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 Valley Behavioral Health System 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 Valley Behavioral Health System.

  • 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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Signs & Symptoms of Disruptive Behavior Disorder

Understanding Disruptive Behavior Disorder

Learn About Disruptive Behavior Disorder

Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) are a group of behavioral disorders defined by ongoing patterns of hostile and defiant behaviors that children and adolescents direct towards any type of authority figure. While all children go through periods of testing limits by acting out in negative behaviors, children with DBD participate in these behaviors to such an extreme that it affects their everyday lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

The two most common forms of disruptive behavior disorders are oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder. Conduct disorder is characterized by persistent and repetitive behaviors that involve violating the basic rights of other human beings and severely breaking rules set to enforce age-appropriate societal norms. Oppositional defiant disorder is similar to conduct disorder but usually presents itself earlier in a child’s life. ODD is characterized by patterns of hostile, defiant, and disobedient behaviors directed at parents, teachers, and any other type of authority figure.

Early intervention and treatment for children and adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders is imperative in order to keep the behaviors from escalating into higher risk behaviors that have the potential to lead to more severe consequences.


Disruptive Behavior Disorder Statistics

Disruptive behavior disorders like ODD and conduct disorder are said to be the most common psychiatric conditions diagnosed in children worldwide. Studies have shown that conduct disorder affects 1-4% of adolescents in the United States and oppositional defiant disorder is estimated to develop in approximately 10.2% of children. The presence of DBD is also known to be more prevalent in boys than it is in girls.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Disruptive Behavior Disorder

The development of DBD is theorized to be the result of a variety of contributing factors, including genetic, physical, and environmental components. The following are examples of what these factors might include:

Genetic: Children with DBD typically have family members who also suffer from some form of mental illness, including mood disorders, personality disorders, and anxiety disorders. This indicates that there is most likely a genetic component that leads kids to become more susceptible to developing and portraying symptoms of DBD.

Physical: Imbalances in the brain’s frontal lobe have been hypothesized to affect the onset of DBD. The frontal lobe is responsible for regulating people’s emotions and is said to be the “home” of personality development. When neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain responsible for communication throughout the brain) are imbalanced, the result is an impairment in their ability to communicate properly. This communication dysfunction can lead to the onset of DBD symptoms.

Environmental: The environment that children grow up in can have an immense impact on whether or not they develop the behavioral patterns that define DBD. If children are surrounded by a chaotic home life, they may begin to act out simply because it allows them to have something that they can control since they have no power over the chaos around them. Similarly, children who are raised without any form of appropriate discipline or whose parents tend to be more absent than not can experience major impacts on the ways in which they begin to behave. Atypical mother-child interaction at the time of birth has also been theorized to have an effect on the onset of DBD.

Risk Factors:

  • Exposure to violence
  • Family history of mental illness or substance abuse
  • Familial discord
  • Suffering from abuse and/or neglect
  • Being male
  • Poor or inconsistent parenting / lack of parental involvement
  • Dysfunctional home life
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Disruptive Behavior Disorder

The symptoms of disruptive behavior disorders will vary based on the age of the child and the type of behavioral disorder that he or she has. Children’s temperament, social skills, and coping mechanisms will also affect the severity of the symptoms. The following are some common examples of symptoms that people with DBD may exhibit:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Social isolation
  • Bullying
  • Revenge-seeking behaviors
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Willful destruction of property
  • Blaming others
  • Actively defying or refusing to comply with rules
  • Being cruel to animals
  • Playing with fire

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent frustration
  • Memory impairment
  • Inability to “think before speaking”
  • Lack of problem-solving skills

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Lack of empathy
  • Lack of remorse
  • False sense of grandiosity
  • Persistent negativity
  • Chronic annoyance and irritability
  • Low self-esteem

Effects of Disruptive Behavior Disorder

If children do not receive proper treatment interventions, the effects of DBD can be long-lasting and can, in some cases, lead to the development of antisocial personality disorder. Some examples of the long-term effects that untreated DBD can have on a person include:

  • Criminal involvement
  • Incarceration
  • Substance abuse
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Inability to develop and maintain healthy, meaningful relationships
  • Social isolation
Co-Occurring Disorders

Disruptive Behavior Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders

Disruptive behavior disorders can co-exist with other mental illnesses. The most common illnesses known to co-exist with DBD include:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
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