Behavioral & Emotional Health

in New York, New York

When it comes to navigating life, your mental health is just as important as your body’s health. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 1 in 5 women experienced a mental health condition over the past year, which includes depression and anxiety. If you feel like you’re struggling with behavioral or emotional health, it’s important to take the right steps and seek out help.

What is Behavioral & Emotional Health?

This often covers a wide range of topics, but it directly correlates with your mental wellness and emotional wellbeing. The fact is, many different things can cause your mental, behavioral, and emotional health to decline.


Women are almost twice as likely to get depression as men. It can manifest in feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, exhaustion, and loss of interest in your hobbies, among other things. There are many different causes of depression like hormone levels, stress, trauma, or certain medications. Depression can be treated with a combination of antidepressants and therapy with a mental health professional.


It’s normal to become anxious in certain situations, but for some women, it interferes with everyday life. This usually accompanies symptoms of a rapid heart rate, nausea, trouble breathing, and dizziness, which can sometimes lead to a panic attack. Anxiety disorders can be caused by things like hormonal fluctuations, genetics, and trauma. Anxiety disorders can be treated with medications and counseling.


There are many things that can cause prolonged stress, like your job, childcare, or relationships. It’s well-documented that long-term stress can have a negative impact on your health, both physical and mental. It has been linked to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, tension-related pain, and severe health problems like heart concerns or obesity.

Unhealthy Relationships

Abuse and trauma of all forms can increase your risks of developing mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. It can be extremely difficult to know if a relationship is unhealthy, so be sure to speak with a medical professional who can help.

Why is Behavioral & Emotional Health Important?

Good mental health can have positive effects on all aspects of life. It can help you cope with new challenges and achieve your goals, as well as know when your behavioral and emotional health are negatively affecting you. It also has a close relationship with your physical health, meaning it can help you remain healthy and make good choices. With a healthy outlook and awareness of your emotional and behavioral health, you can enjoy everything life has to offer.

What Steps Can I Take?

If you think you might be experiencing a mental health condition, you should speak with your gynecologist or a medical professional as soon as possible. They can help you assess your symptoms and recommend the right ways to address the causes. Also speak with a medical professional if you believe you’re in an unhealthy or abusive relationship and they can make sure you have the right steps to take to remain safe.

You can also make sure you remain physically healthy by getting regular exercise and eating healthy foods. Sugary, processed foods can have a negative effect on your body and mind, so be sure to replace them with fiber and water. Also, take stock of your vitamin levels and alcohol habits. If this feels like too much to accomplish on your own, your gynecologist can recommend the right steps to take.

Schedule an Appointment

Checking up on your mental, behavioral, and emotional health is just as important as checking to make sure your body is healthy. Our gynecologists can discuss your concerns and recommend an effective treatment plan during an appointment at our New York City office. To schedule an appointment, we invite you to call or fill out our online form so our patient coordinators can get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are behavioral disorders mental illnesses?

Not all behavioral disorders are considered mental illnesses. Some behavioral disorders may instead be influenced by environmental or sociological factors rather than psychological problems.

What is Behavioral Health vs Mental Health?

Mental health refers to the patient’s psychological state, and generally is measured by their ability to cope with everyday stresses, realize their potential, and work productively. Behavioral health can be considered a subset of mental health, and refers to the negative behaviors that a patient might engage in. This includes substance abuse, disordered eating, or gambling addiction, for example.

How can emotional and behavioral disorders be prevented?

Certain emotional or behavioral disorders can be prevented through early screening and treatment through cognitive training or other intervention.


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