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 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southcoast 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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Premier Treatment For PTSD in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Southcoast provides the highest quality PTSD treatment for adolescents & adults. Our treatment plans include individualized therapies to promote long-term recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder.

PTSD Treatment

Learn more about posttraumatic stress disorder treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Enduring a trauma can turn a person’s world upside down. In some cases, the effects are short-lived, and people can persevere through their temporary emotional turmoil. However, in other cases, people develop posttraumatic stress disorder and experience a great deal of emotional upheaval because of their symptoms. This condition, which is also commonly referred to as PTSD, can prevent an individual from functioning in a healthy manner in many different settings. Tormenting memories, disturbing nightmares, hyperarousal states, and emotional dysregulation can compromise a person’s efforts to perform well at work, interact with others, and even carry out daily tasks when the shadow of a past trauma seemingly linger. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that greatly improve the lives of those who are battling PTSD.

Southcoast Behavioral Health understands the emotional pain of those grappling with posttraumatic stress disorder. For this reason, this hospital supplies the life-changing care that can alleviate PTSD symptoms, and allows those afflicted by this condition to go on to live happy, healthy lives.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for PTSD

Close friends and family members of someone who is battling posttraumatic stress disorder are often wrought with a great deal of worry for their loved one. They may be unsure as to what they can do to help the person they care about and may even feel as though their efforts to help in the past have been futile. As someone close to an individual suffering from this illness, there are many things that can be done to help someone with PTSD get the treatment he or she needs. Consider the following:

  • Become familiar with PTSD by learning about the symptoms and effects of this disorder. In doing this, you will be able to gain better insight into what your loved one is experiencing and can develop a stronger sense of empathy for your loved one’s suffering.
  • Talk with your loved one about what he or she is going through. Be understanding, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. Enduring trauma can be a painful and emotionally taxing experience, so when speaking to your loved one try not to press him or her about information pertaining to the actual trauma itself. Let him or her know that you are there and will be supportive during this trying time.
  • Establish a safety plan with your loved one and other friends or family members. Should your loved one’s symptoms be severe, your loved one may not be able to keep him or herself safe. Should your loved one’s personal safety become compromised because of his or her distressing symptoms, it is a good idea to be prepared to help your loved one seek more intensive treatment.
  • Research inpatient programs near your loved one’s place of residence and contact providers to learn about their treatment options in terms of how they can help someone suffering from PTSD.
  • Remain an ongoing source of support and encouragement for your loved one. He or she likely needs reassurance that things will improve, and by being supportive and encouraging, you can help further your loved one’s healing and recovery.
Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for PTSD at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

The symptoms of PTSD can be devastating and eventually worsen over time if treatment is not received. Depending on the severity of the trauma that brought on symptoms of this disorder, the individual may experience a wide range of effects. Because of the intrusiveness of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, it is likely that a person will be unable to perform well at work, which could ultimately cause that individual to lose his or her job. Financial strain could result, and homelessness could be an eventual consequence if such strain is serious enough. Furthermore, meaningful relationships could become rife with conflict and result in demise, as PTSD symptoms can hinder a person’s healthy functioning in interpersonal or social situations. Substance abuse is also an unfortunate consequence of untreated PTSD being that many sufferers of this condition often turn to drugs and/or alcohol as a means of escaping their emotional pain. A pivotal thing to bear in mind, however, is that there are effective treatment options available that can great improve the lives of those who are grappling with the distressing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

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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