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.

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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.

How are behavioral and conduct disorders diagnosed?

Behavioral and conduct disorders are diagnosed by psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. These professionals can conduct screening tests and observe attitudes or behaviors to make a diagnosis. They may also recommend physical exams or blood tests to rule out any physical illnesses that could cause symptoms.

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.

How does TV affect childrens behavior?

TV can affect children's eating habits, often leading to poorer health habits. It can also affect their level of aggression and cause them to perform violent behaviors they see on television.

How is behavioral disorder treated?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to behavioral disorders, and in some cases, the solution might be a combination of different therapies. These can include psychotherapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, behavioral management training, parent education, social skills training, and family support services.

Is ADHD considered a mental illness?

Mental illness is a condition that affects mood, thinking, and behavior. ADHD falls under this classification and is considered a mental illness.

Is anxiety considered behavioral health?

Anxiety is considered a mental health condition, but when your anxiety starts to affect your behaviors, it can also lead to behavioral health problems.

Is insomnia a mental illness?

Insomnia on its own is considered a sleep disorder, but it can often be caused by certain mental illnesses like depression or anxiety. Sleep disorders can also lead to mental health issues if not treated.

What age do behavior problems start?

Behavioral problems can begin to show as early as 2 or 3 years of age. However, behavioral problems can show in children of many different ages.

What are emotional and behavioral problems?

Emotional and behavioral problems are classified as either internalizing or externalizing behaviors with emotional problems being internalized problems and behavioral problems being externalized problems. Emotional problems include depression and anxiety and behavioral problems include ADHD and conduct disorder.

What are social milestones?

Social milestones are different moments in your child's early years that show their ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. These milestones are guidelines that state what age most children typically perform certain behaviors,

What are some examples of emotional skills?

Some examples of emotional skills include recognizing if someone is sad and asking if they're ok, being able to relate to others, and expressing themselves around friends in a different way than they do around their parents.

What are the 4 behavior types?

There are four basic personality types: optimistic, pessimistic, trusting, and envious.

What are the 5 signs of emotional suffering?

The five signs of emotional suffering to look out for in friends, family and loved ones are:n1.tTheir personality has changed.n2.tThey display agitation, anger, anxiety, or moodiness.n3.tThey are withdrawn or isolating themselves.n4.tThey are not caring for themselves or are participating in dangerous behavior.n5.tThey are feeling overwhelmed, worthless, or hopeless.

What are the 5 signs of mental illness?

The five signs of mental illness include personality changes, emotional changes, increased isolation, absence of self-care, and feelings of hopelessness or overwhelm.

What are the 6 types of anxiety disorders?

The six types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobia-related disorder, and agoraphobia.

What are the 7 types of mental disorders?

The 7 types of mental disorders include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, disruptive behavior and dissocial disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.

What are the causes of emotional behavioral disorder?

The cause of emotional behavioral disorders is still unknown but some of the possible causes include heredity, brain disorders, family functioning, stress, and diet. It can be biological, developmental, environmental, or learned behavior.

What are the characteristics of emotional behavioral disorder?

Some of the characteristics of emotional behavioral disorders include hyperactivity, aggression, withdrawal, immaturity (like poor coping skills and temper tantrums), and learning difficulties.

What are the milestones of emotional development?

The milestones of emotional development change as a child gets older. A few of the milestones of emotional development include smiling and laughter, tolerating time away from parents, developing an identity, and showing and developing different emotions as they age.

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.

What is Behavioral Medicine Health Psychology?

Behavioral medicine health psychology is a specialized area of psychology that focuses on using psychological and behavioral principles to improve physical health, reduce symptoms of illness, and prevent illness.

What is behavioral problems in adults?

Some of the behavioral problems adults may experience include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder, anxiety disorders,ndisruptive behavioral disorders, and emotional disorders.

What is mental health counseling?

Mental health counseling is a form of talk therapy that is meant to promote optimal mental health. This form of therapy involves talking to a trained mental health professional who will listen to you and help you find a way to overcome your emotional issues.

What is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood?

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder among children. It usually begins in childhood but can affect adults as well.


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