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 SUWS of the Carolinas 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 SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • 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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Anxiety Signs & Symptoms

We remain open and are continuing to accept new admissions.

SUWS of the Carolinas remains committed to providing clinically superior services within a safe and supportive environment while taking all appropriate precautions to protect the well-being of our students and staff.

For admissions information, or to learn more about the heightened preventive measures we have put in place, please click the link at the top of this page or call us at (828) 489-3198.

What is Anxiety?

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Just like adults, children and adolescents experience stressful situations in life; however some young people have such intense feelings of anxiety that they are unable to function properly. The presence of an anxiety disorder can impact how a young person feels and behaves on a daily basis. Furthermore, if anxiety disorders are not properly treated the distressing symptoms can be long-lasting, often leading to a number of negative consequences, including poor school performance, lack of appropriate social skills, conflicts at home, and the possible development of substance abuse.

Though anxiety disorders can be extremely disruptive in a young person’s life, fortunately, these problems can be treated — and the sooner treatment is sought, the higher the chance that further difficulties can be prevented.


Statistics on PDD

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health conditions. These disorders are known to affect individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds. More specifically, it is estimated that 8% of adolescents in the United States have an anxiety disorder.

Causes and Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

No one knows for sure what causes the manifestation of an anxiety disorder. However, a majority of scientists believe that there is a genetic component as well contributions from certain life experiences that can lead to the development of anxiety. Consider the following:

Genetic: Many years of research has demonstrated that anxiety disorders tend to run in families. This means that children or adolescents who have a close relative with an anxiety disorder are more likely to develop anxiety than are others without such family history.

Environmental: Mental health professionals have also recognized the role that environmental factors play in the development of mental health disorders such as anxiety. For example, a child who experiences a traumatic event or grows up in a stressful home environment is more likely to develop anxiety.

Risk Factors:

  • Being female
  • Exposure to chronic stress, violence, and/or trauma
  • Lack of effective coping skills
  • Family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders
  • Inadequate support system
  • Experiencing abrupt life changes
  • Familial conflicts
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder

The signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents are going to vary depending upon the specific anxiety disorder a child is struggling with. Also, although similar, the symptoms of anxiety disorders in young persons may be different than those present in adults. Furthermore, presenting symptoms will also depend upon each child’s individual characteristics. Some of the most common signs and symptoms may include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Quick to anger
  • Bed wetting
  • Avoidance of certain activities
  • Extreme dependence or clinginess
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Profound shyness
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Restlessness or pacing
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Extreme resistance to change
  • Procrastination
  • Exaggerated startle response

Physical symptoms:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Trembling hands
  • Muscle tension
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating
  • Extreme fatigue

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Constant worrying about future events
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Detachment from one’s surroundings
  • Impaired memory
  • Cyclical thinking
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Ritualistic thinking
  • Fleeting ideas
  • Depersonalization

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Frequent feelings of panic and fear
  • Fear of embarrassment or of making mistakes
  • Depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Fear of dying or losing control
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Unpredictable mood
  • Ongoing nervousness

Effects of Anxiety

With proper treatment and support, anxiety disorders in children and adolescents can be effectively managed. Unfortunately, many do not get the treatment they need, and continue to struggle with a number of long-term consequences. Some of the most common effects of anxiety in children and adolescents include:

  • Poor school performance
  • Behavioral problems
  • Low self-esteem and sense of self-worth
  • Relationship difficulties among family and friends
  • Depression
  • Physical problems including headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Conflict within the family
  • Suicidal ideations and attempts

Anxiety and Co-Occurring Disorders

It is very common for a child or adolescent with an anxiety disorder to struggle with an additional mental health disorder. The following conditions are often diagnosed in individuals who have anxiety disorders:

  • Additional anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Thank you for putting your heart and soul into helping these kids. Our son is able to manage his anxiety and is excelling again in school. Thank You!

– Anonymous Parent
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Why does this matter?
  • Cognia
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Forest Service Department of Agriculture
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • Safe Zone
  • Sky's The Limit Fund
  • The Jason Foundation

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