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 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder can occur as the result of experiencing, witnessing or learning about a traumatic event. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects can be the first steps in getting the recovery you or your loved one needs.

Understanding PTSD

Learn More About PTSD

Characterized by extreme emotional distress and a drastic decrease in normal functioning, posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is comprised of debilitating symptoms that can make day-to-day life ripe with obstacles. Flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts often impede a person from doing the most mundane of tasks, like getting the mail or going shopping. Furthermore, the constant state of heightened alertness that comes with PTSD can often lead an individual to feel as though danger or harm is inevitable.

Examples of traumatic events that can trigger the onset of posttraumatic stress disorder are accidents, natural or manmade disasters, deployment, or the sudden loss of a loved one or friend. Sometimes occurring shortly after the event but lasting long after the event first took place, the symptoms of PTSD often require an individual to seek treatment in restoring functioning. Fortunately, help is out there and many people have been able to recover from this devastating mental health condition.

Statistics

Statistics of PTSD

Research has found that over five million adults experience symptoms associated with PTSD. Additionally, similar studies have estimated that 4% of all children between the ages of 13 and 17 years old will receive a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder following some kind of trauma. A mental health condition that does not discriminate based on age, it is believed that PTSD will affect 7%to 8% of the total population at some point in life.

Causes and Risks

Causes and Risk Factors of PTSD

Experts believe that there are a number of contributing factors that could make a person more susceptible to developing symptoms of PTSD. Consider the following summations when trying to understand the causes and risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder:

Genetic: Possessing a family history including mental illness or illnesses can increase a person’s likelihood of developing PTSD. Especially in those with relatives that have an anxiety disorder, the chances of showing signs and symptoms of PTSD following a traumatic event are higher.

Physical: Neuroimaging has concluded that those with posttraumatic stress disorder often have lower levels of dopamine and serotonin, as well as structural differences in the brain when compared to individuals without PTSD. These chemical imbalances and physical alterations could explain why those with PTSD respond to trauma in the manner in which they do.

Environmental: Constant exposure to trauma could lead to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Violence, chronic stress, and a history of abuse or assault are also places individuals at an increased risk due to the fact that these events test a person’s ability to cope effectively.

Risk Factors:

  • Preexisting mental health disorder
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of abuse or other traumas
  • Being female
  • Poor coping skills
  • Lack of support system

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

Depending on the trauma that occurred, the level of support around the person suffering, and the age of the sufferer, the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder can be apparent in the following ways:

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Intrusive memories about the trauma
  • Nightmares about the trauma
  • Flashbacks that seem like the trauma is reoccurring
  • Sweating, increased heart rate, or labored breathing when thinking about the trauma

Avoidance symptoms:

  • Depersonalization
  • Decreased interest in things or activities once enjoyed
  • Avoiding people, places, or situations reminiscent of the trauma
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Inability to remember details about the trauma

Hyperarousal symptoms:

  • Anxiety about imminent danger or harm
  • Angry outbursts
  • Increased irritability
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Increased agitation
  • Inability to sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Feeling on edge

Effects

Effects of PTSD

Untreated posttraumatic stress disorder can render a number of effects that can be short or long-term. Examples of possible effects can include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Demise of marriage or partnership
  • Decrease in occupation or academic functioning
  • Chronic pain
  • Disordered eating patterns
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Suicide attempts

Co-Occurring Disorders

PTSD & Co-Occurring Disorders

There are a number of symptoms associated with PTSD that are synonymous with other mental illnesses. Like other mental health conditions, posttraumatic stress disorder can occur alongside other mental illnesses due to the overlap of symptoms. Furthermore, PTSD can trigger the onset of other mental health disorders. Listed below are possible co-occurring disorders:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Depressive disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Suicidal ideation

I would recommend Sonora to anyone searching for a great place for PTSD treatment. It helped me get my life back on track!

– Erik W.