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 Longleaf 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 Longleaf 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

PTSD Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that develops in the aftermath of experiencing, witnessing, or in some cases even learning about the details of a terrifying event.

Understanding PTSD

Learn about PTSD

Examples of the many types of traumatic events that can precede PTSD include military combat, automobile accidents, natural disasters, terror attacks, physical assault, and sexual abuse.

While most individuals who experience an adverse event are eventually able to heal, others may develop symptoms that can undermine their ability to live a healthy and satisfying life. For example, common distressing symptoms experienced by individuals with PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and an inability to stop or limit intrusive thoughts about the event.

It is completely normal to experience a wide variety of negative feelings and emotions after a traumatic event. Feelings such as anxiety, fear, and sadness, as well as changes in sleep patterns or even unexpected outbursts of anger or crying, may occur for a limited period of time.

However, when these disturbing thoughts and feelings do not dissipate, and are severe enough that you find yourself changing your behaviors or otherwise altering how you think and/or act, you may have developed PTSD. If you suspect that you or someone in your life is dealing with PTSD, professional assistance is necessary to get an accurate diagnosis and, if necessary, determine an optimal course of treatment.

The good news is that PTSD is a treatable condition. With effective treatment at a residential treatment center, outpatient clinic, or other program, you or your loved one can learn to manage symptoms and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.

Statistics

PTSD statistics

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 50% of women and 60% of men in the United States will experience at least one traumatic occurrence in their lives, and about 8% of the U.S. population will develop PTSD. In any given year, about between 3% and 4% of the adult population, or about 8.5 million Americans, will be dealing with symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder.

Among children and adolescents, the National Center for PTSD estimates that about 5% of young people will meet the criteria for PTSD before they complete adolescence. Among younger children, about 75% of PTSD cases involve neglect, and about 25% involve physical and/or sexual abuse. Among older children and adolescents, the prevalence of physical and/or sexual assault rises to about 50% of PTSD cases.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for PTSD

Since PTSD occurs in the aftermath of a trauma, one common factor among all cases of PTSD is a traumatic event. However, not everyone who experiences trauma will develop the disorder. Experts have identified a variety of genetic and environmental factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing PTSD in the aftermath of trauma.

Genetic: Research indicates that certain genes appear to raise or lower a person’s risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of trauma. Additionally, individuals who inherit certain temperaments, such as negative appraisals and inappropriate coping abilities, may also have an increased risk of developing PTSD after experiencing a trauma.

Environmental: The severity of the traumatic experience, and its risk of inflicting grievous harm or death, can increase the likelihood that the individual will develop PTSD. In addition to the traumatic event itself, a host of other external or environmental factors can increase a person’s risk for posttraumatic stress disorder. These factors include the lack of an effective social support network, having a history of prior trauma, living in poverty, and having experienced childhood adversity.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Experiencing multiple trauma
  • Personal history of childhood adversity
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Lower educational achievement
  • Lack of effective social support

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of PTSD

As noted earlier on this page, posttraumatic stress disorder can lead to a variety of symptoms. Not every person who develops PTSD will have a similar experience; however, the following are among the more common signs or symptoms that are characteristic of this distressing mental health disorder.

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Substance abuse
  • Acting in a reckless, risky, or otherwise self-destructive manner
  • Fighting, destroying property, and other acts of violence
  • Physical and verbal aggressiveness
  • Avoiding situations, events, and/or people that remind you of the trauma

Physical symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Hyperarousal

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Inability to concentrate and focus
  • Persistent sense of being in danger
  • Recurring distressing memories
  • Vivid distressing nightmares

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Hypervigilance
  • Depersonalization and/or derealization

Effects

Effects of PTSD

Without proper treatment at a clinic, hospital, or other program, individuals who develop PTSD may be incapable of avoiding a host of negative long-term effects, including the following:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Problems in school or at work, possibly leading to failure, expulsion, and job loss
  • Chronic unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Family discord
  • Strained or ruined interpersonal relationships
  • Legal problems due to reckless and/or violent behaviors
  • Physical injury due to reckless and/or violent behaviors
  • Pervasive hopelessness and/or helplessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Co-Occurring Disorders

PTSD and co-occurring disorders

People who struggle with posttraumatic stress disorder may also be at increased risk for several co-occurring disorders, including the following:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Major neurocognitive disorder

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– Anonymous Patient
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