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 Red River 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 Red River 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.

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Aggression Treatment Center in Wichita Falls

Red River Hospital helps individuals struggling with aggression build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Wichita Falls, TX, Red River is the leading provider of treatment for aggression.


Learn more about aggression treatment at Red River Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX

Everyone has some concept of what it means to be aggressive. Naturally, we all have aggressive tendencies as a result of our inherent need to protect ourselves. However, some people have such dominant feelings of aggression that it causes significant disruption in their lives. When it gets to this point, a problem exists and an intervention is likely needed. Aggression can be defined as any behavior that is destructive, hostile, and potentially violent. It can refer to a wide variety of behaviors that trigger physical and/or psychological harm to other people, animals, property, or oneself. The types of aggressive behaviors can vary in severity, ranging from emotional dysregulation to severe, manipulative behaviors, and can present as mental, physical, or verbal attacks. When many people think of aggressive, they tend to think of physical attacks like hitting, punching, and kicking. However, behaviors such as blatantly excluding others, starting rumors, bullying, and spitefully arguing with others can be just as devastating and damaging.

When a person loses control of his or her ability to refrain from acting out in an aggressive, it can have a detrimental impact on his or her life. Uncontrolled aggression and misplaced anger can destroy relationships, cause problems at work or school, and instigate one’s participation in risky behaviors. The effects of excessive aggression will have a negative impact on the person who struggles with this lack of control, but on the lives of those in that individual’s life as well.

While aggression can result in countless adverse consequences, it is something that can be treated at a mental health treatment center like Red River Hospital. Through the use of behavior modification techniques and various therapeutic interventions, people can learn the coping skills and tools they need to gain control of their thoughts and actions and refrain from acting out on their aggressive tendencies.


Causes of Aggressive Behavior

There can be countless factors that play a role in the development of aggressive behaviors. These factors can include traits that have been inherited as a result of genetics, experiencing various environmental factors, being prescribed certain medications, or suffering from a mental illness. Descriptions of the most commonly cited causes linked to the development of aggressive behaviors are described in the following:

Genetic: Many researchers believe that a genetic component can have an impact on whether or not a person will be susceptible to excessive aggression. Results from a study that was conducted on mice showed that mice who lacked a certain gene acted in a much less aggressive manner than did the mice who did have that gene. Because this gene is also present in human beings, these researchers hypothesize that similar, if not identical, results would be demonstrated in humans.

Environmental: Perhaps one of the most prominent causes of the development of aggressive behaviors can be tied to an individual’s exposure to certain environmental factors. People who grow up in a chaotic home, who are subject abuse, or who witness repeated violence are more likely to act out in aggressive ways than are those who are not exposed to that type of environment.

Medications: Unfortunately, there are a number of medications which have the potential to produce side effects consisting of increased irritability, agitation, nervousness, and anxiety, all of which can potentially lead to feelings of aggression. Additionally, many medications are noted as having the possibility of leading individuals to experience thoughts of suicide, which can result in their beginning to act out aggressively against themselves.

Mental illnesses: Psychological disturbances are believed to be the most common cause of aggressive behaviors. While the symptoms of almost any mental health disorder can lead to the development of aggression as people begin to lose control of their own thoughts, the most predominantly noted disorders believed to produce extreme and unwarranted episodes of aggression include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Effects of Aggressive Behavior

When aggressive behaviors go unaddressed and remain ignored and untreated, there can be destructive consequences on a person’s life, regardless of his or her age. These consequences can include psychological, social, physical, and legal ramifications, among others. Examples of these effects may include:

  • Losing one’s job / prolonged periods of unemployment
  • Academic failure / dropping out of school or being expelled from school
  • Relationship strain, including the loss of significant others, friends, and other people who were once very important in the individual’s life
  • Poor adjustment capabilities
  • Decline in one’s health
  • Financial difficulties
  • Development of substance abuse and addiction
  • Hospitalization
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if proper treatment is received, these effects can be avoided.

Types of Treatment

Types of aggression treatment offered at Red River Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX

If you, a family member, or a loved one are participating in excessive acts of aggression, it is imperative that a mental health professional is consulted, like those at Red River Hospital. By doing so, you will participate in a thorough psychological evaluation that can help start the process of identifying the underlying causes for why these aggressive behaviors are so prominent. Due to the fact that there are such a wide variety of behaviors that can be classified as aggressive, as well as the fact that there can be so many different factors that play a role in the development of these aggressive behaviors, treatment will always be individualized in order to meet the specific needs of each individual.

While there are a number of different treatment options that can be beneficial in treating aggression, the intensity offered in inpatient clinics can often be the most effective. When individuals enter an inpatient treatment center, they are first and foremost being placed in an environment that ensures not only their safety but the safety of those around them as well. When aggressive feelings start to build up and these people begin to feel overwhelmed with the need to act on them, there are mental health professionals immediately available to intervene and work to diffuse the intensity of those feelings. These interventions act as part of helping individuals learn how to control their anger and address their negative feelings in healthy ways. This kind of treatment also enforces behavior modification training in which the goal is to assist these people in learning how to change their distorted thinking patterns in order to change the way that they act. Additionally, this treatment option allows people to explore the various underlying reasons that have impacted the development and expansion of these feelings and behaviors. Through a variety of therapeutic interventions, including group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and experiential programming, people struggling with the devastating and all-encompassing feelings of aggression can overcome their inner turmoil, gain control of their mind, and begin to rebuild their lives.

What sets us apart?

We understand the many pressures, concerns, and frustrations that can accompany the effort to find the best treatment option, and we are dedicated to doing all that we can to make this a more efficient and effective process.

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