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Treatment

Your TRICARE benefits cover behavioral health treatment that is considered medically and psychologically necessary.

Treatment options

Behavioral health conditions are generally treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two, although treatment for more severe conditions may include inpatient care. The type of treatment depends on several factors including the condition, symptom severity, and the presence of other behavioral and medical conditions. No single treatment works for everyone. Some people may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may require more than a year.

Learn more about the different types of treatment options below:

Medication

Medication is often used along with other types of treatment, like psychotherapy, to treat behavioral health conditions. Medications may be used to treat the condition itself or to manage symptoms. The type of medication selected for treatment will depend on several factors including the diagnosis, severity of symptoms, other medical and psychological conditions, and success of previous treatments.

Medications are often included in treatment plans for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Learn more about medications

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (also called counseling or “talk therapy”) includes one-to-one treatment, group, or family/conjoint sessions where people receive help developing healthier, more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or exposure therapy. Which approach is used to treat a particular condition is based on scientific evidence supporting the treatment's effectiveness.

Psychotherapy is considered an effective treatment for the following:

  • Anxiety
  • ASD
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Trauma and PTSD

NOTE: Psychotherapy is also considered beneficial for individuals who are considering or have attempted suicide.

Learn more about psychotherapy

Inpatient care

Inpatient or residential care may involve partial or extended behavioral health treatment at a hospital or substance use disorder rehabilitation facility. These services are generally used to closely monitor symptoms, to help adjust or stabilize medications, or during brief episodes where the illness or symptoms temporarily worsens. Inpatient care is also used when people are considered potentially harmful to themselves or others.

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Brain stimulation therapies

Brain stimulation therapies use electricity or magnetic energy to activate or inhibit certain areas of the brain that are believed to be linked to specific behavioral health conditions. Two common treatments for Major Depressive Disorder are Electroconvulsive Therapy and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).

Learn more about brain stimulation therapies