Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Piney Ridge 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 Piney Ridge Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has 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 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.

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Suicidal Ideations & Thoughts Causes & Effects

No one experiences suicidal ideation the same way as someone else. Understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of suicidal ideation is a key component toward starting the recovery journey.

Understanding Suicidal Ideation

Learn about suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation occurs when a person suffers from recurring, obsessive thoughts about how he or she would kill him or herself. These thoughts can range in severity from fleeting considerations without actual intent, to the development of detailed plans where there is intent to follow through.

Sadly, many children and adolescents suffer from suicidal ideation; it is the most dangerous symptom associated with childhood depression. It is easy to disregard comments made by children regarding suicide because many people hold the common misbelief that it is just the child’s or the adolescent’s way of attempting to get attention. But these types of comments should never be thought of as attention-seeking behavior because the consequences of doing so are too severe.


Suicidal ideation statistics

It is estimated that, on average, 94 suicides are completed every day in the United States, with one person attempting suicide every 38 seconds. According to The Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24, and is the fourth leading cause of death amongst children between the ages of 10 and 14.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for suicidal ideation

The causes and risk factors for suicidal ideation in children and adolescents can vary based on the age of the children suffering from it, the duration of time in which they have been experiencing it, the environment by which they are surrounded, and the intensity of the thoughts themselves. A combination of genetic, physical, and environmental factors may also play a role in the onset of suicidal ideation.

Genetic: Genetic factors are believed to play a large role in the development of suicidal ideation. A family history of depression has been known to be passed down through generations. Some children inherit the depression that leads to suicidal tendencies from their parents, some from their grandparents, and some from as far back as their great-grandparents. Regardless of who passes it down, there is a genetic component to its onset. Results from studies done at Harvard University have reported that more than 50% of children who have parents with depression will develop symptoms of the condition before reaching the age of 20.

Physical: Chemical imbalances in a person’s brain, including a decreased level of serotonin, have been noted as being related to the prevalence of suicidal preoccupations. Similarly, if a person is abusing substances, he or she is actively causing the chemicals in his or her brain to become altered, therefore allowing substance abuse to be classified as one example of something that can cause the onset of suicidal ideation.

Environmental: When children and adolescents are made subject to unhealthy environments, they are at risk of developing unhealthy mental and emotional thoughts and behavior patterns. If they are raised in environments where they are exposed to things such as violence, substance abuse, and various other forms of abuse, they will most likely begin to develop a low self-esteem which can ultimately lead to depression and thoughts of wanting to commit suicide.

Other extraneous environmental factors can also play a role in the development of increased suicidal ideation. Things such as economic declines and, especially for adolescents, reports of celebrities having committed suicide can cause people to start contemplating the act themselves.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of depression
  • Family history of successful suicide attempts
  • Family history of violence
  • Suffering from major depression
  • Suffering from severe anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suffering from severe medical problems
  • Being subjected to physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation

The signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation will vary based on the age of the child suffering from it, as well as based on his or her individual personality characteristics. Some examples of various behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms that may be indicative of the fact that a child or adolescent is suffering from suicidal ideation can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Increased alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Verbally threatening to hurt oneself
  • Acting reckless
  • Participating in risky activities
  • Talking and/or writing about death excessively
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Giving away possessions

Physical symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Panic attacks
  • Noticeable changes in physical appearance
  • Significant weight gain or weight loss

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • Belief that death is the only way in which one can end the pain he or she is experiencing
  • Problems with short-term memory

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Extreme feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in things one used to be interested in
  • Severe anxiety
  • Feeling trapped
  • Feeling as though there is no purpose in existing

Effects of suicidal ideation

When people suffer from chronic suicidal ideation, the likelihood that they are going to begin attempting to follow through on those suicidal thoughts increases. The ways in which individuals may attempt to kill themselves can vary greatly. Depending on the method that people use, they can suffer from a variety of negative physical effects, including:

  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Total organ failure
  • Failure of a specific organ
  • Death
Co-Occurring Disorders

Suicidal ideation and co-occurring disorders

Unfortunately, the presence of suicidal ideation has a tendency to exist alongside the majority of other mental illnesses. In other words, when children and adolescents are preoccupied by thoughts of suicide, they are more than likely suffering from another type of mental disorder. Examples of these disorders can include:

  • Major depression
  • Other depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Other personality disorders
  • Substance abuse

It is important to remember that all is not lost for your loved one if they are in fact suffering from suicidal ideation. With proper care and treatment, suicide can be prevented.