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 Village Behavioral Health Treatment Center 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 Village Behavioral Health Treatment Center.

  • 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.

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

Causes, Symptoms & Effects of Anxiety

No one experiences anxiety the same way as someone else. Understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of anxiety is a key component toward starting the recovery journey.

Understanding Anxiety

Learn about anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of the adolescent and teen years as these are some of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Some anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. It can help teens deal with a tricky situation, study harder for an exam, and maintain focus on an important task. For most individuals, anxiety is often a harmless phase that lasts for a while and dissipates on its own. However, there are a variety of anxiety disorders that can impact the lives of children, leading them to experience fear, shyness, and nervousness, and can cause them to avoid certain activities and places.

Anxiety disorders, one of the most common types of mental health concerns experienced by all ages, are mental health disorders that include extreme amounts of unremitting fear, nervousness, dread, or worry. When anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread, it has become a disabling yet treatable mental health condition. The most common forms of adolescent anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by extreme worry about a variety of events – including past, present, and future events. Children and teens with GAD worry about a lot of issues, including past conversations or behaviors, upcoming events, school, family problems, their health, competences in academics or sports, and world events. Many teens with GAD find that they have difficulty controlling their extreme amounts of worry and that the anxiety interferes with their daily life. GAD occurs more days than not for periods of six months or longer.

Panic disorder leads to recurrent panic attacks and a persistent anxiety that an attack may lead to more panic attacks or physical or psychological harm. Teens who have panic disorder may avoid going out and engaging in activities out of fear an attack may occur. Panic attacks include feelings of intense fear and unease composed of physical symptoms and fearful thoughts. Untreated, this can lead to agoraphobia.

Separation anxiety can be caused by unwillingness to separate from major attachment figures or from home. Threat of having to separate from caregivers leads to anxiety. While separation anxiety can be seen mostly in children, it can also be experienced by teens as well.

Social phobia is the intense fear of embarrassment or humiliation in social situations, which may lead to shyness and a fear of doing or saying something in front of others that may promote embarrassment. This may include attending parties, speaking with figures in authority, or fears of speaking in public.

Specific phobias: Teens may experience specific phobias— intense, irrational fears of specific things and situations. Teens may not realize that their fears of such objects are unreasonable. Exposure to the feared object or situation leads to extreme distress.

With treatment of high-quality cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication management, many adolescents who have anxiety disorders can be effectively treated for anxiety disorders.

Statistics

Anxiety statistics

A national survey discovered that approximately 8% of adolescents (or one in eight children) between the ages of 13 and 18 have an anxiety disorder; typical symptoms appear around age 6. Of these teens with anxiety disorders, only about 18% received the mental health care needed to make a recovery.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for anxiety

Anxiety disorders in the teen years are thought to be the result of a number of factors working together. Some of the most common causes and risk factors for adolescent anxiety disorders may include:

Genetic: Adolescents who have a first-degree relative who has an anxiety disorder are at greater risk for developing anxiety disorders than those who do not have a similar history.

Physical: Neuroimaging studies showed that teens with anxiety disorders have atypical activity in certain areas of the brain when compared with their peers.

Environmental: Extremely stressful events, such as the death of a loved one, sudden move to a new area, or the divorce of parents, can bring about anxiety disorders. Additionally, when children grow up in a home where others are fearful, it can lead them to believe the world is a dangerous place. Other children who grow up in a dangerous home may also become fearful.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Traumatic events during childhood years
  • Stress due to chronic illness of a teen or his or her parent
  • Personalities that are prone to worrying
  • Usage of drugs or alcohol
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety disorders in adolescents will vary according to length of illness, presence of support system, and type of anxiety disorder. Symptoms of a teen anxiety disorder may come on gradually and linger, or they may come about suddenly. Typical symptoms of each disorder include:

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling keyed-up or on edge
  • Easily fatigued
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances

Symptoms of Panic Disorder:

  • Tachycardia
  • Chest pain
  • Choking feelings
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Sweating and trembling
  • GI distress
  • Body temperature changes, leading to sweating and trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Derealization

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety:

  • Excessive worry about potential harm toward the teen
  • Worry about primary caregivers
  • Avoidance of activities that separate the adolescent from caregivers
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating

Symptoms of Social Phobia:

  • Ongoing fear of situations in which a teen is exposed to unfamiliar people
  • Fear of situations in which a child may come under scrutiny of others
  • Avoidance and fear of school-related events
  • Substantial interference with most social activities

Symptoms of Specific Phobias:

  • Avoidance and distress of the feared objected leads to major disruption in the child’s routine
  • Difficulties in school or family functioning
  • Unstable social relations
  • Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Sweaty palms
Effects

Effects of anxiety

While anxiety disorders in adolescents can be managed through a variety of therapeutic approaches, the long-term consequences of untreated anxiety disorders can lead to significant impairment in daily life. The most common effects of anxiety disorders in teens and adolescents include:

  • Poor performance in school
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dropping out of school
  • Poor self-worth and low self-esteem
  • Committing petty crimes
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Missing out on social engagements
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety disorders that persist well into adulthood
Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and co-occurring disorders

Anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental health disorders in teenagers. The most common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • ADHD
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use and abuse

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With a serene environment, individualized treatment plans, engaging activities, and top-of-the-line education for each adolescent, Village Behavioral Health sets itself apart as a treatment center that makes positive change in each child’s life.

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