Behavioral Health Specialist

Leo Kao, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Lakewood Ranch Health

Leo Kao, MD

Primary Care Physician & Concierge Medicine located in Lakewood Ranch, FL

When faced with behavioral health problems, many people don’t seek help. Instead, they wait and hope to feel better, but that seldom happens because these conditions don’t improve without treatment. At Lakewood Ranch Health, Leo Kao, MD, offers compassionate and holistic care for an array of behavioral health concerns, including anxiety, depression and stress. If you struggle with mental health or emotional challenges, call the office in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today. Dr. Kao offers prompt same- and next-day appointments.

Behavioral Health Q&A

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health is like an expanded version of mental health care. The field broadly encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of mental, behavioral, developmental, and substance abuse disorders.

As a direct primary care physician, Dr. Kao offers holistic care that focuses on every aspect of your health. This approach does the best job of supporting your long-term well-being because your psychological health is directly related to your physical health.

Studies show that if you have a mental health condition, you have a significantly higher risk of developing a chronic health condition affecting your cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems.

Untreated mental health conditions also make you more likely to lose your job, develop a second psychological disorder, and turn to alcohol or drugs to find relief from your symptoms.

What are the most common behavioral health problems?

Anxiety, stress, and depression are by far the most common behavioral health problems.

How are behavioral health conditions treated?

During your first appointment, Dr. Kao talks with you about your symptoms and concerns, makes a thorough assessment, and completes a physical examination. After diagnosing any psychological and physical conditions, he creates a customized treatment plan.

In addition to caring for underlying health conditions, he treats behavioral health conditions with lifestyle recommendations, medications, or both, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Making key dietary changes, starting an exercise routine, and even engaging in mindfulness meditation go a long way toward preventing and treating anxiety, stress, and depression. Lifestyle changes are also an essential part of treatment for chronic health conditions.

Dr. Kao understands that cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, is often invaluable for dealing with mental health conditions. He talks with you about your options and makes sure you get the help you need.

If you or your teen need help with a behavioral health concern, call Lakewood Ranch Health today or schedule an appointment online today.