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  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

Behavioral Health:
Non-suicidal Self-Harm

Doctors consider self-injury to be an impulse control disorder. Cutting isn't always a mental disorder.

Some may do it for attention or as a result of drug use or peer influence.

People, who intentionally harm themselves, for any reason, should be evaluated by a mental health professional.

Treatment is often difficult and depends on the underlying cause. It usually includes:

  • Medications, such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers
  • Psychotherapy

[Reference: Behavioral Health, Module D, High Risk Behavior]
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  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Behavioral Health: MH Access Issues

The less intensive models of case management (CM) seem to increase patients' links to, and use of, mental health services at relatively modest cost. More intensive models reduce hospitalizations and appear to help patients to increase:

  • daily-task functioning
  • residential stability
  • independence

Access to a delivery system is critical for individuals with severe mental illness for treatment of symptoms and to achieve a measure of community participation.

The deficiency of existing service systems is best documented for individuals with schizophrenia.

[Reference: Behavioral Health, Module D, High Risk Behavior, CM Role]
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  Improving Patient Care...  

Behavioral Health: Predicting Violence

There is a small subgroup of people with severe and persistent mental illnesses who become violent, with violence defined as threatening, hitting, fighting or hurting another person.

Mental illnesses are biological, psychological and social. Psychiatrists take into account these intertwined areas of an ill person's life in divining a diagnosis and in designing an effective treatment plan. However, these factors are not always sufficient to predict behavior.

Recent research has shown that the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses.

[Reference: Behavioral Health, Module D, High Risk Behavior]
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