Behavioral Health Department
The BCHC Behavioral Health Department sees adult patients with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety who are identified by their doctor and referred to a clinical care manager. BCHC also has a pediatric counselor that sees referrals from our pediatricians for issues such as bullying, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, or behavior modifications. Because the care managers work closely with your physician, it is extremely important for you to see your doctor first so that we can keep him or her informed of your progress and be aware of any medical conditions that may also be affecting your mood.
During your appointments, the clinical care manager will evaluate the severity of your anxiety or depression using various questionnaires and staff your condition by telephone with a consulting psychiatrist. Depending on your symptoms and the severity, the psychiatrist may recommend some type of medication which will be prescribed by your doctor.
In addition to evaluating your condition, the clinical care managers will provide free behavior activation counseling and/or problem solving counseling during your 6-8 appointments.
This counseling focuses on a) helping you manage your symptoms, b) returning the patient to pleasurable activities and routines and c) addressing any situations or events that may continue to cause or increase your symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.
NOTE: Unfortunately, BCHC is only able to treat patients with mild to moderate forms of depression and/or anxiety. There is no psychiatrist or psychologist on staff and more severe or chronic conditions such as substance abuse disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia or any other conditions requiring more in depth treatment or evaluation must be referred out.
Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It`s more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include:
Depression, even the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder. As with many illnesses, the earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.
The first step to getting appropriate treatment for depression is a physical examination by a physician. Certain medications as well as some medical conditions such as viral infection, thyroid disorder or others can cause the same symptoms of depression, and the physician should rule out these possibilities through examination, Interview, and lab tests. If a physical cause for the depression is ruled out, a psychological evaluation should be done, by the physician or by referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
There is no single known cause of depression. Rather, it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors.
Once diagnosed, a person with depression can be treated with a number of methods. The most common treatments are medication and psychotherapy.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person`s ability to lead a normal life.
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness