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 Schizoaffective Disorder in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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

Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment

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

Schizoaffective disorder, a rare condition that is classified as a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, is a mental illness that includes both psychotic symptoms and disturbances in one’s mood. The episodes of psychosis, which resemble those experienced by people suffering from schizophrenia, can make it quite difficult to determine what is real and what is not. Additionally, the mood disturbances, which can come in the form of either mania or depressive episodes, can lead to a great deal of emotional strife that can be overwhelmingly distressing. Individuals battling this serious mental illness require treatment in order to stabilize their varying mental states so that any potential risks or possibility of harm can be successful prevented or avoided all together.

As a premier provider of impatient treatment, Southcoast Behavioral Health is where those suffering from schizoaffective disorder can heal. The proven effective therapeutic interventions utilized significantly improve the lives of patients, and the dedicated staff of professionals care for each person who comes for care with the utmost compassionate and respect. When an individual comes to Southcoast Behavioral Health, he or she will receive the best and most appropriate services to meet each one of his or her unique treatment needs.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for schizoaffective disorder

Schizoaffective disorder has the ability to cause insurmountable emotional strife in a person’s life when it remains untreated. Those closest to an individual grappling with this condition may become concerned and worried about what the future holds for the person they care about, and may even be unsure as to what role they can play in helping their loved one. The following steps are those that can be taken by friends and family members of a person with schizoaffective disorder so that the much-needed treatment can be identified and ultimately received:

  • Learn all that can be learned about schizoaffective disorder and become aware of the symptoms of this condition.
  • Determine a plan of action with other friends and family members who can assist in deciding when your loved one may need more immediate and intensive treatment. This is sometimes referred to as a safety plan, and can help you feel more prepared in the event your loved one appears to need emergent mental health services.
  • Learn about providers of mental health services in your area, and pay close attention to hospitals that provide inpatient programming. Inpatient treatment is a great option for a person who is suffering from psychotic symptoms, as this form of treatment can supply the stabilizing care needed to help your loved one if he or she needs it.
  • Be supportive of your loved one. He or she is likely experiencing a great deal of emotional upheaval since he or she is battling psychosis and mood disturbances. By being supportive and understanding at the same time, your loved one will know that he or she can rely on you for help in the even he or she requires your assistance.
  • Lastly, it is a good idea to consult with mental health professionals to learn what you can do to help your loved one. These professionals can advise you on how to encourage your loved one to adhere to treatment recommendations and utilize the skills he or she has learned in treatment.
Why Consider Treatment

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

The consequences that can arise should an individual not receive care for the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder can be devastating. The psychotic symptoms and mood disturbances that are cornerstone to this condition can make daily functioning rather difficult and hinder a person in a myriad of settings. If a person does not experience chronic unemployment, that individual’s ability to perform well at work could be compromised and result in job loss. One’s social life can also be adversely impacted, as those who suffering from schizoaffective disorder may not be able to establish healthy relationships with others. And because those suffering from this condition can eventually be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or schizophrenia, depending on the longevity and severity of psychotic and mood disturbances present, the mental and emotional wellbeing of a person can worsen and diminish over time. Substance abuse and the onset of anxiety disorder symptoms can also begin to emerge, which could further prevent an individual from living a healthy life. Thankfully, there are programs that exist that can help those battling schizoaffective disorder; programs that provide the stabilizing care needed to successfully manage the symptoms of this perilous condition.

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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