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 Little Creek Behavioral Health 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 Little Creek Behavioral Health.

  • 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

Self-Harm Signs, Symptoms & Effects In Children

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of self-harm is an important part of the effort to get treatment for a child or adolescentAt Little Creek Behavioral Health iConway, Arkansaswe provide comprehensive, individualized care for young people who have been struggling with self-harming behaviors.

Understanding Self-Harm

Learn about self-harm

The clinical term for self-harm is non-suicidal self-injury, and it involves intentionally harming your own body to cope with intense emotional pain, anger, or other overwhelming emotions. Not all young people who engage in self-harming behaviors suffer from a mental health disorder, but this behavior may be a symptom of an untreated mental health condition such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder. 

There are many different ways a child or adolescent might harm themselves, including cutting or scratching themselves with sharp objects; burning themselves with cigarettes, matches, or heated objects; punching themselves or walls or banging their head against the wall; and inserting objects under their skin. Getting tattoos or piercings is not considered self-harm because these are socially sanctioned forms of self-expression and creativity. 

Children and adolescents who harm themselves most commonly self-injure their wrists, arms, thighs, and stomachs, but they may self-injure any area of the body, and they may also use multiple methods of self-harm. Some young people who engage in self-harm may feel an uncontrollable urge to injure themselves when they become upset, and they use self-harm to relieve the emotional pain they are feeling.  

But many young people who self-harm feel shame and guilt after they’ve injured themselves, and the painful emotions they were trying to cope with may come rushing back despite their efforts to manage them. And, although their intention may not be to die by suicide, a young person who engages in self-harm may inadvertently cause serious injuries that can be life-threatening. 

Statistics

Statistics about self-harm

The American Psychological Association and the American Journal of Public Health have reported the following statistics about self-harm among children and adolescents in the United States: 

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for self-harm

Children and adolescents are at a stage in their development when their emotions are difficult to regulate, and they may not have the support they need to navigate their current challenges. Many influences can contribute to a young person’s urge to self-harm, and some of the factors that may increase their risk of harming themselves include: 

  • History of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse 
  • Neglectful caregivers or frequently changing caregivers 
  • Unstable home environment 
  • Untreated mental health condition 
  • Friends who self-injure 
  • Alcohol or drug use 
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of self-harm

A young person can self-harm in many different ways, and the urge to harm themselves may come with various thought patterns, physical effects, and behaviors. These are just some of the signs and symptoms that a child or adolescent may be experiencing the compulsion to engage in self-harm: 

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Wears long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather, to hide evidence of self-injury 
  • Acts out impulsively or unpredictably 
  • Becomes secretive and spends more time alone 

Physical symptoms:

  • Fresh cuts, scratches, bruises, or other wounds 
  • Scars, sometimes in visible patterns 
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep 
  • Significant changes in appetite 

Mental symptoms:

  • Intense mood swings 
  • Explosive outbursts of anger 
  • Pervasive sense of shame or guilt 
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness 
Effects

Effects of self-harm

The injuries associated with self-harm are not the only negative effects a child or adolescent may experience because of this condition. If a young person does not receive timely, effective care for the self-harming behaviors they are grappling with, they may also experience the following negative outcomes 

  • Serious physical injuries that require medical attention or hospitalization 
  • Accidental death due to self-inflicted injuries 
  • Onset or worsening of symptoms of a mental health condition 
  • Damaged or lost relationships with loved ones or friends 
  • School failure or dropout 
  • Loss of after-school job 
  • Suicidal ideation 
  • Suicide attempts 

 If a young person in your care is struggling with the urge to engage in self-harm, you can help them minimize their risk for experiencing these long-term negative outcomes. Getting them age-appropriate care at the first signs that they are harming themselves can help them learn healthier coping techniquesputting them on a path toward a brighter future. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among children and adolescents who self-harm

Not every young person who engages in self-harm is struggling with a mental health disorder, but this behavior is often a symptom of an untreated mental health concern. Children and adolescents who are harming themselves may be at an increased risk for the following co-occurring disorders:  

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Depression 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Panic disorder 
  • Psychotic disorder 
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