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 Psychotic Disorders

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of psychotic disorders is an important part of the effort to get help for yourself or your loved one. At Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, Texas, we’re proud to be a source of information and comprehensive care for adolescents and adults who have been struggling with psychotic disorders.

Understanding Psychotic Disorders

Learn about psychotic disorders

Psychotic disorders are a group of mental health disorders whose symptoms, generally speaking, involve impaired ability to correctly perceive and effectively interact with your environment. Examples of psychotic disorders include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, brief psychotic disorder, and delusional disorder. 

Depending upon the type of psychotic disorder a person has developed, they will experience one or more of the following: 

  • Delusions: Believing things that have no basis in reality 
  • Hallucinations: Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there 
  • Disorganized thoughts: Typically evidenced by rambling, unconnected, or incomprehensible speech patterns 
  • Disorganized or abnormal motor behavior: Including unpredictable agitation, problems with goal-directed behaviors, and catatonia 
  • Negative symptoms: Diminished emotional expression and decreased motivation 

The signs, symptoms, and effects of psychotic disorders can make it extremely difficult for people to establish and maintain a productive independent lifestyle. However, with proper professional care, life can get much better for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who have been struggling with psychotic disorders. With the right type and level of help, people can experience relief from certain effects of psychotic disorders, learn to manage their symptoms, and achieve an increased quality of life.


Statistics about psychotic disorders 

The following statistics about psychotic disorders are from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for psychotic disorders

No sole cause has been identified for psychotic disorders. However, certain risk factors have been identified for various psychotic disordersSome of the risk factors for psychotic disorders include: 

  • Family history of psychotic disorders  
  • Personal history of certain mental health disorders 
  • Age (certain psychotic disorders are much more common among young adults) 
  • Season of birth 
  • Irregular brain chemistry 
  • Growing up in an urban environment 
  • Certain pregnancy and birth complications 
  • Childhood malnutrition  
  • Certain inherited personality traits 
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of psychotic disorders

The signs and symptoms of psychotic disorders can vary according to the type of psychotic disorder a person has developed, the presence of co-occurring conditions, and a host of additional personal factors. However, in general, a person who experiences the following signs and symptoms may struggle with a psychotic disorder: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Claiming to see, hear, or believe things that are not connected to reality 
  • Being unable to express clear and consistent thoughts 
  • Struggling to interpret and respond to social cues 
  • Speaking in a monotone or flat voice 
  • Failing to tend to personal hygiene and other elements of self-care 
  • Acting with uncharacteristic and unexplained anger, agitation, or hostility 
  • Pulling away from family and friends 
  • Ending participation in significant activities 
  • Being unable to complete goal-directed activities 
  • Exhibiting catatonic behavior 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Inhibited motor skills 
  • Flat, expressionless appearance 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Overwhelming confusion 
  • Hallucinations and delusions 
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing 
  • Poor attention span 
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Depersonalization (feeling detached from your body) 
  • Derealization (feeling detached from the world around you) 
  • Anxiety 
  • Paranoia

Effects of psychotic disorders 

An untreated psychotic disorder can have a devastating impact on a person’s physical, mental, and socioeconomic well-being. Depending upon the nature and severity of a person’s symptoms, the potential negative effects of psychotic disorders can include the following: 

  • Family discord 
  • Inability to form and maintain healthy relationships 
  • Poor academic performance 
  • Problems finding and keeping a job 
  • Financial distress 
  • Physical injury due to symptomatic behaviors 
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration, as a result of symptomatic behaviors 
  • Health problems related to diminished ability to follow medical advice 
  • Onset or worsening of other mental health symptoms 
  • Substance abuse and addiction 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation 
  • Homelessness 
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions 

Please note that the outcomes listed above are potential negative effects of untreated psychotic disorders. When adolescents or adults receive effective professional care for psychotic disorders, their risk of experiencing continued harm decreases significantly. Getting the right type and level of help can make a significant difference in the life of a person who has been living with a psychotic disorder.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who have psychotic disorders

People who develop psychotic disorders may also have an increased risk for various co-occurring disorders, including the following: 

  • Substance use disorders (this is the clinical term for addiction) 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Panic disorder  
  • Paranoid personality disorder 

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.