The Care You Need—When, Where, and How You Need It
Anxiety. Depression. Loneliness. Fear. Stress.
As Americans are being asked to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s taking a devastating toll on our mental health. At Amen Clinics, we are seeing skyrocketing numbers of people seeking help for anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other issues.
Some patients who have been enhancing their brain health and successfully treating their psychiatric conditions for years are seeing old demons flare up again. And people who have generally enjoyed good psychological health are experiencing angst they have never faced before and are looking for solutions.
Our clinics remain open and will continue to do so to serve our patients. But how can you get the help you need if you’re concerned about leaving your home? Telehealth and video therapy sessions allow you to connect with one of our expertly trained board-certified physicians and functional medicine specialists from the comfort of your own home.
How Amen Clinics Mental Telehealth & Video Therapy Can Help You Now
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If you’ve been reluctant to seek treatment, this is one of the easiest ways to give it a chance. And it’s one of the most comfortable for you. You can be in your coziest chair with a mug of your favorite tea and your dog or cat on your lap to make you feel more at ease. At Amen Clinics, we are seeing many new patients via video conference to help them deal with their fears and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic.
No need to leave home.
With telehealth and video therapy, you can still meet with your Amen Clinics psychiatrist or functional medicine specialist in the comfort of your own home. We have many patients whose kids are staying home from school now, so they aren’t able to get away to visit the clinic. They are so grateful to be able to connect on a video conference call so they can still keep an eye on the kids.
Our society still stigmatizes people with mental health issues, which prevents far too many people from seeking the help they need. With telehealth, you have complete privacy. It’s just you and your healthcare professional.
We would all love to have more time. With video therapy sessions, there’s no commute, no need to find a parking spot, and no time spent in waiting rooms.
People who live in rural areas or who would have to travel for an appointment can have access to world-class psychiatric care and functional medicine specialists. Research shows this can be particularly helpful for children with ADD/ADHD who live in rural areas and wouldn’t normally have access to care.
Being able to check in with your psychiatrist allows you both to discuss the effectiveness of your treatment plan and make adjustments if necessary. This can be critically important during anxious or stressful times when people may be more tempted to fall back into old habits that are bad for brain health and mental wellbeing. I recently had a follow-up session with a patient this week who was worried about traveling to the clinic. We were able to make some adjustments to her treatment plan online, and she emailed me a few days later to say she was already feeling better.
Alleviate fears and anxiety about coronavirus.
Anxiety levels are through the roof right now and being able to have a therapy session from home is proving to be a real comfort for people who are struggling with the fears and stress surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Although our psychiatric clinics are open and we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of exposure for patients and staff, you may still have concerns. We are finding that this is especially common among patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders. With digital meetings, these fears are virtually eliminated.
See your psychiatrist even if you are ill.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for the virus, or if you have a common cold or flu bug, you may be even more scared. You can still get the mental health help you need without exposing others to these viral infections. Research shows that acute upper respiratory infections, such as the cold or flu, can be destabilizing for people with mood disorders, so it is even more important to seek help when you’re under the weather.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, or other mental health issues, you aren’t alone—45% of Americans say the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their mental health. Just because you’re sheltering at home doesn’t mean you have to wait for the pandemic to be over before seeking help. In fact, during these uncertain times, your mental well-being is more important than ever and waiting to get treatment is likely to make your symptoms worsen over time.
At Amen Clinics, we’re here for you. We offer mental telehealth, remote clinical evaluations, and video therapy for adults, children, and couples, as well as in-clinic brain scanning to help our patients. Find out more by speaking to a specialist today at 888-288-9834. If all our specialists are busy helping others, you can also schedule a time to talk.