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 Vantage Point 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 Vantage Point 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

Signs and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

For over 35 years, Vantage Point is the area's only full service mental health facility with a complete continuum of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children, adults and seniors.

Understanding ADHD

Learn about ADHD and mental illness

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prominently diagnosed mental health disorders in children, adults, and adolescents. It is an illness that is marked by the presence of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and chronic inattention. While everyone will experience these symptoms at various times throughout their lives, people who suffer from ADHD experience these symptoms in such a way that it disturbs their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.

ADHD occurs when the parts of the brain that work together to perform executive functions such as controlling inhibition, planning, motor control, self-monitoring, and verbal regulation, become disturbed. In children, the impairment must be significant and must occur in more than one setting (e.g. both in school and at home). For an adult to be diagnosed with ADHD, he or she must have experienced the symptoms at some point during his or her childhood.

Statistics

ADHD statistics

  • 5.2 million children between the ages of 3-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Of that 5.2 million, 11.2% were boys and 5.5% were girls.
  • About 1.2% of the American population (of all ages) have been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • The average age of onset for ADHD is 7 years old.
Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for ADHD

While a specific cause has yet to be solidified as the sole reason that ADHD develops in people, there are different factors that have been said to play a role in its onset. Some of these factors may include:

Genetic: Heredity is said to be the most common cause of ADHD, as the symptoms tend to run in families. Studies have been done on adopted children who have ADHD where the children’s biological parents and the adoptive parents were compared to see whose traits the children resembled more. The result of these studies showed that the symptoms of ADHD in the children more closely resembled traits in the biological parents rather than the adoptive parents.

Physical: The chemical makeup of a person’s brain can play a significant role in the development of ADHD because certain areas of the brain work together to regulate behaviors. When those areas are imbalanced or when abnormal activity exists in the neurotransmitters that work to connect the information sent and received from those specific areas, the regulation of the behaviors becomes disturbed. This can then lead to the onset of ADHD.

Environmental: It has been said that things such as suffering from child abuse and neglect can lead to the development of symptoms of ADHD. Exposure to toxins (such as lead), contracting certain infections (such as encephalitis), or exposure to alcohol and tobacco in utero could also lead to the onset of the disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Being male (Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to have ADHD.)
  • Family structure
  • Trauma to the brain
  • Exposure to toxic substances (such as tobacco and alcohol) while in utero
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of ADHD

The signs and symptoms of ADHD will vary based on the severity of the symptoms as well as the age of the person suffering from the symptoms.

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Fidgeting
  • Interrupting others
  • Excessive hyperactivity
  • Talking rapidly and excessively
  • Failure to complete homework and/or tasks
  • Restlessness
  • Initiating conversations at inappropriate times

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Chronic inattention
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetfulness
  • Disorganized
  • Impatience

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
Effects

Effects of ADHD

The effects of ADHD can include:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Poor social skills
  • Family discord
  • Receiving failing grades (for children) or losing a job (for adults) due to an inability to successfully perform the required tasks
  • Low self-esteem
Co-Occurring Disorders

ADHD and co-occurring disorders

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Learning Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
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