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 Sonora 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 Sonora 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.

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Signs & Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental health illness that can affect people of all ages, at all different stages of life.

Understanding Depression

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Everyone experiences periods in their life when they feel sad or simply down in the dumps. However, people who are facing depression will have such severe feelings of emptiness and despair that it takes over their life, leaving them unable to escape the black hole that has become their life. This disorder makes it hard for individuals to function and be able to enjoy life.

Additionally, for children, adolescents, and adults who have depression, performing adequately at work or school, maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, and participating in social functions can become exhausting and their ability to do all these things can begin to deteriorate. These individuals are likely to isolate themselves, have difficulty sleeping, experience a change in their eating patterns, no longer care about their appearance, and lack the ability to experience pleasure. However, no matter how hopeless someone may feel, he or she can get better. With proper treatment and support, individuals can find relief from their symptoms and get back to living a life they enjoy.


Statistics of Depression

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders and is believed to affect one in ten people in the United States. However, it is believed that only 52% of those suffering from a depressive disorder actively seek treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that major depression is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44. Additionally, the CDC reported that 15 out of every 100 adults over the age of 65 are diagnosed with a depressive disorder. Furthermore, research has shown that approximately one in every 33 children and one in every eight adolescents meets criteria for a formal diagnosis of depression.

Causes and Risks

Causes and Risk Factors of Depression

While some illnesses have a specific medical cause, depression is more complicated because it is not just the result of one particular cause. Experts believe that depression is instead caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. More specifically, things such as lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills can play as much of a role as genetics do in the development of depression. Some of the most common factors may include:

Genetic: It has been scientifically proven that if depression runs in a person’s family, that individual has a higher chance of becoming depressed him or herself. Additionally, research has shown that 40% of depressive disorder diagnoses have a hereditary tie.

Physical: While research has still not been able to determine exactly what happens in the brain when someone is depressed, studies show that certain parts of the brain are not functioning properly. For example, neuroimaging studies have shown that those with depression have structural differences in the areas of the brain that regulate sleep, appetite, and behavior. Additionally, depression may also be the result of changes in the levels of certain chemicals in the brain.

Environmental: Environmental situations such as experiencing significant traumas or the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce, or even things such as starting a new job can sometimes lead to clinical depression.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female (reports state that women are 70% more likely than men are to develop a depressive disorder throughout their lifetimes)
  • Family history of depression or other mental illness
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic health problems or chronic pain
  • Chronic stress
  • Unemployment
  • Financial strain
  • Loneliness
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Death of a loved one
  • Suffering from trauma, especially during childhood
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

The experience of depression will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors. These can include the person’s age, the support system available to the person, and the length of time that the depression has gone untreated. While symptoms vary there are some common signs and symptoms that include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Isolating oneself from friends and family
  • Engaging in reckless behavior
  • Loss of interest in activities that one used to enjoy
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of energy
  • Inability to perform appropriately at work or school
  • Frequent absences from work or school
  • Unprovoked angry outbursts
  • Self-injuring

Physical symptoms:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Chronic headaches
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive lethargy
  • Psychomotor agitation

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Lapses in memory
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Indecisiveness
  • Slowed thinking

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Irrational feelings of guilt
  • Anger or irritability
  • Experiencing self-loathing
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling helpless
  • Having a poor self-image

Effects of Depression

In addition to the often debilitating symptoms, depression can have long-term effects on an individual’s health and on other areas of their life. The effects of depression can get worse if it continues to go untreated. Some of the most common effects that can result from depression that is not properly treated include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety, including panic attacks
  • Increased susceptibility to illnesses and weakened immune system
  • Social isolation and not wanting to leave the house
  • Family difficulties
  • Divorce / loss of significant interpersonal relationships
  • Academic or occupational failure
  • Unemployment
  • Overall decline in mental and physical health
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

Depression & Co-Occurring Disorders

It is very common for those who are struggling with the debilitating symptoms of depression to also struggle with another mental health disorder. The disorders that most often co-occur with depression include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts
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Thank you Sonora Behavioral Health for trying to do something new and better for my son's depression. I am very grateful.

– William E.

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