Should You Consider Telehealth for Your Anxiety?

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Telehealth is a branch of medicine that has been around for quite a few decades now. It is nothing new, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years due to improvements in technology and the advent of cell phones.

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Telehealth is a unique form of healthcare that allows people to receive medical assistance over the phone. By doing this, you are able to create a much more accessible schedule, you are able to reach doctors when you might not otherwise be able to, and you may save money.

In this article we’re going to discuss whether or not telehealth can be useful for helping people work through their anxiety. Once you’ve finished the article, you’ll be informed enough to make a decision as to whether or not this is an appropriate choice for you or your loved ones.

How Does Telehealth Work?
Telehealth is an interesting concept that takes advantage of the telephone. Anyone with a telephone service is able to reach a telehealth service. Depending on the type of telehealth that you are connecting to, you may be eligible to take advantage of different services.

  • The majority of telehealth companies are primarily doctor-based. That means that they are easily able to help diagnose you with mild-to-moderate medical conditions.
  • Many telehealth companies are able to prescribe medication over the phone. They do this by phoning the prescription to a local pharmacy where you can then pick it up.
  • Telehealth companies are able to answer general questions about ailments, diseases, and medical conditions.
  • Some telehealth companies also have a psychological or psychiatric section where you will be able to reach a psychologist or therapist to help you work through mental health problems.

As you can see, there are a number of conveniences available to someone who wants to pursue telehealth and an alternative means of seeking assistance for both mental and physical health problems.

Should I Use Telehealth For Anxiety? 
One might wonder if you should use telehealth to help manage a psychological problem like anxiety. There are a number of potential benefits and drawbacks to this approach.

Pros:

  • Many people have anxiety that is so serious that they are not able to leave their homes. In this case, telehealth may be an appropriate solution to help work them through the basics.
  • People with social anxiety or phobia may also not be keen to go see a therapist in person, so telehealth could help them.
  • People who are physically unable to get to a therapist, or who don’t live in the same area as any therapists, may want to use telehealth to help treat their anxiety.

Cons:

  • Some people believe that the lack of face-to-face communication with a therapist is actually a barrier to the improvement of mental health.
  • The very act of going to seek a therapist and meeting with them in person can actually help people improve their anxiety.

Whatever the situation with the individual is, there’s no doubt that telehealth can be useful for helping to diagnose and treat anxiety. One study followed a number of people with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) who had developed anxiety and depression as a result.

While the study primarily reported the effects of telehealth on depression, patients were reportedly feeling quite a bit better afterwards. It’s likely that telehealth could be useful for diagnosing anxiety.

Conclusion
Depending on your desired outcome, telehealth may or may not be useful. Some telehealth companies offer both psychologists and psychiatrists, who are most likely to prescribe you medication. If you would like to take a holistic approach to anxiety and deal with it through therapy, in-office therapy may be more useful.

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