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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

PTSD Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Often times the signs of PTSD can be difficult to identify. One of the most important steps in the recovery journey is understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of PTSD.

Understanding PTSD

Learn about PTSD

While it is normal to develop anxiety and fear after experiencing a traumatic event, if these feelings do not dissipate over time and if an individual is left with a constant, overwhelming sense of danger then it could indicate the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that develops following a traumatic event that either threatens a person’s safety or leaves them feeling completely helpless. Additionally, some of the distressing symptoms commonly found in those with PTSD may include nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the traumatic event. For those who are struggling with PTSD, not only do these feelings not subside, but in many cases they can get worse and begin to cause difficulties in an individual’s ability to properly function on a day-to-day basis. Some of the most common events known to lead to the development of PTSD include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Deployment
  • Automobile accidents
  • Sudden, unexpected death of a loved one
  • Being the victim of rape or sexual assault
  • Being the victim of physical and/or emotional abuse and neglect

If you or a loved one are suffering with the symptoms of PTSD getting the right treatment can be crucial to helping reduce your symptoms and improve your ability to function normally on a daily basis.

Statistics

PTSD statistics

Research has shown that approximately 5.2 million adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at some point throughout their lifetimes. It is more commonly believed to affect women, with an estimated 10% of women being diagnosed with PTSD as compared to 5% of men being diagnosed with this disorder. However, it is possible that this statistic is somewhat inaccurate due to the fact that women may simply be more likely to report the presence of PTSD symptoms than men are.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for PTSD

While the precursor to the development of PTSD is going through, learning about, or seeing an event that involved the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violation, medical professionals are still not sure why some people develop this disorder while others do not. The current consensus is that it is a combination of genetic, physical, and environmental factors. These factors are described in more detail below:

Genetic: Since individuals who have a first-degree relative who suffer from anxiety disorders are at a greater risk for the development of this disorder, there is believed to be a genetic link associated with the development of PTSD.

Physical: Neuroimaging studies have shown that those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have structural differences in various parts of their brains. Additionally, the levels of serotonin and dopamine are known to be lower in individuals who experience excessive anxiety. This means that the way in which their brain chemicals regulate their emotional responses to stress leaves them more susceptible to the onset of PTSD.

Environmental: It has well been established that the environment in which individuals are surrounded can have a profound impact on whether or not they will develop PTSD should they experience a traumatic event. For example, those who are exposed to highly stressful situations, who have witnessed violence, or who grew up in chaotic environments are more likely to develop PTSD.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Struggling with a pre-existing mental illness
  • Experiencing intense or long-lasting trauma
  • Family history of anxiety disorders or other mental health disorders
  • Being subjected to physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse and/or neglect
  • Lacking healthy coping skills
  • Lacking a good support system
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of PTSD

The signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder will vary from person to person and will depend upon a number of different factors. However, while everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms including: re-experience the traumatic event, avoiding reminders of the event, and increased anxiety and emotional arousal. These three categories and their associated symptoms are explained in more detail below.

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Intrusive and upsetting memories of the event
  • Acting or feeling as if the event is happening again
  • Distressing nightmares
  • Feeling extreme distress when reminded of the event
  • Onset of intense physical symptoms when thinking about, or reminded of, the trauma (e.g. increased heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, etc.)

Avoidance symptoms:

  • Depersonalization
  • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, and even feelings that remind one of the trauma
  • Inability to remember certain parts of the traumatic event
  • Derealization
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feeling emotionally numb and detached from others
  • Has a sense of a limited future
  • No longer interested in things or activities that were once enjoyed

Increased anxiety and arousal symptoms:

  • Angry or aggressive outbursts
  • Constantly on edge
  • Has difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
  • Problems concentrating
  • Feeling jumpy or easily startled
  • Feeling chronic anxiety about being in imminent danger or harm
  • Increased agitation and irritability
Effects

Effects of PTSD

When someone struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder does not get the adequate treatment they need to overcome the debilitating symptoms of this disorder it can lead to the development of many adverse effects. The symptoms associated with PTSD can disrupt a person’s whole life and can include some of the following consequences:

  • Development of other mental health problems
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Inability to adequately perform at school or work leading to academic or occupational failure
  • Failure to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

PTSD and co-occurring disorders

Research has shown that approximately 80% of people who receive a diagnosis of PTSD also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental health disorder. Examples of the most common disorders known to occur alongside PTSD may include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other forms of dementia
  • Eating disorders
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 Behavioral Health.

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