Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Rolling Hills 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 Rolling Hills Hospital.

  • 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

Depression Signs & Symptoms

Rolling Hills Hospital helps individuals struggling with depression build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Ada, near Oklahoma City, Rolling Hills Hospital is the premier provider of mental health & addiction treatment for adolescents, adults & seniors.

Understanding Depression

Learn about depression

Depression, a mental health condition that is characterized by pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and helplessness, has the ability to negatively impact a person’s daily functioning if treatment is not sought. Sleep disturbances, fluctuations in a person’s weight, and a compromised immune system are known to occur in those that suffer from a depressive disorder. Furthermore, depression can effect a person’s ability to fulfill roles, maintain attendance at school or work, or cause an individual to isolate him or herself from friends and loved ones. Prolonged depression can even lead to the onset of self-harm, suicidal ideations, or even attempts at ending one’s own life. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can prevent these detrimental effects and restore healthy functioning. The pivotal thing to know is that the symptoms of depression can be overcome with proper treatment.

Statistics

Depression statistics

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses that affect people of all ages. It is estimated that 7% of adults experience symptoms associated with depression and that more women than men are diagnosed with this mental health condition. In terms of children and adolescents who meet criteria for a depression diagnosis, research has found that 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents present with symptoms synonymous with a depressive disorder. Finally, studies have concluded that nearly 15% of senior adults suffer from or develop depression symptoms as well.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for depression

The development of depression is believed to stem from several causes and risk factors working together. Mental health professionals agree that the following explain why some people receive a diagnosis of depression:

Genetic: Research has concluded that depression is a disorder that can be inherited. Because 40% of individuals with a depression diagnosis have a family history of depression, it can be said that genes play a role in the development of depression.

Physical: Chemical imbalances in the brain are known to occur in those with depression. Serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate a person’s mood, are the chemicals most effected by depression. Furthermore, through the use of neuroimaging, the brain structure of those suffering from depression is different than those who do not meet criteria for a depression diagnosis.

Environmental: The onset of depression can be triggered by certain environmental events or circumstances. Experts note that exposure to trauma, abuse, neglect, or being the victim of a crime can bring about symptoms of depression if a person does not have the necessary coping skills to process these kinds of experiences. The reason for this is that an individual’s brain chemistry can be altered when an individual’s startle response is triggered and mood-regulating neurotransmitters do not return to normal. This reaction can also lead to sleep disturbances and changes in eating, both of which can lead to the onset or worsen symptoms of depression.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Personal history of another mental illness
  • Personal history of using or abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Family history of depression or other mental illnesses
  • Elevated stress levels
  • Exposure to trauma, abuse, or neglect
  • Being the victim of a crime
  • Inability to acquire or maintain employment
  • Inability to achieve academically
  • Experiencing a major life change
  • Financial strife or poverty

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of depression

Depending on the type and severity of depression symptoms present, the signs and symptoms of this disorder can manifest differently. Additionally, a person’s age can impact the way in which symptoms are able to be identified. Listed are common behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms associated with depression:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Self-injury
  • Missing school or work
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Unexplained emotional outbursts
  • Not being able to adhere to responsibilities
  • Declined interest in things that were once enjoyed

Physical symptoms:

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Experiencing physical aches and/or pain

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Problems with memory
  • Delayed thinking
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Inability to concentrate

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Being over critical of self
  • Guilty feelings
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Irritableness

Effects

Effects of depression

Effective treatment is necessary to avoid the negative effects associated with depression. Treatment involving psychotherapy that teaches beneficial coping skills has been extremely beneficial in helping people that are diagnosed with depression. Furthermore, medication to curb adverse symptoms has proven to be most effective when a person is also engaged in traditional therapy with a mental health professional. Examples of effects that can occur if an individual does not engage in the kinds of treatment discussed or through other methods of intervention are:

  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Distressing conflict within interpersonal relationships
  • Hindered academic or occupational functioning
  • Compromised immune system
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Poor decision-making
  • Obesity
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal ideations or attempts

Co-Occurring Disorders

Depression and co-occurring disorders

Individuals who are suffering from depression frequently struggle with another mental health condition. Whether depression is brought on by symptoms of another disorder or vice versa, the following mental disorders are known to occur alongside depression:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia

After almost losing hope, Rolling Hills helped me manage my depression and get my life around. I know brighter days are ahead for me.

– Former Patient