For Lasting Improvements, People with Behavioral Health Challenges and Chronic Illness Need A Personalized, High-Touch Approach to Care
Over the past year, more Americans have reported struggling with behavioral health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. The stressors are significant – millions of Americans have faced illness, grief, and isolation, as well as job loss and the cascade of events that can follow.
Significant barriers and challenges prevent many people with behavioral health issues and co-morbid chronic conditions from getting the care they need. Stigma, shame, cultural mores, health literacy, and previous negative experiences cause many people to distrust the healthcare system. Further, external socio-economic barriers such as cost, accessibility, and disparities in health equity prevent many from attaining care.
Behavioral health challenges are developed, many times, over years and require adequate time to realize change that directly and significantly affects quality of life.
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