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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Rio Vista 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 Rio Vista 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.
  • 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.

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Signs & Symptoms of Depression

At Rio Vista Behavioral Health, we believe education is an important first step in the effort to heal from depression. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of depression can help you get the right type and level of care for yourself or a loved one. 

Understanding Depression

Learn about depression 

Depression is a general term that can refer to a variety of mental health conditions that are known clinically as depressive disorders. Depression is typically characterized by symptoms such as overwhelming sadness, diminished energy, pervasive feelings of hopelessness, and related challenges. 

Two of the most common forms of depression are major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder. The main differences between these types of depression are the severity and duration of symptoms.  

In all cases, it is important to understand that depression is much more serious than temporary sadness or a passing case of the blues. Without proper care, symptoms of depression can be devastating. However, depression is a treatable condition. When you get effective professional treatment for depression, you can experience a significant increase in the substance and quality of your life. 


Statistics about depression

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) have reported the following statistics about depression in the United States:  

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for depression

There is no single definitive cause for depressive disorders. In many cases, multiple influences can combine to increase your risk for depression. The following are among the more common causes and risk factors for depression: 

  • Being female (depression is more common among girls and women than among boys and men) 
  • Having a parent or sibling who has struggled with depression or other types of mental illness 
  • Personal history of mental illness or addiction 
  • Experiencing abuse, neglect, or other types of childhood adversity 
  • Having a disabling or chronic medical condition 
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of depression

Depression involves much more than sadness. People who develop a depressive disorder may experience a variety of symptoms and exhibit a wide range of signs, including the following: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Withdrawing from friends and/or family members 
  • Frequently talking about death or dying 
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or helplessness 
  • Giving away important possessions (this can indicate that the person is thinking about suicide, which can be a symptom of depression) 
  • Apparent loss of interest in activities or topics that were once of great importance 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Fatigue, lethargy, or persistent lack of energy 
  • Altered sleep patterns (including both insomnia and hypersomnia) 
  • Changes in appetite, and resultant weight gain or loss 
  • Frequent headaches and stomachaches 
  • Sexual dysfunction 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Inability to focus or concentrate 
  • Significant mood swings 
  • Indecisiveness or poor decision-making skills 
  • Diminished self-esteem 
  • Poor sense of self-confidence 
  • Pervasive sense of helplessness or futility 
  • Recurring thoughts of death or dying 
  • Suicidal ideation  

Effects of depression

Untreated depression can have a detrimental impact on virtually all areas of your life. The following are examples of the negative outcomes that you may experience if you fail to get effective professional treatment for depression: 

  • Family discord 
  • Strained or ruined friendships 
  • Substandard performance in school or at work 
  • Academic failure 
  • Job loss and chronic unemployment 
  • Financial problems 
  • Substance abuse and addiction 
  • Health problems due to personal neglect 
  • Onset or worsening of other mental health disorders 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation 
  • Self-harm 
  • Suicidal thoughts  
  • Suicidal behaviors 

Please note that, when you get proper professional care, effects such as the ones listed above can be avoided. If you’ve already experienced damage, it can be repaired. When you enter a treatment program for depression, you can put yourself on the path towards a much healthier and more hopeful future.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who struggle with depression 

If you’ve struggled with depression, you may also have an elevated risk for developing certain other mental health disorders, including the following: 

  • Panic disorder 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Anorexia nervosa 
  • Bulimia nervosa 
  • Borderline personality disorder 
  • Substance use disorders (the clinical term for addiction)

Introducing Rio Vista Behavioral Health

Rio Vista Behavioral Health offers state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric and detox services in the El Paso, Texas, area. Our commitment is to provide men, women, and children in our community with individualized treatment planning and ongoing recovery support.