Behavioral Health Specialist

Ben Littlejohn III, MD

Family Medicine located in East Bay Area, Emeryville, CA

Behavioral health care is often a difficult topic for patients to discuss, so it’s vital to have a caring and experienced doctor for support. At the Emeryville, California, office of Ben Littlejohn III, MD, you’ll find behavioral health support for depression, anxiety, alcoholism, dementia, and other mental health issues. Call the office or use the online appointment tool for compassionate care today.

Behavioral Health Q & A

What are the signs of behavioral health problems?

Behavioral health problems can take many forms. Some of the symptoms that you may recognize include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Memory problems
  • Weight changes
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Relationship changes, like avoiding time with family and friends
  • Poor energy levels
  • Suicidal ideation

Sometimes behavioral changes and physical symptoms like stomach pain and headaches can go hand-in-hand. All of these symptoms can be quite intrusive and challenging to cope with. It’s important to seek help before the symptoms grow disabling. 

What behavioral health conditions require treatment?

If a behavioral health condition causes symptoms that trouble you or those you love, it requires treatment. Dr. Littlejohn treats all types of behavioral health conditions, and he’s here to help patients with all of the following challenges. 


Depression can affect both children and adults, and if untreated, it can soon take over your life. There are many different options to treat depression effectively. Dr. Littlejohn can prescribe medication, recommend therapy, and guide you through to a better place. 


Stress can strike at any time, especially when you’re pushing yourself to the limit physically and mentally. Whether it’s relationship worries, financial problems, illness, or the reasons are unclear, it’s important to take control of the stress before it rules your life. Dr. Littlejohn can prescribe medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and other treatments to help. 


Alcoholism is a disease, and it’s important to recognize it as such so you can get effective treatment. Dr. Littlejohn can support you in a variety of ways, from medication to recommended lifestyle changes and therapy. 

Senile dementia

Senile dementia, which has multiple forms including Alzheimer’s disease, refers to cognitive changes that lead to memory loss, behavior changes, language difficulties, and overall difficulty in day-to-day function. Dr. Littlejohn can recommend personalized dementia care for geriatric patients and their families, including coordinating with home health care and other medical facilities. 

Dr. Littlejohn also treats other behavioral health problems in children and adults starting at the age of 2. 

How long does behavioral health treatment take?

It depends on the condition and patient. For some situations, like mild anxiety, you may simply need short-term medication and lifestyle changes. 

For many behavioral health conditions, you may need a long-term approach that includes medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes for the foreseeable future. Everyone has different circumstances, so Dr. Littlejohn will work with you to get the very best results. 

You can overcome behavioral health problems and reclaim your life with expert help. Call the office of Ben Littlejohn III, MD, or click the online appointment tool for help today.