Don't Forgo Your Mental Health: We Offer Treatment via Telemedicine

For the more than 46.6 million Americans struggling with mental health conditions, securing a proper diagnosis and getting started on a mental health treatment program are critical benchmarks on their journey to mental wellness.

Unfortunately, hectic schedules, traffic jams, and other unintended issues like family emergencies can derail a patient’s best efforts to make a scheduled appointment. The good news is that you’ll never have to cancel a counseling or evaluation appointment again thanks to telemedicine and that handy tool you’re probably holding in your hand right now — your smartphone.  

Although the application of telehealth technology for patient care has been increasing over the last few years across the board, the use of this technology for mental health programs is recognized as a particularly good fit. In fact, according to a recent survey, the number of primary care versus specialty physicians not only willing, but also using telehealth is about a 60/40 split, with primary care physicians ranking higher. However, psychiatrists stand out among the specialists with an 80% adoption rate. 

With telehealth providers and patients can have a live, two-way interaction whenever and wherever they are simply by using their smartphone or computer. It’s especially important today, as Americans navigate the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, and as most households work under a stay-at-home order. Telemedicine offers an important opportunity to patients who may be otherwise considering pausing or delaying mental health treatment for the duration. In this blog, Rod Amiri, MD, Executive Director at Connect Wellness, offers his thoughts on telemedicine and why you shouldn’t put your mental health on the back burner.

Virtual visits are today’s house calls

Dr. Amiri has been delivering telemedicine therapy for quite some time. However, as patients — and indeed the world — try to cope with the emotional consequences of isolation and social distancing, and as feelings such as stress, anxiety, and fear heighten, the relevance and need for telemedicine mental health treatment is stronger now than ever before. If you are in the midst of our intensive outpatient program (IOP) or are a new patient accessing our program for mental health treatment for issues like bipolar disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, you don’t have to forgo treatment. Our telehealth mental health service is as close as your smartphone. Think of it as the ultimate house call. 

Effective, convenient mental health treatment

At the core of telehealth are smartphones and internet-based computer technology. Since these devices are communications vehicles, talk therapy delivered through virtual visits are particularly effective. Many mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and PTSD can ebb and flow. If you’re having a particularly hard time, the last thing you want to do is wait for an appointment and then have to travel to get there. With telemedicine, you can get the treatment you need when you need it. It’s a whole lot better than waiting and worrying. 

Great alternative for uninterrupted mental health services

Convenience is a definite plus, but nothing feels better than when you reach a pivotal point or benchmark in your mental health treatment plan. When all the pieces of your work start to come together, and you feel like you’re finally getting somewhere, the last thing you want to do is to stop the momentum. Regardless of everything going on around you, a virtual appointment is more than doable. You and your provider can continue your work together with face-to-face, real-time communication, making a virtual visit literally your key to uninterrupted mental health treatment.

To learn more about telemedicine or to book a virtual appointment, contact Connect Wellness by calling us at 310-881-8643 or by making an appointment online today.

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