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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Causes & Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder

Understanding BPD

Learn about Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition that can prevent someone from living a happy, healthy life. The cornerstone to BPD is a fear of abandonment and unpredictable mood swings. Several troubling symptoms, including distorted self-perceptions, suicidal behaviors, and compulsion to self-injure can make those struggling with this condition feel trapped.

Thankfully, BPD can be treated through professional, comprehensive care. Through treatment, symptoms can be managed and skills can be developed so that those who have this condition do not have to live in distress any longer.


Statistics about Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is widely studied by researchers throughout the world. To gain a stronger perception into the prevalence of this condition, consider the following statistics:

  • Six to ten million people have symptoms of BPD within the United States alone
  • BPD affects twice the amount of people than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
  • Women are more likely to have BPD, as it has been reported that 75% of all people diagnosed with BPD are female
Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Borderline Personality Disorder

There are several different causes and risk factors that can play a role in the development of borderline personality disorder. Both genetics and one’s environment can have an impact on whether or not he or she is more likely to experience this condition. Some of the most common causes and risk factors for BPD can include:

  • Having a first-degree relative with BPD
  • Exposure to chronic conflict and stress
  • Poor attachment to primary caregivers in early development
  • Personal history of substance abuse/addiction
  • Experiencing abuse
  • Being neglected
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

The signs and symptoms of BPD can vary from person to person, especially as symptoms of this condition tend to fluctuate in severity. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of BPD include the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Displaying episodes of excessive and hysterical crying
  • Exhibiting extreme reactions to perceived abandonment, regardless of whether or not that abandonment truly exists
  • Engaging in “stormy” relationships, whereupon an individual consistently alternates between feelings of idealization and feelings of devaluation of his or her friends, family members, and other loved ones
  • Chronically engaging in self-harming behaviors
  • Participating in explosive outbursts
  • Lacking the ability to control one’s anger and acting out aggressively as a result

Physical symptoms:

  • Noticeable weight loss or weight gain
  • Presence of injuries resulting from self-injurious behaviors
  • Significant shifts in eating habits
  • Alterations in one’s need for sleep

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Delusions
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Episodes of dissociation
  • Periods of depersonalization
  • Periods of derealization

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Chronic feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Intense shifts in mood
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Fluctuating self-image
  • Pervasive and all-consuming feelings of loneliness and emptiness
  • Extremely low self-esteem
  • Deteriorated sense of self-worth
Lasting Effects

Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder

When the symptoms of BPD persist and treatment is not obtained, several effects can develop and begin to negatively impact one’s life. Some of these effects can include the following:

  • Making repeated attempts at suicide
  • Dying as a result of suicide (estimates have been provided stating that approximately 10% of people who receive a clinical diagnosis of borderline personality disorder end their lives by suicide)
  • Severe relationship disturbances
  • Significant familial discord
  • Deterioration of one’s physical health
  • Engaging in chronic self-harming behaviors
  • Inability to obtain or maintain steady employment
  • Experiencing financial strife as a result of being unable to hold down a job
  • Demoralized sense of self
Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Substance Abuse or Mental Health Issues

Many people who have BPD also grapple with symptoms of other mental health conditions. This is known as a co-occurring disorder. Those who have BPD are more likely to experience symptoms of the following mental health conditions:

  • Eating disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorders
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