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 North Tampa 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 North Tampa 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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Depression Effects, Signs & Symptoms

Understanding Depression

What does Depression Look like?

There are times in our life when we feel sad or depressed. These feelings are completely normal reactions to difficult life events such as a loss or disappointment. However, if you are experiencing intense sadness, accompanied by feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that last for many days to weeks, you may be experiencing a major depressive disorder. For men and women with major depression, their negative mood states significantly interfere with their daily life.

Major depression is a condition that causes persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, fatigue, and poor concentration. In addition to day-to-day symptoms, untreated depression can result in long-term physical and psychological problems, making it almost impossible for the individual to maintain their normal routine. Due to the high level of distress and persistent emotional pain, an individual may eventually feel that life is no longer worth living and start having recurrent thoughts of death.

While at the time you may feel helpless and alone, there is hope. Depression is a treatable disorder and there are a number of different intervention options that have proven effective.


Statistics on Depression

The lifetime prevalence of major depression for adults in the U.S. has been estimated to be about 25%, with the majority of individuals experiencing more than one episode. The 12 month prevalence rate for adults has been estimated at 7%. Estimates for the presence of the disorder in seniors, children, and adolescents are not considered reliable since the disorder is often undiagnosed and untreated in these populations.

Women are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with major depression than men. However, this may be a reflection of the fact that women are more likely to report symptoms of depression than men. It is also possible that depression in men may not be recognized due to differences in the way it is experienced in men and women. For example men often display more external behaviors such as anger outbursts, irritability triggered by minor events, physical agitation, and frustration. Women are more likely to internalize negative feelings and therefore are more likely to hold everything in.

Causes of Depression

What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Depression?

The overall scientific consensus is that depression does not have a single cause, but is the result of multiple factors that may need to occur concurrently. An individual’s genetics, life experiences, sex, age, brain chemistry, hormone levels, level of substance abuse, and the existence of another illness all play a role in the development of depression.

Genetic: It has long been recognized that depression tends runs in families, which suggests that there is a genetic link to this disorder. The idea is that multiple genes interacting with one another in special ways likely contribute to the various types of depression that run in families. This means that if you have a relative who has suffered from depression you are more likely to develop the disorder yourself. While evidence shows there is some sort of genetic link, an actual “depression” gene has yet to be discovered.

Physical: Research has shown that there are differences in the brains of individuals who have depression. For example, those diagnosed with depression tend to have a smaller hippocampus when compared to other individuals. With a smaller hippocampus, this means that there are less serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for communication between the nerves and the brain and body. A disruption in the process could be responsible for causing depression. It has also been hypothesized that the neurotransmitter norepinephrine is also involved in the development of depression.

Environmental: There are a number of different factors that occur than can increase the chances that an individual will develop depressions. For example, individuals who have grown up in an abusive household or with a lot of family conflict have been shown to more likely suffer from depression. Other life circumstances such as the loss of a loved one, losing a job, or getting divorced can all cause depression.

Risk Factors:

  • Chronic pain
  • Certain medications
  • Serious illness
  • Social isolation
Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Learn More About the Signs and Symptoms of Depression

There are a diverse set of symptoms that may be experienced by those with major depression. Due to individual characteristics and circumstances, different people diagnosed with depression may exhibit very different symptom patterns. Symptoms of the disorder include:

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Moving faster or slower than usual
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • No longer engaging in activities once enjoyed

Physical Symptoms:

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Persistent headaches
  • Stomachaches or digestive problems
  • Exhaustion

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Trouble concentrating or paying attention
  • Problems remaining focused
  • Inability to solve problems or make decisions
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide
  • Aches and pains in body
  • Problems with memory

Psychosocial Symptoms:

  • Extreme sadness
  • Feeling a sense of helplessness
  • Feeling worthless or incompetent
  • Nervous tension and agitation
  • Unnecessary worrying
  • Excessive or inappropriate self-blame or guilt (may be delusional)
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss of important relationships
Effects of Depression

Understanding the Effects of Depression

The long-term effects of untreated depression are going to vary among individuals and other life circumstances. Some of the more frequently experienced effects may include:

  • Loss of important relationships
  • Negative health problems
  • Acts of self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation or actions
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Loss of social support network
  • Work or school problems
  • Impaired immune system functioning, resulting in illness
Co-Occurring Disorders

Depression and other Co-Occurring Disorders

Individuals with major depression are usually struggling with an additional mental illness— in most cases this co-occurring disorder is anxiety. Major depression additionally co-occurs with a variety of other psychological conditions including:

  • Substance use and alcohol disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Psychosis
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD
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[North Tampa Behavioral Health] cares about the welfare of patients. I came to NTBH with feelings of anger and mixed feelings due to the death of my wife of 55 years. I am leaving with mental and physical tools to use at times of anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and anger.

– Raymond F.
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