09 Mar Online Therapy (Telehealth) in a Pandemic -The New Norm in Abnormal Times
Technology, along with the improved range of wellness options has increased the ability for people to take more control over how they want to feel in their lives—including the full spectrum of emotional and mental health needs. Growing lifestyle demands, coupled with work schedules, school pick-ups, and drop-offs, let alone things like physical access issues makes online therapy a versatile option at any time. This is especially true during the current pandemic when we are confined to our homes and when all manner of morbid and disabling symptoms are manifested: anxiety, depression, stress, obsessive behavior, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, sleep disturbance, social withdrawal, appetite disturbance, difficult and abusive relationships, parenting issues, coping with loneliness, managing grief, character disorders, sexual abuse, gender identity, the entire gamut of mental distress.
Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Finding a therapist used to mean receiving a referral or recommendation, then scheduling an appointment, getting dressed, and fighting traffic. For someone struggling with depression or anxiety, facing relationship challenges, or already juggling a hectic schedule, each of these steps can act as a barrier to accessing therapy.
Online therapy promises rapid access and no need to get dressed or leave the house. Communicate with your therapists as often as you want and whenever you feel it’s needed. Help is available at your time and your place.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced millions of us to isolate ourselves, often within the same house. The more proactive your approach to mental health, the more you will be able to combat anxiety, cope with difficult times and increase your happiness when good times return, instead of having to make up for lost time in therapy, with possible setbacks and reversals It’s still unclear what the future of mental health care will be in a world where self-isolation might last months and the only way we can connect with others is via a digital device but I am confident that this therapeutic format has a brilliant future. It`s perfectly understandable that you are beset by existential fear of a troubled present and a looming future.
Help is just a click away.