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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Riverview Behavioral Health Hospital 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 Riverview Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • 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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Aggression Treatment & Rehab in Texarkana, AR

Riverview Behavioral Health is the most trusted aggression treatment center for men, women, and children in Texarkana, AR. We craft unique treatment plans for our patients to provide long-term success in recovery.

Understanding Aggression

Learn more about aggression treatment at Rivervew Behavioral Health Hospital in Texarkana, AR

Aggression is most broadly defined as a behavior or disposition that is hostile or attacking that may occur with or without provocation or in retaliation to someone else’s actions or words. Aggression may take a variety of forms and can be communicated verbally (such as by yelling at another person) or physically (such as engaging in physical violence). Aggression is distinct from assertiveness, although these terms are often used interchangeably. It is worth noting that aggression is not the same as conflict, which is what happens when two or more people have opposing views. Conflict is often resolved in different ways, such as through negotiation, persuasion, or taking turns. Aggressive behaviors may be involved in some conflicts, but not all conflicts will involve aggression.

Behaviors that can be considered aggressive include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Biting
  • Pinching
  • Spitting
  • Hair-pulling
  • Pushing

Aggression can also take on an indirect form. Indirect aggressive behaviors may also be categorized as relational aggression, as it can cause friction in a relationship between two (or more) individuals. Indirect aggressive behaviors can include:

  • Bullying
  • Teasing
  • Spreading rumors
  • Gossiping
  • Excluding others
  • Name-calling
  • Destruction of objects
  • Ignoring

Causes for Aggression

The causes for aggression have long been a topic of debate among professionals in the field of mental and behavioral health. The frustration-aggression theory for aggression maintains that when people are frustrated and cannot reach their goals, they become angry and hostile and behave in an aggressive fashion. The social learning theory has received the most acceptance in today’s view of aggression and states that individuals learn to behave aggressively based upon the environment and may use it to achieve their goals. It is commonly accepted that the manner in which one responds to frustration likely depends on what has been learned from others.

Aggression in adults can be the result of many factors working together, or as a symptom of a mental illness. There are a number of mental illnesses that can lead to the manifestation of aggression in adults. The most common mental illnesses that can evoke aggressive behaviors include:

Antisocial personality disorder is a personality disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of disregard for and abject violation of the rights of others. This may be caused by a decreased sense of morals or conscience, and a history of criminal behavior, legal problems, as well as impulsive and outwardly aggressive acts.

Bipolar disorder may cause individuals to act aggressively during a manic episode of this disorder. Additionally, while struggling with a depressive episode, individuals who have bipolar disorder may become highly irritable, which can lead to outbursts of aggression.

Borderline personality disorder can cause those who suffer from this illness to be prone to significant emotional instability, which can cause them to lash out at others both verbally and physically when angry.

Histrionic personality disorder is a personality disorder that is categorized by patterns of extreme emotions and attention-seeking behaviors. If the sought-after attention is not given, individuals who have this disorder may lash out to obtain the wanted attention.

Intermittent explosive disorder involves a pattern of impulsive, violent, aggressive, and angry outbursts that are distinctly out of proportion to the situation. Individuals who have this condition may attack others or their possessions, causing injury or property damage.

Schizoaffective disorder includes symptoms of schizophrenia (hallucinations and delusions) and symptoms that resemble bipolar disorder. During a psychotic episode, individuals who have schizoaffective disorder may become violent and aggressive as they respond to internal stimuli.

Schizophrenia symptoms do not include violence towards others or things, though occasionally psychotic episodes may cause an individual to respond to internal stimuli and act violently or aggressively toward others.

Substance use disorders may cause an individual to become aggressive while intoxicated or when going through withdrawal. Methamphetamine, PCP, and alcohol, for example, are all known to cause people to become aggressive when under the influence, which can elicit a number of harmful consequences for the individual and those around him or her.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause for dementia in senior adults. As this disorder directly affects the brain by systematically destroying the areas involved in emotional regulation, many adults who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease engage in aggressive, and sometimes violent behaviors, as the disease progresses.

Dementia is not a single syndrome, but rather a group of syndromes, that can trigger certain aggressive behaviors. Adults with dementia may lash out at caregivers and others in response to benign stimuli, while others may become violent out of fear or anxiety stemming from the confusion they are experiencing.

Treatment for Aggression

Treatment for aggression offered at Rivervew Behavioral Health Hospital in Texarkana, AR

Depending on the severity of an individual’s aggression, as well as the possible cause of it, certain forms of care may be recommended. Inpatient treatment, for example, is an appropriate type of service for someone who may be at-risk of causing harm to him or herself or others. Within this level of care, a person is prevented from causing him or herself injury and is given the support and attention needed to learn to manage anger and other triggers for aggression. Various forms of therapy and certain medications may be recommended so that a person can both identify possible triggers for acting out in a violent or verbally hostile manner, and so that an individual can develop skills for controlling angry outbursts in the future.

If an important person in your life is demonstrating aggressive behaviors that elicit concern and could possibly jeopardize his or her ability to live a healthy and productive life, look no further than Riverview Behavioral Health for help. We are here to assist men and women in understanding the root causes of aggression and to offer them the care and attention they need to make positive changes in their lives.

These affiliations are an official recognition of Riverview’s dedication to offering exceptional treatment.
  • Arkansas Hospital Association
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
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Initially, I was afraid to face myself and seek help for my issues. After only a couple of weeks in therapy, my progress was undeniable. My biggest regret is I didn't reach out to Riverview sooner.

– A former patient