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 River Place 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 River Place 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Aggression Treatment Center and Hospital in LaPlace, LA

Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Place Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art aggression treatment center serving the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.

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Learn More About Aggression Treatment at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital

Aggression is a widely used term that describes a form of behavior that can vary significantly in intensity. For example, even a developmentally appropriate skirmish between two children of the same age might be deemed aggressive if it escalates. But it should be noted that anger and aggression are very different, and while it’s normal and healthy to experience anger from time to time, the presence of ongoing aggression may indicate that you are struggling with a mental health condition that may require professional help to overcome.

From a clinical perspective, aggressive behavior typically indicates the presence of intentionally hostile actions that are designed to do physical or emotional harm to a victim. Aggression can take many forms and results in serious damage to the victim’s health, safety, and/or property. Some forms of aggression are more blatant and can include acts of physical violence and other destructive actions. However, some forms of aggression are more subtle, such as threats, intimidation, stalking, emotional abuse, verbal attacks, bullying, and more.

Aggression that continues for long periods of time usually escalates in severity, causing more and more damage to the lives of those affected by the behavior. There are numerous negative consequences that can result from aggression, but fortunately, with professional help, you can stop the cycle of aggressive behavior in your life. Inpatient treatment for aggression can assist you or a loved one in uncovering the root cause of the problematic behavior, and can help you develop new, healthier ways of communicating and coping with stress.

Causes

Causes of Aggression

There is no single factor that can determine if someone will engage in aggressive behaviors as each person’s life experiences and ability to tolerate stress will differ. However, researchers and clinicians have identified a few risk factors that seem to indicate a greater likelihood that a person will struggle with aggression.

Genetics and Physiology: Specific groups of genes have been linked to aggressive behavior, which may cause tendencies toward aggression to run in families. In other cases, repeated concussions, brain injury, or illness may contribute to aggression levels. Similarly, hormone levels and chemical imbalances can be linked to aggression.

Environmental: Ongoing, or sometimes even single-incident trauma, violence, and/or abuse, particularly during childhood, may cause an individual to be more aggressive. Also, individuals who lack strong coping skills, do not have a supportive network, or have a high level of stress are at an increased risk for becoming aggressive.

Substances and medications: Changes in an individual's behavior may be linked to chemical changes within the body. For instance, stimulant medications may cause a person to make reactive decisions or become angry quickly. Unintended side effects of physician-prescribed medications, alcohol or drug abuse, and even drug withdrawal, may also increase these behaviors.

Mental health disorders: Certain mental health conditions may increase the risk for aggression, and treatment for those conditions can help alleviate aggressive behavior. Some of these mental health diagnoses include:

  • Alzheimer's disease and similar neurocognitive disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Borderline, narcissistic, antisocial, or paranoid personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma- or stress-related disorders
  • Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Aggression

Aggression generally comes in two forms: Instrumental aggression and affective aggression, both of which are explained below.

Instrumental aggression: Instrumental aggression includes some type of pre-planning or premeditation, and there is often a delayed impact, or effect, with this type of aggression. Some examples of instrumental aggression include:

  • Indirect or passive-aggressive comments made in front of other people
  • Excluding others
  • Pre-planned damage to property
  • Controlled manipulation of something important to another person, such as personal finances
  • Spreading rumors or gossiping
  • Online harassment
  • Bullying or teasing

Affective aggression: Affective aggression stems from immediate anger and does not involve premeditation. Impulsive in nature, it occurs when a person immediately inflicts damage or harm to people, animals, or things. Some examples of affective aggression include:

  • Punching walls or other objects suddenly
  • Road rage or hostility while operating machinery
  • Stabbing, shooting, or assaulting others
  • Engaging in violent criminal behavior
  • Making threats of violence
  • Shoving, pushing, or tripping others
  • Hitting, slapping, punching, grasping, pinching, or shaking another person or animal
  • Name-calling or yelling in reaction to anger
  • Unplanned destruction of property, often performed in a rage

Aggressive behavior will vary from person to person and situation to situation, and individuals may engage in both affective and instrumental aggression. If you or a loved one begins showing signs of aggression in any form, it’s imperative to take it seriously and seek treatment as soon as possible.

Effects

Effects of Aggression

No matter the form, aggressive behavior can lead to a host of negative outcomes for perpetrators, their victims, and their loved ones. Left untreated, aggression can lead to:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of relationships or relationship strain
  • Aggravated symptoms of a pre-existing mental health disorder
  • Lowered performance in work or school
  • Struggles with the legal system, including jail sentences or fines
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Substance use problems
  • Financial strain or poverty
  • Injury from fights or destruction of objects
  • Isolation and social withdrawal
Treatment

Treatment for Aggression

If you’ve been struggling to control your aggressive behavior, there is little doubt you’ve already dealt with some of the negative outcomes that are listed above. You may be worried what will happen to you or a loved one if these behaviors continue, but you may not be sure where to turn for help. Sometimes, aggression can lead to the loss of important relationships, leaving the aggressor without a support network. If this is the case for you, please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. With the support of a comprehensive, inpatient treatment program, you can work toward understanding the root of your aggression, learn new, healthy behaviors and coping tools, and get your life back on track.

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