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 Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center 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 Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center.

  • 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

Aggression Treatment Center & Clinic in North Mississippi

Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center is a residential behavioral health clinic for children, teens, and young adults in northern Mississippi. Our dedicated, experienced staff provides individualized treatment to help young people lead healthier, more productive lives.

Aggression Treatment

Learn more about aggression treatment at Millcreek of Pontotoc

Many children and adolescents present with aggressive behaviors at some point during their development. They may be argumentative or engage in scuffles with their siblings or peers. However, when a youth has overtly aggressive, hostile, violent, destructive, or instigative behaviors on an ongoing basis, there may be a need for treatment at a treatment clinic in order to cease these behaviors. Especially if a child or adolescent acts out in a manner that is grossly out of proportion to a trigger or triggers or if they are behaving in a way that is far beyond what is considered developmentally or socially acceptable, care for these behaviors at an aggression treatment center can reduce or eliminate the risk of several consequences from occurring.

Young people who struggle with aggression may act out in various scenarios. They may bully others, engage in risky or illegal acts, and even seem to intentionally defy any person or persons in a position of authority or power. Often times, these individuals are battling a mental health condition that causes them to behave in these manners. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment so that the root causes for the aggression can be identified. Failing to seek care at a treatment clinic and permitting this type of behavior to remain can make a child or adolescent vulnerable to a number of life-altering effects, including the inability to form healthy relationships with others or incarceration. Fortunately, effective treatment at an aggression treatment center is available that can help aggressive children and adolescents learn coping skills and methods for controlling impulses and urges to act out.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for aggression

Experts in the field of mental health and human development believe that genetics, certain environmental influences, and the existence of certain mental health conditions can explain the cause of aggressive behaviors in people. Consider the following when you are trying to understand the possible origins of your child’s aggression:

Genetic: Extensive research on aggression led to the discovery of a specific gene that is now known to cause a person to behave aggressively. This gene was then subsequently found in individuals who share similar genes who also have a history of aggression. Because of this finding, it has been concluded that a tendency to be aggressive can be inherited from one’s parents.

Environmental: Children and adolescents who are exposed to environments or circumstances in which aggression is prevalent have a higher likelihood of acting out aggressively as well. Youth who are not exposed to such conditions are not known to present with the same type of hostile or violent behaviors.

Mental health disorders: Aggression is often symptomatic of a mental illness. The following disorders include aggression and aggressive behaviors as symptoms and are especially likely to be present when a lack of impulse control also exists:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Intermittent explosive disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Substance use disorders
Effects

Effects of aggression

Ongoing aggressive behaviors can result in devastating consequences. Additionally, aggression and acting out behaviors can carry over into adulthood and make a person vulnerable to a number of life-altering effects. The following effects of pervasive aggression are known to occur when a child or adolescent is presenting with these types of behaviors:

  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Increased interaction with the legal system
  • Increased conflict with others
  • Inability to adjust to change
  • Inability to make friends or maintain healthy relationships with others
  • Disciplinary action at school
  • Expulsion from school
  • Poor academic performance
  • Hindered learning
  • Academic failure
  • Substance use or abuse, which can lead to addiction or dependence
  • Hospitalization

Aggression Treatment Options

Types of aggression treatment offered at Millcreek of Pontotoc in North Mississippi

When a child or adolescent presents with overtly aggressive behavior, they are most likely battling a mental illness. Temper tantrums, physically lashing out at others, destroying property, or instigating fights with other individuals are examples of such behaviors. And while young people will act out from time to time, ongoing behaviors such as these are often triggered by mental health conditions that include behavioral issues as part of their diagnostic criteria.

Especially when aggressive behaviors cause significant disruption to a young person’s life, treatment is often required to cease these actions and can ultimately reduce the potential for harmful effects and consequences from occurring. Professionals in the field of mental health are trained and qualified to identify, diagnose, and treat mental illnesses that involve behavioral issues. Those who wish to receive such care can do so by seeking an evaluation from a mental health professional so that a definitive diagnoses can be determined. Once this is done, appropriate and effective treatment can be recommended and implemented.

Residential treatment at our treatment clinic in North Mississippi is one such option for care that has proven effectiveness in treating children and adolescents who present with aggressive behaviors. Within this type of care, young people can be monitored on an ongoing basis by mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, and other experienced professionals, who can intervene should an aggressive outburst occur, offer round-the-clock support when it has been identified that a youth is struggling to manage their behavior, and teach new methods for coping with symptoms of mental health conditions. Residential care at an aggression treatment clinic also provides young people access to psychiatrists who can monitor medication(s) if it is deemed necessary for treating aggression or a mental health disorder. Finally, because residential treatment at an aggression clinic often involves the caregivers of youth in this type of care, parents and guardians can receive their own support, guidance, and education on what their child is going through. Furthermore, young people and their family members are given the necessary tools for successfully managing aggression and symptoms of mental health disorders that can serve well long after treatment is complete.

I feel so much happier and healthier after getting help at Millcreek of Pontotoc.

– A former patient