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 Southcoast 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 Southcoast 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

Delusional Disorder Causes & Effects

The signs, symptoms, and effects of delusional disorder can look different for each person impacted. Learning about delusional disorder is one of the first steps toward healing.

Understanding Delusional Disorder

Learn about delusional disorder

A delusion is a belief that a person holds that is not based in reality and is not altered or modified when the person is presented with contradictory evidence. As such, people who are suffering from delusional disorder struggle to align reality with their perceptions of reality. There are a number of different delusions that a person may hold. Some individuals believe that another person is in love with him or her (the erotomanic type), while other people believe that they possess a great hidden talent or have a history of great achievements (the grandiose type). Still other people become convinced that a lover or spouse has been unfaithful (the jealous type), or that one is being pursued, hunted, attacked, persecuted, or prevented from achieving goals (the persecutory type). Other people develop delusions about their bodies or bodily sensations, such as believing that insects are inside of them or that they have a foul odor, which would indicate that they are suffering from the somatic type of the disorder. Often a person with delusional disorder may behave in a relatively healthy, adaptive manner and only display odd behavior where his or her delusion is concerned. That being said, delusional disorder has the potential to create enormous upset and turmoil in a person’s life. Thankfully, there are treatment options available to help people manage the painful effects of delusion disorder.

Statistics

Delusional disorder statistics

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, it is estimated that approximately 0.2 percent of people will suffer from delusional disorder at some point in their lives. Overall rates of delusional disorder are the same between men and women, though men are more likely to develop jealous-type delusions.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for delusional disorder

Research suggests that people who have family members with schizophrenia or schizotypal personality disorder are at greater risk of developing delusional disorder, suggesting that genetics may play a causal role in determining a person’s risk of developing the disorder. In addition, people who are older are more likely than younger individuals to develop delusional disorder as well.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of schizophrenia or schizotypal personality disorder
  • Being of older age
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of delusional disorder

The signs and symptoms of delusional disorder differ primarily according to personality differences and the type of delusion with which a person is struggling. These symptoms also must not be due to consumption of a drug or other substance. Despite individual differences in the disorder, the following are some common signs and symptoms of delusional disorder:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Antagonistic behavior, such as filing lawsuits or sending many letters of protest
  • Aggressive behavior towards others that is consistent with delusions
  • Other behaviors that are consistent with delusions, such as scratching one’s skin if one believes one’s body is infested with insects
  • Poor occupational functioning directly related to the delusional belief
  • Relative lack of impairment in functioning other than that caused by the delusion

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Experiencing a delusion or delusions
  • Poor insight into irrationality of one’s delusional belief(s)
  • Believing that others are attempting to harm the person (persecutory type)
  • Belief that others are in love with the person (erotomanic type)
  • Belief that one has great talents or a history of important achievements (grandiose type)
  • Believing that one’s spouse or significant other is unfaithful (jealous type)
  • Belief that one’s body has a foul odor, is malfunctioning or misshapen, or is infested (somatic type)
  • Other delusional belief (mixed or unspecified type)
  • Lack of bizarre or odd beliefs other than the delusion

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Social difficulties related to one’s delusion(s)
  • Tension in romantic relationships related to the delusion(s)
  • Irritability
Effects

Effects of delusional disorder

Delusional disorders tend to have less of an effect on a person’s overall ability to function than other schizophrenia spectrum or psychotic disorders. However, if a person’s delusional beliefs come to the surface in multiple settings, the potential for negative effects is much greater. If delusional disorder is left untreated, the following are some potential negative consequences that a person may experience:

  • Disruption in social relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Tension with one’s spouse or significant other
  • Poor work performance
  • Loss of job
  • Financial difficulties
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Anger or violent behavior
  • Legal difficulties

I now am on the road to recovery because of the process groups and my personal therapist at Southcoast. Thank you for helping me get my life together. I am forever grateful!

– Anonymous Client
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