Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Aggression Treatment Center in New Castle & Wilmington, DE

MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital is the trusted provider of treatment for adults and adolescents suffering from aggression in New Castle & Wilmington, Delaware. With the area’s top mental health experts, a multidisciplinary approach, and a blend of behavioral, experiential, and medication-based therapies, we craft unique treatment plans to start our patients on their road to recovery.

Understanding Aggression

Learn about aggression

While certain aggressive behaviors can occur as a result of a trigger, such as an argument with a friend or overwhelming frustration with an anger-provoking situation, most individuals know that certain forms of aggression are not socially acceptable and could warrant unfavorable consequences if impulses to be aggressive are not managed and/or controlled. Some people, however, struggle to control such impulses or are unable to fully govern their own behavior due to circumstances that can cause aggressive behaviors, of which can significantly impact their lives.

Many mental health conditions, for example, include aggression as a symptom. When this is the case, it is necessary to seek a treatment center so that aggression, and any other existing mental health concerns present, can be cared for and minimized. Individuals who do not receive care at a mental health treatment clinic and continue to display unconcealed aggression, such as violent behaviors, instigative actions, or verbal hostility, are likely to have increased interaction with law enforcement, poor or unhealthy relationships with others, or have an increased risk for physical injury and overall decline in emotional wellness.

MeadowWood’s treatment center in New Castle near Wilmington is here to help treat those who display aggressive behaviors. Various therapeutic interventions are often utilized to help people understand the causes of aggression and teach methods for coping with urges to be aggressive. It is with this type of care, offered at MeadowWood’s mental health clinic, that a person, regardless of his or her age, can come to understand a life in which aggressive behaviors do not dictate one’s future.

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for Aggression

The reasons why an individual displays aggressive behaviors can vary depending on a number of factors. Many mental health professionals agree that one’s genetics, physiological composition, environmental influences, and other risk factors can make a person more likely to be aggressive. Consider the following explanations:

Genetic: A great deal of research has been conducted to determine if aggression has any genetic origin. The conclusion of this research has led to the discovery of a gene that is believed to cause aggressive behaviors or verbal opposition in those who have it. It is in lieu of this finding that many experts now agree that aggression can, in fact, be genetic.

Environmental: The environment in which a person spends most of his or her time can trigger aggressive behaviors. For instance, if a youth is exposed to ongoing conflict or violence in his or her home, it is likely that he or she will mirror the behaviors demonstrated by his or her caregiver(s). Additionally, if an individual is victimized by another, in the forms of emotional and/or physical abuse and/or neglect, aggressive acting out behaviors could manifest.

Mental health disorders: There are a number of mental health conditions that include aggression as a symptom. The following mental illnesses are those that can cause a person to be aggressive and could require additional therapeutic interventions in the event an individual seeks treatment:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other forms of dementia
  • Substance use disorders
  • Conduct disorder

Medications: While the purpose of medication is to alleviate physical or mental health concerns, there are oftentimes side effects that can be disruptive to an individual’s life. Aggression, more specifically, can be a side effect of some medications and cause a person to act out. When this and other unpleasant side effects appear, it is imperative that you consult with a medical doctor or psychiatrist to see if there are alternative medications or additional methods for managing unfavorable side effects, such as aggression.


Effects of aggression

Persistent aggression can cause a great deal of destruction to a person’s life. Failing to seek help at a treatment clinic, like MeadowWood, to alleviate problematic volatile behaviors or verbal hostility could elicit a number of consequences that have the potential to negatively affect an individual for the rest of his or her life. The following effects are those that can result if a person continues to display overtly aggressive behaviors:

  • Inability to acquire or maintain employment
  • Disciplinary action at school
  • Academic failure
  • Discord among peers and loved ones
  • Inability to adjust to change in a healthy manner
  • Overall decline in one’s physical health
  • Financial strife
  • Development of a problem with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Increased need for hospitalization
  • Interaction with the legal system
  • Incarceration
  • Development of a mental health condition or conditions

Types of Treatment

Types of aggression treatment offered at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital in New Castle, DE

Excessive aggression often suggests the presence of a mental health condition. In many instances, those that display overtly hostile behaviors or verbal aggression are, especially when there does not appear to be a trigger that would warrant such responses, displaying symptoms of a mental illness and lack control over their impulses to be aggressive. Additionally, when a young person or adult acts out in a manner that can pose a risk to his her own well-being or the well-being of others, treatment is often needed to reduce this risk and alleviate the symptoms of any existing mental health disorder that could be contributing to the aggression. Failing to seek such care can cause an individual to have increased interaction with the legal system, experience physical injury due to his or her aggression, or be unable to form healthy, pro-social relationships with others.

The process of seeking treatment at MeadowWood’s treatment center in New Castle, Deleware for yourself, a friend, or loved one who is exhibiting unwarranted and overt aggression begins with an evaluation with a mental health professional. During this initial assessment, the severity of the aggression is assessed and the causes for this type of behavior are explored. It is at this time that treatment options are discussed and questions can be asked by potential patients and answered by professionals so that the most effective and appropriate care is implemented.

One of the most effective treatment options that can be of great assistance to those who are aggressive, is inpatient care. MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital in Deleware offers an inpatient treatment option which is set in a safe and secure environment and allows individuals to be away from the stressors of everyday life and focus strictly on healing. Additionally, our mental health professionals, including therapists and social workers, are available 24 hours a day to offer ongoing support as the therapeutic process is navigated. By having this type of support, a patient’s needs can be regularly assessed, mental health concerns can be treated, and beneficial skills for coping and managing emotions and behaviors can be learned and practiced.

At MeadowWood, experienced psychiatrists are on hand in inpatient treatment to conclude a diagnosis of a mental illness and prescribe and monitor medications if it is deemed necessary for alleviating any existing and distressing symptoms. MeadowWood’s behavioral health treatment clinic is a safe place where a person can learn how to effectively manage his or her aggression and receive invaluable care and skills that can benefit for a lifetime.

What Past Clients Say

I came here during the worst time of my life. I had so much anxiety coming in but the girls in the admissions area were so pleasant and answered all my questions. The hospital was clean and staff were friendly and helpful on the unit. The medicine they gave me helped so much, and I finally feel like myself again. If you’re willing to participate and go to all the groups, you will get something out of the program. I went right from inpatient to their day program for a week afterwards, and that helped me stay focused too.

– Alumni
Most Insurances Accepted

We accept all major insurances, including Medicare, most Medicaids, and TRICARE.  Please contact us for insurance verification and to learn more about treatment at MeadowWood Hospital.

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