Treating Behavioral Health


Family Physicians Important Role in Behavioral Health Care


At least one in every five adults suffers from mental illness each year. In addition, patients living with serious mental illness face an increased risk for chronic health conditions and a shorter life span.  Family Physicians have a long-term unique relationship with their patients, which make it easier for them to discuss and answer honestly about their mental state.

 

Broadview Heights Family Medicine's Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health

 

At least annually BHFM screens our patients 12 years and older for depression by using standardized screening tools, such as PHQ-9 Patient Depression Questionnaire

 We screen, diagnosis, and treat many other common mental health disorders, some listed below:

 

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders and addictive disorders
  • Dementia
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders

 

BHFM co-manage patients with local behavioral health specialists if needed.  We share important medical records, treatment plans, and overall care management. Our physicians will identify patients that our beyond our expertise or ability to address. Some of these conditions include:

 

  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Severe depression
  • Failure of improvement of mental health condition despite multiple medications tried

 

BHFM is committed to improve the mental well being of our patients.