Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Covington 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 Covington 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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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

Causes & Effects of Brief Psychotic Disorder

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

Understanding Brief Psychotic Disorder

Learn about brief psychotic disorder

Episodes of psychosis that last more than one day but less than a month may be diagnosed as brief psychotic disorder. A person who suffers from this disorder is able to function properly while not experiencing a psychotic episode, which includes symptoms of hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized behavior and speech or catatonia, but he or she will struggle to function effectively in everyday life in the midst of an episode.

Anyone can suffer from this disorder, and it is sometimes a result of extreme levels of stress or a byproduct of hormonal changes related to pregnancy. During psychotic episodes, a person might require treatment to keep from causing harm to him or herself or others. This will depend on the severity of symptoms, which will vary in each case.

Statistics

Brief psychotic disorder statistics

Research suggests that about 9% of those who report a first-time psychosis episode are truly experiencing brief psychosis disorder, while the other 89% of individuals are experiencing another condition or conditions. Twice as many women than men suffer from this disorder. Usually it is experienced in the mid-thirties, although even teenagers can experience it as well.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for brief psychotic disorder

Dissociative states (detachment from reality) sometimes result from trauma, resulting in brief psychotic disorder. In other cases, there is a postpartum onset and the symptoms disappear a certain time after pregnancy. Risk factors for brief psychotic disorder might have a lot to do with personality. Individuals at higher risk may already manifest some schizotypal or borderline personality disorder-like symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of brief psychotic disorder

Brief psychotic disorder includes one or more of the following symptoms:

Delusions: These are beliefs that a person refuses to let go of, even when there is no solid base for clinging to the belief and there is strong evidence against it. Some examples:

  • Persecutory delusion (fear of impending attack or conspiracy)
  • Grandiose delusions (believed personal fame or grandeur)
  • Erotomanic delusions (belief that someone is in love with the individual)
  • Nihilistic delusion (belief of impending catastrophe)
  • Somatic delusions (belief of bodily occupation, infestation, infection, or injury)

Hallucinations: This symptom leads a person to hear, see, taste, smell, or feel sensations that are not based on real stimuli.

Disorganized speech: A result of rapid and disorganized thought patterns, disorganized speech jumps from topic to topic and might begin ideas without finishing complete thoughts. This gives the appearance of not thinking with any consistent sense or reason. Communication becomes extremely difficult.

Catatonic or disorganized behavior: Catatonic and disorganized behaviors can include:

  • Moving in an unpredictable way, often excessively
  • Strange posture, often without movement
  • Moving rapidly or excessively
  • Repeating things for no reason
  • Freezing or physically stopping all movement
  • Performing many actions without accomplishing anything

If any of these symptoms are present, it is advisable and appropriate to seek professional consultation.

Effects

Effects of brief psychotic disorder

Outcomes are positive when brief psychotic disorder is treated professionally. Psychotic symptoms will be less frequent, scary, and dangerous. Suicide is a serious threat with psychosis, which may last up to 30 days, so leaving this disorder untreated is hazardous.

Prior to treatment, my life was not only unmanageable, it was unlivable. Covington Behavioral Health Hospital helped provide me with a full, meaningful life. Thank you!

– a former patient
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