a person’s drug dependence, which affects their brain and results in dangerous behavior.

There is a significant rate of co-occurrence for both mental health and substance use disorders, and one can cause the other. Over half of people who have a mental health illness will also take drugs at some point in their lives, and vice versa.

Alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine are the most common substances among the 20 million Americans who suffer from a substance use disorder. A mental health condition affects 51 million Americans.

Because it isn’t viewed as being as fatal as chronic care or as urgent as acute care, it often goes unnoticed. But for the reasons listed below, such reasoning is fallacious.

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  • The single element affecting the quality of life is mortality. Additionally, mobility and usefulness are vital since they can sap happiness from life if compromised. As we are talking about behavioral health, poor mental health may result in undesirable conduct, which in turn may result in poor physical wellness.

Even if we are only discussing mortality, having a mental illness or a substance use disorder might increase the co-existence of two or more diseases or health issues in a single patient, which is associated with a higher death rate. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lists schizophrenia, drug misuse, depression, and alcoholism as chronic diseases, therefore having any one of these things along with another chronic condition can be lethal.

  • Because they deal with the physical body, surgery and other treatments are given priority right away, while therapy does not. Nine out of ten Americans with substance use disorders are considered to go untreated.

Whether something is considered necessary depends on how long or how short-term-focused you are. In the short term, taking care of the physical body alone may keep a person mobile and functional, but neglecting the mental components of health can result in poor decisions that worsen the physical state, bringing things full circle.

  • It may be neglecting the issue’s core causes to treat mental health and substance use issues as an afterthought to chronic and acute care. In the USA, one in five adults suffers from a mental disease, and doctors report that mental health problems have gotten worse throughout the COVID-19 era.

It is mental diseases and drug use disorders that might impede a person’s recovery or make their treatment more challenging. For instance, sadness makes it more difficult to manage heart disease, high blood pressure, and post-surgical care. Thus, neglecting mental health may serve as a catalyst for the re-emergence of other problems.

The fact of the situation is that behavioral health cannot be avoided. Access to care should be available to all who require it. Through behavioral health integration, behavioral health was treated in a similar way to how primary care models incorporated chronic care.

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