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St. Luke's Behavioral Health Services helps people with a wide variety of mental and behavioral health issues, including:

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Mental and Behavioral Health Issues

Anxiety disorders – Anxiety that does not stop, but instead, becomes progressively worse. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic disorder and more. Learn more about the causes of anxiety.

Attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD) – A disorder characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity and an inability to pay attention. These characteristics last for more than six months.

Bipolar disorder – A serious mental illness that usually starts during the late teen or early adult years. People with bipolar disorder have dramatic mood swings, often with periods of normal behavior in between. Learn more about depressive and manic episodes.

Depression – Severe and persistent feelings of sadness or worthlessness that affect daily life. Typically beginning in the mid-teen to young adult years, the symptoms of depression can include:

  • Energy loss
  • Weight loss
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Thoughts of suicide

See the checklist of 10 symptoms of clinical depression.

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Grief and Bereavement – Grief is the natural response to a loss. We grieve the loss of objects, relationships, physical health and, of course, the death of a loved one. Bereavement is the act of processing grief. Bereavement journeys are as unique as relationships.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – A type of anxiety disorder. People with OCD have recurring and unwanted thoughts (obsessions), and demonstrate repetitive or ritualistic behavior (compulsions). Although people with OCD realize they have it, they are unable to control the obsessions and compulsions.

Panic disorder – A type of anxiety disorder that causes repeated and unexpected feelings of irrational fear or terror for no reason. These panic episodes tend to last less than 15 minutes.

Phobias – Anxiety disorders involving intense and irrational fears of an activity, situation (public speaking), object (insects) and more. If people with phobias cannot avoid their feared object or situation, they may experience shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, panic and more.

Postpartum depression – Mood changes that follow the birth of a baby. Postpartum depression is often described as stronger and longer-lasting feelings of “baby blues.” The symptoms of postpartum depression include sadness, crying spells, fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite and more.

Post-traumatic stress disorder – A type of anxiety felt by people who have experienced a particularly distressing event, such as accidents, war, rape, natural disasters and more. The symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, sleep difficulty, feelings of guilt or anger and more. The symptoms can start immediately after the traumatic event or they may take months or years to appear.

Stress – Mental, emotional or physical strain. Continuous stress can increase the risk of heart disease, depression and more.