During these difficult times, the only thing on our mind seems to be the world COVID-19 pandemic. There are repeating thoughts in most of us that largely revolve around masks, social distancing, washing hands, and being overall responsible, mindful, and careful.
All of those things are fine, however, we unfortunately often disregard our mental health that can suffer the consequences of this more than stressful situation. For all those wondering “What can I do”, there is a solution called telehealth.
Telehealth And Telemedicine
By simply using our information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile phones, we can easily access telehealth services. What it allows is a long-distance contact between the patients and the clinicians.
It can also provide people with:
- Remote admissions
Telemedicine is used as a synonym for telehealth and it usually refers to a very narrow field in order to express distant clinical services like diagnosis and monitoring. One of the earliest and most famous examples of telemedicine that was hospital-based was established in the late 50s and early 60s between Nebraska Psychiatric Institute and Norfolk State Hospital for psychiatric consultations over a closed-circuit television link.
If it was any other time, the system would be useful only to people that live in rural areas. For example, some countrysides where there is a lack of transportation or the nearest counseling facility or clinic are unreachable because of the distance. Now, in this dire situation, all of us can find telehealth handy and useful.
How Can I Find Help?
The whole pandemic situation has created a problem with regard to getting access to mental health care that is needed. Social distancing, which is now international, leads to more people in need of support. Those that battle with depression and anxiety have a harder time receiving help in the old fashioned way. Even though things look gloomy, all is not as bad as it seems.
Thankfully, all around the country, telehealth has become popular more than ever and that shows promise, even if you live in a smaller city like Culver. So do not despair, a prominent therapist in Culver city on the West Coast can be found just as easy as in one of the boroughs of New York in the east.
So, with a simple phone call or an email, not only that it is possible to book a session with a counselor, or even reschedule the one that has already been made, it may be easier to open up and talk to someone then it was in a non-pandemic time.
Although it is not as easy for mental specialists to be there for patients by traditional means, now they are more than ever reachable by other means that rely on modern-day technology.
With all that is happening in the world right now, it is normal to have a need to talk to someone about it and those would be the ways of achieving the wanted goals. Very few of us want and are able to process this alone – and there’s no reason we should.