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

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Causes & Effects of PTSD

No one experiences PTSD the same way as someone else. Understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of PTSD is a key component toward starting the recovery journey.

Understanding PTSD

Learn about PTSD

While most people experience grief and/or worry following a trauma, some individuals develop markedly distressing symptoms after experiencing, witnessing, or learning about a trauma or traumatic event. Those who develop these symptoms are often times suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. A condition that impairs functioning and hinders a person from completing normal, day-to-day tasks, PTSD sufferers live with extreme emotional distress and a heightened sense of alertness and fear that danger is a stone’s throw away.

These symptoms can occur following deployment, natural or man-made disasters, abuse, accidents, a crime, or the unexpected death of a loved one. Appearing shortly after the trauma and lasting long after the trauma originally occurred, the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder can be devastating for a person. Luckily, treatment for PTSD is available and can successfully restore a person’s life to what it was before the trauma or traumatic event happened.


PTSD statistics

Posttraumatic stress disorder is said to affect over 5 million adults and that 7% to 8 % of all people with experience PTSD symptoms at some point in life. With 10% of women and 5% of men meeting criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, studies have also found that 4% of children, ages 13 through 17, struggle with this disorder.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for PTSD

Not everyone develops PTSD following a traumatic event or circumstance. Research has found that certain factors, like a person’s genes, physical chemical makeup, and daily environment, can make a person more likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder than others. The listed causes and risk factors have been shown to make a person more susceptible to developing PTSD after experiencing, witnessing, or learning about a trauma:

Genetic: Possessing a family history of mental illness, one specifically consisting of anxiety disorders, increase a person’s chance of developing posttraumatic stress disorder following a trauma.

Physical: Conclusive studies have found that those with PTSD have decreased levels of certain chemicals in their brains. Serotonin and dopamine volumes, neurotransmitters that regulate emotions and how a person responds to stress, are said to be lower and could explain why those with posttraumatic stress disorder respond to stress in the manner that they do. Finally, neuroimaging studies have concluded that individuals with PTSD have structural changes in their brains that are different when compared to brains of people without this condition.

Environmental: Chaotic and stressful environments, as well as exposure to trauma, can lead to the manifestation of PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, being a victim of abuse, neglect, or a crime can result in the onset of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Preexisting mental illness
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Absence of coping skills
  • Poor support system
  • History of trauma, abuse, neglect, or victimization
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of PTSD

Depending on the type of trauma, the level of support around a person, and the sufferer’s age, the signs and symptoms of PTSD can presently differently. Indicators that an individual is struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder are:

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Invasive memories pertaining to the trauma
  • Recurring nightmares about the trauma
  • Physical indicators like profuse sweating, exerted breathing, or rapid heart rate
  • Flashbacks that cause a person to feel as though the trauma is happening again

Avoidance symptoms:

  • Decreased interest in things, experiences, or places that were once enjoyed
  • Pervasive feelings of hopelessness
  • Memory blocks about the trauma
  • Evading places, situations, or people reminiscent of the trauma
  • Feeling detached from the rest of the world

Hyperarousal symptoms:

  • Increased agitation
  • Inflated startle response
  • Feeling jumpy or on edge
  • Disproportionate irritability
  • Inability to sleep
  • Fears of imminent doom
  • Poor concentration
  • Drastic fluctuations in mood

Effects of PTSD

Untreated symptoms of PTSD can cause unsurmountable damage to a person’s life. Ongoing presence of symptoms can lead to the possibility of experiencing:

  • Demise of marriage or partnership
  • Decrease in quantity and quality of relationships with others
  • Decline in academic or occupational functioning
  • Loss of employment
  • Chronic pain
  • Disordered eating
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Attempts to complete suicide   
Co-Occurring Disorders

 PTSD and co-occurring disorders

Because a number of posttraumatic stress disorder’s symptoms overlap and have the potential of inducing symptoms of other disorders, it is common for an individual to receive an additional diagnosis of another mental illness. The following are other mental health conditions that can co-occur in a person with posttraumatic stress disorder:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Substance use disorders
what past clients say

Before getting help, I had spent almost 7 years dealing with a past trauma on my own. It wasn't until I started on a downward spiral that my family helped me see that what I actually needed was professional help. StoneCrest helped me learn how to be happy again instead of just getting through each day. I owe this place everything.

– A former client
Marks of Quality Care
  • MPRO Governor's Award of Excellence 2017-2019
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation