Behavioral Health Medicine in New Jersey
Caring for patients' physical and mental well-being
At Vanguard Medical Group, we believe that mental health services help to support each patient’s overall health and wellbeing. That’s why we are proud to offer behavioral health services to patients throughout New Jersey. With extensive experience and training, our team is able to diagnose and treat many behavioral health issues in patients over the age of 18. Because we use a Collaborative Care model, you must be an established Vanguard patient to participate in our behavioral health program.
What Is Behavioral Health?
Behavioral health is the area of medicine that focuses on how cognitive habits and behaviors interact with and affect one’s overall wellbeing, including their emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Sometimes called mental health, behavioral health is a vital component of primary care, as studies show a clear link between mental disorders and chronic medical conditions. For instance, research has shown that individuals with diabetes, heart disease, or another chronic illness are more likely to develop depression or another behavioral health condition. Likewise, those suffering from untreated depression are more likely to develop a chronic disease.
Behavioral Health Conditions We Treat
As a primary care provider with behavioral health specialists on staff, Vanguard Medical Group offers behavioral health services that highlight our commitment to treat the whole person, as the connection between physical and mental health is a strong one. Examples of the behavioral health conditions and disorders we treat include the following:
Our Behavioral Health Services
Our behavioral health team is comprised of psychiatric nurse practitioners, who hold master’s degrees in psychiatric nursing. We are able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of behavioral health conditions and have the ability to prescribe the appropriate medications when necessary. Whether you’re a new or returning patient, our knowledgeable team offers confidential, comprehensive evaluations that enable you to ask important questions and determine the best course of treatment, which may include:
- Medication: From antidepressants to prescriptions for anxiety, we can recommend effective medications for your behavioral health condition based on your unique medical history and other medications you might be taking.
- Counseling: Our psychiatric nurse practitioners may choose to initiate talk therapy or refer you to a therapist in the local community who is equipped to listen to your concerns and provide specialized guidance.
- Stress management: You’ll learn techniques to help reduce the emotional overload you might be experiencing, ranging from yoga and meditation to eating a more nutritious diet.
Learn More About Our Behavioral Health Services
Our behavioral health team is ready to help you prioritize your mental health. We offer convenient hours, including evenings, to make our behavioral health care accessible to our patients via telemedicine. What’s more, our patients gain access to a wide range of other specialized healthcare services provided by our board-certified physicians.
Please visit our website to complete the Behavioral Health Screening Forms and someone from our team will be in touch to schedule an appointment. If our psychiatric nurse practitioners assess that you need services beyond the scope of what Vanguard can offer, we will connect you with resources and providers who can help.