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 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of posttraumatic stress disorder 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 PTSD. 

Understanding PTSD

Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs in the aftermath of one or several traumatic occurrencesPTSD can affect adolescents and adults who have been directly involved in traumatic events, as well as those who have witnessed traumatic events or have learned about the details of traumatic experiences that occurred to a loved one. 

The common element among traumatic events that lead to PTSD is that they cause people to believe that they are in danger of dying, being seriously injured, or experiencing sexual violence. Examples of traumatic occurrences that can precede the development of PTSD include military combat, acts of terrorism, physical or sexual abuse, automobile accidents, verbal harassment, natural disasters, and serious illnesses.  

In the aftermath of events like the ones described in the previous paragraph, it is common for a person to experience temporary shock, sadness, fear, anxiety, and related emotions. These responses are normal and healthy. However, if you continue to struggle with distressing feelings for an extended period of time, and if these feelings are so severe that they negatively impact your ability to function, you may have developed PTSD.  

The good news about posttraumatic stress disorder is that it is a treatable condition. When you receive proper professional care for PTSD, you can learn to manage your symptoms and regain control of your thoughts and actions. With the right help, you can overcome the effects of PTSD and once again live a happier and more satisfying life.


Statistics about PTSD

The National Center for PTSD and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have reported the following statistics about the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on adolescents and adults in the United States:  

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder 

Everyone who develops PTSD will have experienced, witnessed, or learned about at least one traumatic event. But many people who experience, witness, or learn about trauma do not develop PTSD. 

As is the case with most mental health disorders, experts have not identified one single cause or risk factor for all cases of PTSD. However, the following factors can increase a person’s likelihood for developing PTSD in the aftermath of trauma: 

  • Gender (PTSD is more common among adolescent girls and adult women than among adolescent boys and adult men) 
  • Personal or family history of mental illness 
  • Personal history of childhood adversity, such as abuse, neglect, or extreme poverty 
  • Experiencing multiple types of trauma or particularly severe forms of trauma 
  • Low educational advancement 
  • Insufficient social support 
  • Lack of effective coping skills 
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of PTSD

A person who develops posttraumatic stress disorder may experience a wide range of signs and symptoms. Each person’s experience with PTSD will be unique to them, depending upon a variety of personal factors. However, the following are among the more common signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder:  

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Acting with uncharacteristic aggressiveness or recklessness 
  • Destroying property, getting into fights, or otherwise behaving violently 
  • Altering behaviors to avoid people, places, events, or other reminders of the traumatic event 
  • Abusing alcohol or other drugs 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Lack of energy and persistent fatigue 
  • Disrupted sleep patterns 
  • Exaggerated startle response 
  • Hyperarousal 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Inability to focus or concentrate 
  • Dramatic mood swings 
  • Withdrawing from family and friends 
  • Recurrent unwanted memories of the trauma 
  • Nightmares  
  • Persistent sense of danger or dread 
  • Depersonalization (sensation of being unconnected or detached from your body) 
  • Derealization (sensation that the world around you is not real) 

Effects of posttraumatic stress disorder

Untreated PTSD can have a profound negative impact on your life. As with the signs and symptoms of PTSD, the effects of PTSD will vary from person to person. However, failing to get effective care for posttraumatic stress disorder can put you at increased risk for a multitude of distressing outcomes, including the following:  

  • Substance abuse and addiction 
  • Discord within your family 
  • Strained or ruined relationships with friends and colleagues 
  • Substandard performance in school or at work 
  • Academic failure, job loss, and unemployment 
  • Financial difficulties 
  • Physical injuries due to reckless, dangerous, or violent behaviors 
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration, due to reckless, dangerous, or violent behaviors 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation 
  • Onset or worsening of other mental health disorders  
  • Self-harm 
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who have PTSD 

People who struggle with PTSD are also at increased risk for certain other disorders, including the following: 

  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Depressive disorders 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) 
  • 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.