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 Tower Behavioral Health 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.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

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 Tower Behavioral Health.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Mental Health Disorder Warning Signs, Symptoms, & Side Effects

A mental health disorder can impact anyone.

Often referred to as mental illness, mental health disorders affect nearly one in five adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

These conditions can have wide-ranging effects on both the person experiencing the symptoms of a mental health disorder and other individuals in their life, causing widespread emotional, physical, psychological, and social damage.

But most mental health disorders are treatable. With the right level of personalized mental healthcare from experienced professionals, you can manage your symptoms and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Signs of a Mental Health Disorder

It’s not always easy to distinguish the difference between typical behaviors and the signs that a person may be developing a mental health disorder. Each person’s unique experiences, along with the specific mental illness they’re showing signs of, mean that these indicators aren’t always universal.

Generally speaking, though, common signs that you may be struggling with a mental health disorder include:

  • Feeling excessively sad
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Prolonged feelings of anger or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive fear or worry
  • Trouble understanding or relating to others
  • Feeling particularly tired or other disruptions to sleep cycles
  • Avoiding social activities
  • General withdrawal from family or friends
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss
  • Failure to meet day-to-day responsibilities

Symptoms of a Mental Health Disorder

The symptoms of a mental health disorder often mean that you’ve progressed past the point of showing warning signs. At this point, it’s critical that you receive proper professional care before these symptoms lead to seriously damaging consequences.

Symptoms can be both psychological and physical. It’s unlikely that a person will experience all these symptoms of a mental health disorder, but if you’re exhibiting any number of these at the same time, it may be time to seek professional intervention.

  • Stomach pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Reliance on substances such as drugs or alcohol
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Depersonalization (feeling detached from your thoughts, feelings, and body)

Common Causes & Risk Factors of a Mental Health Disorder

There is no single cause of mental illnesses. There are, however, a variety of environmental and genetic factors that can put you at risk for developing a mental health disorder, including:

  • Pre-birth exposure: Being exposed to alcohol, drugs, environmental stressors, or toxins in the womb
  • Brain chemistry: When the neural networks that carry signals to your brain and body are impaired, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems can change
  • Family history: Mental health disorders are more common if you have a genetic predisposition

Similarly, there are certain factors that may increase your risk for developing a mental illness. Some of these are:

  • Stressful life situations, such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, a breakup, a job loss, or financial struggles
  • Childhood history of abuse or neglect
  • Brain damage from a serious injury
  • Preexisting chronic medical conditions
  • Repeated exposure to traumatic events
  • Use of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Lack of support system or healthy relationships

Mental Health Statistics

As referenced earlier, mental health disorders are relatively common in the United States, affecting nearly 20% of adults. Some other statistics about mental illness in America include:

  • Just 43.3% of U.S. adults who had a mental illness received professional care in 2018, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
  • Young adults ages 18-25 have the highest prevalence of mental health disorders at 25.8%, according to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH).
  • Also according to NAMI, 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
  • NAMI reports that the average delay between the onset of symptoms of a mental health disorder and receiving proper professional intervention is 11 years.
  • In 2018, 3.7% of U.S. adults who were struggling with a mental health disorder also had a co-occurring substance use disorder, according to NAMI.

Potential Effects of Mental Health Disorders

The effects of failing to receive proper care for a known mental health disorder can be devastating. Untreated mental illness can destroy support systems, cause financial strife, and lead to long-lasting damage to your body and mind.

Some specific effects of untreated mental health disorders may include:

  • Inability to find and maintain a job
  • Poor performance in school or expulsion
  • Low self-confidence and a lack of self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal or increased isolation
  • Strained or ruined relationships
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Poor self-care leading to physical health concerns
  • Self-harm
  • Homelessness
  • Loss of hope for the future
  • Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental illness

You don’t have to be a victim of these unwanted effects. By seeking help at the right time, you can reduce or eliminate the havoc an untreated mental health disorder can cause in your life.

Common Underlying or Co-Occurring Disorders

For some people, displaying signs of a mental health disorder can put them at increased risk for other mental health concerns. Mental health disorders can also be the underlying cause of a substance use disorder. Nearly 10 million American adults suffered from both mental illness and addiction concerns in 2018.

Living with one or more mental health disorders is hard enough. Facing the combination of mental illness and a substance use disorder can be overwhelming. A co-occurring addiction can exacerbate any of or all the effects of a mental health disorder, leading to suicidal tendencies.

By choosing Tower Behavioral Health, you can get the help you need in a comfortable setting that features a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals. You’ll receive a personalized mental health disorder care plan that takes into account your strengths, values, and goals.

Give yourself a chance to live the life you deserve.

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Tower Behavioral Health.

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