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 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sonora 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.
  • 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

Signs & Symptoms of Self-Injury

When a person causes physical injury to him or herself as a means of coping, it is known as self-harm.

Understanding Self-Harm

Learn More About Self-Harm

Often indicating that an individual is struggling with a mental health condition, self-harm can result in a number of effects that can have lasting consequences for the sufferer if untreated. Though frequently misinterpreted as a means of garnering attention or that the individual is wanting to end his or her own life, self-harm is a serious symptom of mental illness and requires treatment in order to eradicate these behaviors to reduce harmful aftereffects.

Common ways in which a person self-injures are cutting, burning, pinching, tearing skin, not allowing wounds to heal, biting, pulling out one’s own hair, punching oneself, hitting his or her person with a blunt object, or deliberately running into something. Other less common ways that individuals self-harm are by intentionally breaking bones or consuming toxic substances. These actions are done as a means of achieving control over emotional pain or, as some self-injurers report, providing relief from the tension that comes with this pain. Their actions frequently followed by intense feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse, those who are struggling with self-injury often find themselves in a vicious cycle of inflicting pain, feeling shameful, experiencing anxiety, and self-harming again. Treatment for these behaviors is available and can be of great help in putting an end to this self-destructive pattern of personal abuse.

Statistics

Statistics of Self-Harm

Research has found that 1 in 7 males and 1 in 5 females engage in self-harming behaviors. However, because those who self-injure try to conceal these behaviors, it is difficult to conclude an exact number of how many people inflict harm on themselves.

Causes and Risks

Causes and Risk Factors of Self-Harm

Experts have concluded that the following causes and risk factors are believed to play a role in leading an individual to self-harm:

Genetic: Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are known to be heritable. Furthermore, for some mental illnesses, self-injury is an unfortunate coping mechanism for dealing with unpleasant symptoms of a mental disorder. For those with a family history of mental illnesses in which one’s mood is not regulated or responses to anxiety-provoking stimuli result in distress, self-harming behaviors can be common.

Physical: The chemical imbalances that occur in the brains of those with a mental health condition can often lead to inappropriate methods of coping, such as self-harm, due to one’s inability to regulate emotions and mood effectively.

Environmental: Environmental contributors are believed to be extremely influential in identifying those at risk for self-mutilation. Chaotic home, school, or work environments can sometimes lead a person down the road to self-injury. Furthermore, individuals who have been victims of assault, abuse, or neglect are at an increased risk of self-harm as trauma can challenge a person’s ability to cope and result in harming one’s self as a means of dealing with personal anguish.

Risk Factors:

  • Having a diagnosis of depression
  • Having an additional mental illness
  • Family history of mental health conditions
  • Lack of appropriate coping skills
  • Exposure to trauma or experiencing trauma
  • Dysregulated emotions or mood
  • Poor impulse control
  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one
  • Lack of a support system
  • Turmoil regarding one’s sexuality

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Self-Harm

Because people self-injure using different methods, the signs and symptoms present can vary depending on the individual. Additionally, the length of time that a person has been self-mutilating can potentially exacerbate the signs that someone is causing harm to him or herself. It is key to take note of the following when identifying that someone is purposely injuring him or herself:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Dismissing injuries as accidents
  • Decreased interest and involvement in activities once enjoyed
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolating oneself from family and friends
  • Wearing clothing inappropriate for weather conditions so as to hide injuries

Physical symptoms:

  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Scratches
  • Bruises
  • Scrapes
  • Unexplainable broken bones
  • Patches of missing hair

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Dissociating from the world around oneself
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Inability to retain focus or concentrate
  • Overwhelming thoughts of wanting to self-mutilate

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Guilty feelings
  • Loneliness
  • Defeatist attitude
  • Feelings of worthlessness / helplessness / hopelessness
  • Increased anxiety when one is not able to self-harm

Effects

Effects of Self-Harm

Unfortunately, self-harm can render a number of negative effects for a person if an he or she goes without treatment for this destructive behavior. Some of the damaging physical consequences can include:

  • Scars or permanent tissue damage
  • Infection
  • Numbness or weakness in areas of the body where injury occurred
  • Severe bleeding that requires medical intervention
  • Anemia
  • Improper healing of broken bones
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Accidental death

Moreover, there are several other effects that could produce negative long-term outcomes relating to an individual’s well-being and interactions with friends and loved ones. Examples of these effects are:

  • Increasing conflict with friends and loved ones
  • Decrease in quantity and quality of interpersonal relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Persistent and invasive thoughts about self-mutilation
  • Abusing substances

Co-Occurring Disorders

Self-Harm & Co-Occurring Disorders

When a person self-injures it is often symptomatic of a mental illness. Listed are the mental health conditions of which self-harm may be a symptom:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia

I'm so glad my daughter went to Sonora for self-harm. I truly believe that they saved her life.

– Sheryl A.