Behavioral Medicine

La Mer Holistic Medicine

Holistic and Integrative Medicine & Behavioral Health located in Oxnard, CA

How you think, feel, and act are essential components of your mental and emotional health. At La Mer Holistic Medicine in Oxnard, California, the team of clinicians that use evidence-based techniques to improve your behavioral health. From mindfulness to CBT therapy, La Mer Holistic Medicine offers a variety of techniques to treat mental health. Call the office, or schedule a visit online to learn more.

Behavioral Medicine Q&A

What is behavioral medicine?

Behavioral medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on the connected relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health. Many conditions that behavioral medicine treats tend to flare-up during times of stress and anxiety.

Providers that practice behavioral medicine aim to change the way you respond to certain situations and stressors in your life to improve your overall health and sense of well-being.

Who needs behavioral medicine?

Nearly anyone can benefit from behavioral medicine, but it can have a significant impact on your quality of life if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

The above conditions typically worsen during times of stress, but learning certain behavioral health techniques can help you cope with new challenges that may pose a threat to your mental and physical health.

What is included in behavioral medicine?

Depending on your specific condition, the behavioral health specialists and psychiatrists at La Mer Holistic Medicine may recommend one or more of the following techniques:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors into positive responses. If you’re stressed and anxious about work, for example, CBT can help you overcome patterns of negative self-talk, so you can cope with anxiety in a positive way.

Relaxation training

Relaxation training aims to relieve stress on your mind and body to lower your heart rate, improve digestion, improve your sleep quality, fight chronic fatigue and pain, and more.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback teaches you to be fully aware of the physiological functions in your body to give you a better sense of control. Biofeedback can help you gain control of a rapid heart rate, increased anxiety, and shallow breathing.

Lifestyle changes

If certain lifestyle habits are holding you back from achieving optimal health, the team may recommend modifications to get you back on track. This may include diet changes, a better exercise routine, quitting smoking, and even new supplements.

Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. The psychiatric team at La Mer Holistic Medicine may prescribe certain types of therapy or medication to improve your mental and emotional health.

To learn more about the benefits of behavioral medicine, call La Mer Holistic Medicine or book an appointment online today.