Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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

Understanding PTSD

Learn about PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the development of certain symptoms following an event in which a child was exposed to something traumatic and terrifying that included physical harm being threatened, seen, or experienced. PTSD can develop out of one traumatic event or can be the result of ongoing traumatic events. While many people experience traumatic events in their lifetime, not all of them will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not unusual for people to have difficulties adjusting and coping after a traumatic event, but with proper care and love, most are able to successfully go on about their lives. However, for some children and teens, the symptoms of acute stress disorder become post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s very important to remember that it’s not the objective facts of the trauma, it’s the ways in which your child felt during and after the event.

Traumatic events overwhelm a child or teen’s ability to cope, leaving them feeling as though the world is a dangerous out-of-control place. The event deeply impacts the child’s thoughts of him or herself and the world, although the memory of the event is deeply encoded and different from normal memories. Rather than simply thinking about the event, the child continuously re-experiences the event, and the associated pain and fear of reliving the trauma causes the child to fear the memory as well as the event. PTSD has elements of intrusive thoughts, emotional numbing, social withdrawal and isolation, cognitive changes, and hyper-arousal. While this is an extremely distressing disorder, with proper support and treatment your child can overcome their PTSD.

Statistics

PTSD statistics

Studies have shown that approximately 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Of these children, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for PTSD

The underlying cause of developing PTSD is experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, however the reason why one individual develops PTSD while another does not is not as well understood. The causes of PTSD will vary based upon the severity of trauma, whether the trauma was repeated, the reaction of caregivers to the trauma, and the child’s proximity to the trauma. Some of the factors that may lead to the development of PTSD after one or more traumatic events include the following:

Genetic: Children who have a first-degree relative who has struggled with depression, PTSD, or other mental health disorders are at higher risk for the development of PTSD after a trauma. This risk is increased for children and teens who already struggle with depression or anxiety. Additionally, a child’s inborn personality or temperament may increase the likelihood of developing PTSD.

Physical: It’s been suggested that the ways in which a child’s brain regulates hormones and chemicals in response to stressful situations can lead to the development of PTSD. Females are at a higher risk for developing PTSD than males.

Environmental: Life experiences a child has gone through, including the amount and severity of the trauma can impact the development of PTSD. Generally, the longer-lasting, repeated traumas (especially those involving neglect, physical, sexual, emotional, or mental abuse) are more apt to cause PTSD.

Some of the most common traumatic events that can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder include (but are not limited to):

  • Neglect
  • Domestic abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Natural disasters
  • Threat with a weapon
  • Violent assaults, such as rape or physical attacks
  • Car accidents
  • Senseless acts of violence (such as school shootings)
  • Witnessing another person go through traumatic events
  • Diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of PTSD

Children and adolescents that live through a trauma will, more cases than not, display a number of different symptoms in various levels of severity. Symptom severity can depend upon availability of familial support and the child’s proximity to the event. Symptoms of PTSD usually develop within the first 3 months after the traumatic event, but can take as long a few months to years before they surface. Some of the symptoms of PTSD are easy to identify, while others may be more challenging to understand. Common symptoms of PTSD in children and teens may include:

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Reenactment of trauma through play
  • Loss of interest in previously-enjoyed activities
  • Angry outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Behavioral inhibition
  • Reckless behaviors
  • Regression

Physical Symptoms:

  • Smaller hippocampal volume
  • Altered metabolism in areas of the brain involved in perception of threat
  • Low basal cortisol levels
  • Feeling as though the event is happening all over again
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Complaints of headaches and stomach aches
  • Difficulties with physical contact

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Feeling as though the trauma is happening again
  • Trouble concentrating in school
  • Negative cognitive development
  • Altered cognitive functioning
  • Increased arousal and hyper-vigilance
  • Jumbled, out of order recollection of the event

Psychosocial Symptoms:

  • Emotional numbing
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Inability to trust others
  • Avoidance of memories or situations that trigger memories of the event
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Intrusive memories of the event
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Fears about death
  • Worry

Effects

Effects of PTSD

It is not uncommon for many individuals to not seek professional help for post-traumatic stress disorder due to the fact that they are unable to determine the link between the event and their symptoms. Additionally, most of the time individuals have a hard time discussing the event or trauma because it adds to their feelings of anxiety and dread. After experiencing a traumatic event it is essential to seek professional help for a child or teen so that they can learn to develop the coping skills necessary to resume their daily lives. Untreated PTSD may result in a number of unpleasant effects that may include:

  • Out-of-place sexual behaviors
  • Substance use
  • Alcohol use
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pain disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Extreme aggression
  • Inability to form bonds with others
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Co-Occurring Disorders

PTSD and co-occurring disorders

While post-traumatic stress disorder develops as a result of experiencing or exposure to a traumatic event, there are some disorders known to co-occur with PTSD. These may include:

  • Childhood anxiety disorders
  • Childhood depression
  • Substance abuse and addiction

An Ideal Place to Heal

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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