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Behavioral Health

Basic Information

Behavioral health is a state of mental and emotional being and choices and actions that affect wellness.

- Substance abuse and misuse are one set of behavioral health problems.

- Others include serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental illness.

- Such problems are far-reaching and exact an enormous toll on individuals, their families and communities, and the border society.

- The annual total estimated societal cost of substance abuse in the United States is $510.8 billion, with an estimated 23.5 million Americans age 12 and older needing treatment for substance use.

- Each year, approximately 5,000 youth under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking.

- More   than 34,000 Americans die every year as a result of suicide, approximately one every 15 minutes.

- Half of all lifetime causes of mental and substance use disorders begin by age 14 and three- fourths by age 24, in 2008, an estimated 9.8 million adults in the U.S. had a serious mental illness. 



Suicide Warning Signs

The Florida State University has a suicide prevention guideline. The unavoidable anxiety that accompanies the acclamation to college life can evolve into depression. Be it through homesickness, difficulty adjusting, or overwhelming academics, Florida State University students are susceptible to mental distress and even suicide.

The following are some possible Behavioral Health warning signs:

- Feeling very sad and withdrawn for more than two weeks.

- Serious trying to harm themselves, or making plans to do so.

- Experiencing sudden overwhelming fear no reason, something with a racing heat or fast breathing.

- Getting in many fights or wanting to hurt other.

- Showing server out- on- control behavioral that can hurt oneself or other.

- Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make himself or herself lose weight.

- Having intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities.

- Experiencing extreme difficulty controlling behavior, putting themselves  in physical danger or causing problem in school.

- Using drugs or alcohol repeatedly

- Having severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

- Showing drastic changes in behavior or personality


Help & Assistance

The Florida State University's Psychiatric Clinic provides quality psychiatric health care for FSU students. Psychiatric care is provided by doctors and nurses who specialize in the treatment of mental, emotional or behavioral disorders.

- The Florida State University psychiatric service works collaboratively with university health service medical clinicians and the FSU community. For more information please visit Florida State University Psychiatric Services



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