Mental health facilities seeing less patients amid coronavirus concerns

Mental health facilities seeing less patients amid coronavirus concerns

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Times continue changing and it has more effects than many realize, including the impact this pandemic has had on mental health facilities. Mike Rowley and Dr. James lee at Havenbrook Behavioral Health have noticed less patients coming in. They believe that patients are scared to make appointments during the COVID-19 outbreak. "I think a lot of people are nervous to go to an ER or a hospital," said Rowley. "If you are experiencing stress and anxiety about the virus, the last place you want to go is a place where you perceive it's going to be." Which means the number of patients and clients his facility is seeing is also going down. Havenwood Behavioral Health works mostly with those facing prolonged or persistent mental illness or people who were referred to their facility directly from the ER. In some cases patients said the coronavirus was adding to their stress, but in other cases it hasn't proved to be an issue. "Some of them are aware of what is going on and there is some concern about it but there are others that really haven't mentioned it," said Lee, a clinician at the facility. What they've noticed is a lot of people just trying to grit their teeth to get through this so they aren't getting the help they may need, which can cause major complications. "There could be a deterioration in the symptoms they are presenting," Lee said. "That can lead to it being ...
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