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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems 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 Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • 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 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

Symptoms, Signs & Effects of Anxiety Disorder

If you or your loved one are struggling with anxiety, Vermilion is here to help. Learning about anxiety can help you or your loved one manage its symptoms.

Understanding Anxiety

Learn about anxiety

Pervasive fear, worry, and apprehension experienced on an extreme level is indicative of generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD. Characterized by a lack of control over these feelings of panic, concern, and trepidation, those with generalized anxiety disorder can experience a great deal of disruption in their lives if treatment is not sought. Being able to function at home, school, work, or out in public can be exceedingly difficult for an individual with GAD. Even attempts to complete the most mundane of tasks are not without their obstacles.

Often times, those with generalized anxiety disorder will fret about things or situations that would otherwise cause flat affect in another person. This ever-present distress and dread could ultimately cause a person to feel tense and lead to procrastinating or avoidance behaviors due to the fear of the unknown. And while a person with generalized anxiety disorder may feel as though he or she is a captive of their own worry, there are treatment options available. Effective treatment modalities, such as medication and therapy, are proven to help those struggling with the disorder by alleviating symptoms and improving day-to-day functioning in the world.

Statistics

Anxiety statistics

Among the most common of disorders diagnosed, generalized anxiety disorder is said to effect almost 1% of children and adolescents and nearly 3% of adults. Moreover, research has found that females have a higher likelihood of developing GAD than males.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for anxiety

To understand why a person develops generalized anxiety disorder, one must acknowledge that there are a number of influences that play into the disorder’s onset. Consider the following explanations that are supported by research:

Genetic: Experts have concluded that a person’s genetics contribute to the likelihood of an eventual GAD diagnosis. The presence of a first-degree relative with the disorder have an increased risk of showing signs of anxiety. Moreover, it is believed that a person’s temperament, which is said to be genetic, can indicate how he or she will handle stress.

Physical: Certain chemicals in the brain are responsible for regulating a person’s emotions. These chemicals, known as serotonin, are often imbalanced in the brain of a person with generalized anxiety disorder and could explain, through neuroimaging, why a person develops GAD. Furthermore, research has found that there are structural differences in the brains of individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, specifically in the hippocampus and amygdala.

Environmental: Surroundings ripe with chronic stress, such as chaotic home environments, overcrowded classrooms, or high pressure workplaces, are known contributors to the development of GAD. These kinds of environments challenge a person’s ability to cope and can render a person more susceptible to showing signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Preexisting mental disorder
  • Exposure to violence
  • History of abuse / neglect / trauma
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Chronic stress
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of DISORDER

Some signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder can present different in children and adolescents in comparison to adults. The following signs and symptoms are indicators that an individual is struggling with GAD:

GAD symptoms in children and adolescents:

  • Restlessness
  • Temper tantrums
  • Sleep impairment
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Contact worry about academic performance / achievement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of social skills
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Praise-seeking behaviors
  • Frequent urination
  • Fear of not adapting to social norms
  • Overthinking

GAD symptoms in adults:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Decreased occupational functioning
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing / hyperventilating
  • Irritability / agitation
  • Muscle tension
  • Broken sleep patterns
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constantly feeling on edge
Effects

Effects of anxiety

Untreated generalized anxiety disorder can cause debilitating effects on a person’s life. Alleviating symptoms and developing healthy coping skills are necessary to resuming normal functioning without disruption from GAD symptoms. Some examples of possible effects that can occur are:

  • Social impairment
  • Decrease in academic or occupational functioning
  • Relationship problems
  • Truancy
  • Missed school / work
  • Substance use
  • Inability to adjust to change
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide attempts
Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and co-occurring disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder is often not a stand-alone disorder. The following list of disorders can occur in conjunction with GAD:

  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attachment disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder