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 San Juan Capestrano 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 San Juan Capestrano 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

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and effects of anxiety. Understanding what you or your loved one is going through can be the first step to getting help.

Understanding Anxiety

Learn about anxiety

Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and panic disorder are among the different types of anxiety disorders that a person can battle. Cornerstone to these conditions are ongoing and debilitating feelings of fear, worry, and/or apprehension. In many cases, the symptoms of these conditions are primarily psychological, though signs that suggest a person is suffering from this type of mental illness can display as physical symptoms.

With the ability to hinder functioning in a myriad of settings, anxiety can prevent a person from being able to execute even the most mundane tasks. The overwhelming feelings experienced by sufferers of anxiety can also lead to a number of unfavorable consequences if proper care is not implemented. What is crucial to know, however, is that anxiety disorders are very treatable conditions. Through the use of new and effective coping skills and confronting fears in therapy with a qualified mental health professional, in addition to other appropriate therapeutic interventions, those that grapple with anxiety can learn how to live life free from the constraints of anxiety.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for anxiety

There can be many reasons why a person develops an anxiety disorder or disorders. The following risk factors and genetic, physical, and environmental causes are those that are widely accepted among professionals in the field of mental health:

Genetic: It is quite common for members of the same family to struggle with symptoms synonymous with anxiety. By examining the prevalence of such conditions among people who share similar genes, researchers have found that anxiety, as with other mental illnesses, does have a genetic influence.

Physical: Researchers have found that those who battle anxiety disorders often have imbalanced chemicals within their brains. The primary function of these chemicals is to regulate emotions and responses to stressful situations. When these chemicals are not balanced, an individual may have a great deal of difficulty managing his or her anxiety and respond to turmoil, especially when it is unexpected, in a maladaptive manner.

Environmental: Anxiety symptoms can be triggered by a number of environmental influences or circumstances. For example, young people may experience anxiety in school settings if they feel as though there is a great deal of pressure to perform well academically. Adults may feel high levels of anxiety if they work in stressful work environments or reside in chaotic homes. These scenarios can be especially true if a person lacks the necessary and appropriate skills for coping with environmental stressors.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of anxiety or other mental conditions
  • Inadequate support system
  • Inept coping skills
  • Low socioeconomic status  
  • Exposure to chronic stress or violence
  • Personal history of traumatic experiences
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

Since there are several types of anxiety disorders, the signs and symptoms that could be present if a person suffering from anxiety-related symptoms could vary. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with ongoing feelings of worry, apprehension, or fear, it is imperative that mental health treatment is sought. The following behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms are those that should be reported to a mental health professional in the event an evaluation for psychiatric care is needed:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Avoiding certain people, places, or situations
  • Procrastination
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors

Physical symptoms:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Labored breathing
  • Profuse sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizzy feeling
  • Frequent urination as a result of ongoing nervousness
  • High blood pressure
  • Tension in muscles
  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Disturbed sleep

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Ritualistic thinking
  • Fleeting ideas
  • Memory impairment
  • Compulsions
  • Poor concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Cyclical thinking
  • Inability to make decisions

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feeling detached from surroundings
  • Intense guilty feelings
  • Pervasive feelings of nervousness
  • Unpredictable mood
  • Derealization
Effects

Effects of anxiety

The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can be extremely distressing for sufferers. Without care for this type of mental illness, it is likely that an individual will experience adversity in several areas of his or her life. The following effects have a high probability of occurring if a person allows symptoms of anxiety to remain without therapeutic intervention:

  • Loss of employment
  • Substance use, abuse, addiction, or dependence
  • Presence of self-harming behaviors
  • Decline in quality and quantity of interpersonal relationships
  • Divorce
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Academic failure
  • Inability to maintain work performance
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Attempts at suicide
Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and co-occurring disorders

Individuals who meet diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder can also display symptoms of another mental health disorder at the same time. Because of this, it is possible for a person to be diagnosed with an additional mental illness. The listed disorders are those that are commonly diagnosed and treated at the same time as an anxiety disorder:

  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

My severe depression had taken over my life. I’m so thankful for San Juan Capestrano Hospital for giving me the strength to start living my life again to the fullest.

– Luis S.