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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center 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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • 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

Causes, Symptoms & Effects of Suicidal Ideations

Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center helps individuals who are struggling with suicidal ideations find long-term recovery. Located in Belton, TX, Cedar Crest is the leader in mental health care.

Understanding Suicidal Ideations

Learn about suicidal ideations

Suicidal thoughts, or suicidal ideation, are complex behaviors. Suicidal ideation may be the result of loss, anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, and problems in other areas of a person’s life that feel so overwhelming that dying by suicide seems like the only way to cope. Suicide is a long-term solution to a short-term problem, and remains one of the top ten causes for death in the United States. It’s been estimated that 11 people attempt suicide for every completed suicide, which makes suicide a major, preventable public health crisis.

In the moment, people who are feeling like harming themselves see no other option to end their deep emotional pain. This emotional pain can distort thinking so much so that it’s hard to consider that there may be other alternatives to coping with problems. It’s important that anyone who feels suicidal reach out for help – there are a number of organizations and people who want to support those individuals feeling as though dying by suicide is the only solution.

It’s vital to remember that most suicide attempts are a means of expressing deep distress, not a harmless plea for attention. Any person who appears to be suicidal should not be left alone for a moment – this is a medical emergency. Call 911 and remove all methods of suicide, including access to firearms and medications immediately.

Statistics

Suicidal ideation statistics

Suicide is a major and needless cause of death for many people living in the United States. In 2007, suicide was named the tenth leading cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 35,000 lives lost. Suicide was the seventh leading cause for death in males, fifteenth for females, and a shocking third leading cause for death among people ages 15 to 24.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for suicidal ideations

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are quite complex and the causes for death by suicide are not thought to be the result of a single factor, rather the interplay of genetic, physical, and environmental risk factors. The most commonly cited causes for suicidal ideation and death by suicide include:

Genetic: People who are born into families in which a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, attempted or completed suicide are at a higher risk for suicidal ideation. Additionally, those who have a family history of mental illness or substance abuse are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors.

Physical: Research indicates that the risk for suicide is associated with changes in the neurotransmitters in the brain, notably decreased levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Environmental: Growing up or living in a home in which violence was present increases the risk for suicidal ideation. Additionally, exposure to suicidal behavior of friends, peers, and family can increase the risks for suicidal behaviors.

Risk Factors:

  • Firearms in the home
  • Past history of suicide attempts
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Childhood physical or sexual abuse
  • Incarceration
  • Being male
  • Being between the ages of 15-24
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Conflicts between family members and loved ones
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of suicidal ideations

One of the best ways to prevent death by suicide in children, teens, and adults is to understand the warning signs of suicide. Most people who do attempt suicide signal their intentions and intervention can stop the suicidal behaviors. All talk of suicide should always be taken very seriously – no matter the age.

Symptoms of suicidal ideation may include the following:

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Increased substance abuse
  • Increasing amount of time spent alone
  • Violent, rebellious, reckless behaviors
  • Talking about having no reason to live
  • Running away from home
  • Saying goodbye to loved ones
  • Talking about suicide
  • Saying things like, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead”
  • Decline in work or academic performance
  • Withdrawing from once-pleasurable activities
  • Sudden, extreme personality changes
  • Seeking out lethal means to end their life
  • Getting affairs in order – making a will, giving away treasured possessions
  • Forming a plan for the suicide attempt
  • Previous suicide attempts

Physical Symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Vague somatic physical symptoms
  • Neglecting personal appearance
  • Worsening of physical health
  • Psychomotor agitation

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with short-term memory
  • Preoccupation with death, dying, or violence

Psychosocial Symptoms:

  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Depression followed by a period of intense happiness and relief
  • Despair
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • No hope for the future
  • The belief that nothing will get better
  • Anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Angst
  • Extreme remorse
  • Anxiety
  • Anhedonia
  • Sudden sense of calm
  • Worsening of emotional health
Effects

Effects of suicidal ideations

Suicide attempts and behaviors can leave those closest to the person struggling to find answers. If you’re feeling hopeless about the future and believe suicide is the only way to end your pain, call 911 immediately.

Effects of suicide may include:

  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Brain death
  • Self-loathing
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Death
Effects on Loved Ones

Effects of suicide on survivors

Those who are left to grieve the suicide of a loved one are called “suicide survivors.” Currently there are nearly 35,000 suicides annually in the United States – it’s estimated that for every suicide there are at least 6 suicide survivors. Approximately 5 million Americans have become suicide survivors over the past 30 years. Experiencing the loss of a loved one to suicide can be shocking, painful, unexpected, and can severely impact the entire grieving process.

Common effects suicide survivors experience include:

  • Shame
  • Feeling responsible for not preventing the suicide
  • Feeling rejected or abandoned by their loved ones
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Relief (if loved one was suffering)
  • Anger
  • Numbness
  • Profound sadness
  • Emotional shock
  • Grief (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual)
  • Denial
  • Helplessness
  • Guilt
  • Self-blame
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Co-Occurring Disorders

Suicidal ideations and co-occurring disorders

Many adults, children, and teens with suicidal thoughts are struggling with co-occurring mental health conditions. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, over 90% of people who die by suicide have a co-occurring mental illness.

The most common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Paranoia
  • Dysthymia
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
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I would constantly have suicidal ideations to the point where it felt like I couldn't live life normally. Fortunately, the staff at Cedar Crest was able to help me break free and now I look forward to each day.

– Anonymous Patient
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