Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Crestwyn 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 Crestwyn 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

Learn About The Symptoms & Causes of OCD

The signs, symptoms, and effects of OCD can be different for every person impacted. Learning about OCD is one of the first steps towards getting better.

Learn More About OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological condition that occurs when an individual struggles with constant, anxious thoughts that lead to the execution of specific compulsive actions that serve as an effort to calm these thoughts. While individuals with OCD are trying to reduce their anxiety, the anxiety and compulsive behaviors they partake in are unrelenting and can be disruptive to their lives.

Those who develop OCD often display persistent behaviors that include repeating actions or words, counting, moving objects, and/or checking and rechecking items in a certain manner. In most cases, these compulsions do not actually address the individual’s obsessions or anxieties.

With the appropriate treatment, individuals who struggle with symptoms of OCD find alleviation from these thoughts and actions once and for all. Even the most severe cases of OCD can be treated through effective, comprehensive care.

Statistics

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 1.2% of the American population meets diagnostic criteria for OCD each year. Also, adult women have a stronger likelihood of developing this disorder, however, it is more common in men during childhood and adolescent years. Lastly, those who have OCD also tend to struggle with anxiety as well. Approximately 76% of those with OCD also have a diagnosis of one or more anxiety disorders.

Causes and Risk Factors for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Genetic and environmental causes can add to one’s likelihood of developing OCD. However, additional causes are still being researched. Some possible risk factors and causes of OCD include:

Genetic: One’s genetic background is viewed as both a cause and a risk factor for OCD. If an individual has a relative with OCD, he or she is two times more likely to develop the same condition. Those with an immediate family member with OCD are ten times more likely to battle this condition as well.

Environmental: Physical and sexual trauma or abuse during childhood can add to one’s chances of developing OCD. Infections and autoimmune diseases can also serve as an OCD risk factor.

Risk Factors:

  • Being overly self-conscious
  • Being plagued by negative thoughts and emotions
  • Traumatic life experiences
  • Family history of mental health disorders
  • Physical or sexual abuse during childhood

Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Similar to other mental illnesses, the signs and symptoms of OCD can vary from person to person. Keep in mind the following:

Symptoms of obsessions: When an individual battles obsessions, he or she experiences persistent anxious and intrusive thoughts that, in some instances, the individuals know are irrational. These obsessions can develop in response to personal concerns and may include the following types of obsessions:

  • Creating symmetry and balance
  • Illnesses of others or oneself
  • Terrifying events, trauma, or accidents
  • Practices and requirements based on religion or beliefs
  • Unwanted thoughts
  • Germs, viruses, and pollution that can cause illness

Symptoms of compulsions: An individual will develop compulsive behavior in an attempt to manage his or her obsessions and the anxiety linked to their obsessions. However, compulsions might not be connected to obsessions. Symptoms of compulsions can include the following:

  • Saying words out loud or in one’s head and repeating them
  • Avoiding situations, places, and certain scenarios
  • Counting and numbering things
  • Frequent hand-washing or cleaning one’s body or environment
  • Checking on light switches, burners, electric connections, and door locks repeatedly
  • Keeping items in order and organized

Effects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

If an individual with OCD symptoms does not receive treatment, their condition can grow worse and elicit negative consequences, such as:

  • Substance use and abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • Symptoms that worsen over time
  • Problems with maintaining or excelling in one’s professional or academic life
  • Financial troubles
  • Conflict and loss of relationships with friends and family
  • Physical signs such as skin wounds from too much washing
  • Development or worsening of mental health disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

Those with OCD might also struggle with other mental health conditions. Other mental illnesses that present as co-occurring disorders alongside OCD can include:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Excoriation (skin-picking) disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Tic disorder
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Trichotillomania
  • Substance use disorders
  • Tourette’s disorder

These mental health conditions can increase complications with OCD. However, with effective treatment, an individual can achieve recovery.

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