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 Millcreek 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 Millcreek Behavioral Health.

  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Leading Aggression Treatment Center for Children & Teens in Arkansas

Aggression can have a disruptive effect on children and teens, but we can help. Millcreek Behavioral Health is a leading residential facility in Arkansas for kids and adolescents struggling with aggression and other issues with mental health, developmental disorders, and addiction.

Aggression Treatment

Learn more about aggression treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health in Arkansas

Aggression is defined as any behavior that is hostile, destructive, and possibly violent. This term refers to a wide variety of behaviors that can result in physical and psychological harm to oneself, others, or objects in the environment around them. While aggression can be a common behavior during childhood and adolescence, it is also a behavior that is associated with many different mental health disorders. In fact, verbal and physical aggression are often the first signs of childhood disorders such as conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, both of which occur in 6 to 10% of this population, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Additionally, those who have an onset of aggressive behaviors in childhood, rather than adolescence, are often more likely to display more severe, persistent, and violent antisocial behaviors. These are only some of the reasons why aggressive behavior in children and adolescents needs to be identified and treated as soon as possible.

Aggressive behaviors can vary greatly from emotional regulation problems to severe, manipulative behaviors. Additionally, they can occur in a number of different ways including mentally, physically, or verbally. Aggressive behaviors can include behaviors such as physically pushing or hitting someone, arguing, engaging in physical fights, and bullying. It should be noted that aggressive behaviors are not all physical, behaviors such as starting rumors, excluding others, and arguing can be just as damaging. Fortunately, the treatment facility at Millcreek Behavioral Health, located in Arkansas, provides aggression treatment.

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for aggression in children and teens

The development of aggressive behavior can be the result of many different factors, from genetic causes that have been inherited from parents to learned behaviors through a series of repeated experiences. Additionally, certain types of mental health disorders or reactions to medication can cause aggression to appear in individuals who would otherwise be calm. Some of the most common causes include:

Genetic: Research suggests that there may be a genetic link to aggressive outbursts. In a study conducted on mice results showed that those mice who lacked a certain gene were far less aggressive than the mice that had that particular gene. This gene is also present in human beings, which seems to support the idea of a genetic link to aggression.

Environment: It is thought that certain environmental factors such as living in poor neighborhoods with high crime rates or family dysfunction can both lead to aggressive, problematic behaviors. Additionally, poor parenting practices and children with difficult temperaments are also at an increased risk.

Medications: Certain types of medication have the ability to cause a person to act in an aggressive manner. For some individuals prescriptions pills, or even some over-the-counter meds, can cause irritability, nervousness, or other aggression-causing feelings.

Mental health disorders:  A number of different mental health illnesses can cause a person to experience inappropriate aggressive reactions. Psychiatric disorders that are associated with an elevated risk of aggressive behavior include:

  • PTSD
  • Conduct disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Intermittent explosive disorder
Effects

Effects of aggression in children and teens

If not properly addressed and treated, aggression can lead to serious consequences in many different areas of a child’s life and can often relate to a number of negative outcomes later in adolescence and even in adulthood. Complications that result from aggressive behavior can include physical, psychological, and even legal ramifications. Some of these effects can include:

  • Delinquency
  • Substance abuse
  • Conduct problems
  • Poor adjustment
  • Academic difficulties
  • Expulsion or dropping out of school
  • Stealing
  • Vandalizing
  • Assault
Types of Treatment

Types of aggression treatment offered at Millcreek Behavioral Health in Arkansas

If your child is demonstrating aggressive behavior such as intense anger, frequent temper tantrums, or extreme impulsivity you should immediately take them in for a complete evaluation by a qualified mental health professional from our aggression treatment facility. It is important to minimize these behaviors. The earlier a child gets help for this disruptive behavior the better the outcome is likely to be. Treatment for aggression is conducted on an individual basis since the reason for this type of behavior can be the result of many different factors. The goal of treatment is usually to focus on helping a child learn how to control his or her anger and frustration in appropriate ways, be responsible for his or her actions, and come to accept consequences.

There are a number of different options available for the treatment of aggressive behavior, which may include a  program at our facility’s residential aggression treatment center that has been shown to be effective at identifying and treating the cause of this inappropriate behavior. Through our facility’s residential treatment program, located in Arkansas, individuals will be able to receive any therapeutic interventions needed to address any underlying mental health disorders that may be causing the aggressive behavior. Additionally, adolescents or teens can get any medication they may need and will be under constant supervision by our aggression treatment facility’s staff to ensure safety while they get their behaviors under control. Other methods that our aggression treatment center may use in treatment include group therapy, family therapy, and experiential programming, all of which can address any additional issues the child may be having.

Tips

Tips for coping with aggression in children and teens

Knowing how to handle an aggressive child can be difficult for parents and other authority figures, like teachers, that the child comes in contact with on a regular basis. Here are some tips that may be useful for dealing with an aggressive child or teen:

  • Praise them when they are being good
  • Do not ignore inappropriate aggressive behaviors
  • Do not try to rationalize the inappropriate behavior
  • Use concise, direct, and positively stated commands
  • Set up house or school rules that are to be followed
  • Enforce negative consequences when a rule is broken or when aggressive behavior is used
  • Increase ongoing communication
  • Model effective problem solving
  • Teach relaxation techniques
  • Constantly monitor the child