Behavioral health

TRICARE covers behavioral conditions that are medically or psychologically necessary. There are many different types of outpatient and inpatient behavioral care and the coverage varies by the type of care.



Anxiety disorder

While some anxiety or worry may be normal in certain situations, such as a first date or public speaking, a true anxiety disorder includes all the feelings that come with normal anxiety, but they can’t be turned-off or rationalized. The anxious feelings are exaggerated, out of control and disruptive in the person’s life.



Depression

When people complain about feeling "blah" or feeling down, it can be caused by events or stress that catch the person off-guard and ill-equipped to handle it in that moment. The big difference in the blues and major depression is bad feelings pass fairly quickly (in a few days or less) in comparison to true major depression where the symptoms will progressively intensify and be on-going without intervention.


Resources



Virtual community group

We invite you to participate in our virtual community group offerings. Each meeting is led by a disease management clinician providing education and facilitating discussions focused on anxiety and depression management and group support. Participants share their successes as well as their struggles with exercise, stress management, triggers of anxiety or depression and positive coping tools. Participants are asked to maintain confidentiality of information disclosed during the group.

Please note, this group is not intended for crisis management. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or contact the crisis hotline at (800) 273-8255, available 24/7. Please contact your clinician if you have any questions.

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