Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 RiverWoods 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at RiverWoods Behavioral Health System.

  • 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.

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Atlanta-Area Traffic Issues May Increase Risk for Depression

If you live in or near the Atlanta metropolitan area, you are most likely well aware of the fact that traffic is an unavoidable aspect of life in this part of the world.

What you may not realize is that this source of occasional frustration may also put you at increased risk for a variety of health problems, including depression.

According to the 2016 edition of the annual Metro Atlanta Speaks survey, the residents of the metropolitan Atlanta area have identified transportation as the area’s issue that causes them the most concern. In the four years that the Atlanta Regional Commission has conducted this survey, transportation has topped the list of concerns three times. In 2013, transportation placed second to the economy as the leading source of angst in the metro Atlanta area.

The Metro Atlanta Survey involved more than 5,000 respondents from 13 counties in central Georgia, including Clayton County. A county-by-county breakdown of data collected by this survey indicates that Clayton County was one of seven Atlanta-area counties to rank transportation as the second most pressing concern, behind a crime.

Other transportation questions that were included in the Metro Atlanta Survey focused on proposed solutions to alleviate the area’s traffic problems, such as expanding access to public transportation, improving the quality of roads in the metro Atlanta area, and developing better communities to encourage people to live closer to where they work.

What was left unaddressed by the Metro Atlanta Survey is the ongoing psychological impact that traffic may be having on the mental health of residents in Clayton County, and in other cities and counties throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

For example, a study that was published in the June 2012 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who endured daily long commutes were at increased risk for a variety of metabolic health problems, as well as anxiety and depression. The researchers who conducted this study found that a commute of 10 miles or more can be enough to raise a person’s risk for depression and other negative effects.

This 10-mile threshold for depression and other physical and mental health problems should be particularly concerning to those who live and work in the metro Atlanta area. In 2015, the Metropolitan Policy Program reported that metro Atlanta residents averaged a 12.8-mile daily commute, the longest in the nation.

Of course, not everyone who drives more than 10 miles per day will develop depression. But the statistical uptick in depression cases among people who are forced to spend extended periods of time in traffic should be a clear warning to individuals who find themselves in a similar situation.

If you or someone that you care about has been demonstrating signs or symptoms of depression, it is important to get a thorough assessment and an accurate diagnosis from a qualified professional.

Depressive disorders are treatable conditions, and with proper care, individuals whose lives have been disrupted or devastated by depression can learn to manage their symptoms and resume their pursuit of healthier and more satisfying futures. However, before a person can emerge from the darkness of depression into the bright promise of long-term recovery, he or she must first become aware of the problem and then seek appropriate care.

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