Telepsychiatry: Virtual Psychiatric Services

Telepsychiatry: Virtual Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with your mental health and do not have the time or energy to make an appointment to see a psychologist in their office? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to receive help for your mental health without going to an in-person appointment? Telepsychiatry might be perfect for you.

Telepsychiatry is a virtual service that can provide you with psychiatric services from the comfort of your own home or any location you may be. At Dr. Messina & Associates, we have two compassionate psychiatrists who are licensed to provide telepsychiatry services to anyone living in Texas.

What is Telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is a telehealth service. Telehealth is a form of healthcare that is delivered virtually from a distance through videoconferencing on your computer or smartphone. Virtual psychiatric services include psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing conditions, patient education, follow-up care, psychotherapy, and medication management. 

Many psychiatrists are licensed to provide services virtually through telepsychiatry within their licensing state. Telepsychiatry is available for people of all ages, including children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. 

The Benefits of Telepsychiatry

There are many benefits of telepsychiatry: 

Telepsychiatry Vs. In-Person Psychiatry Services?

The only disadvantage of telepsychiatry is that you are not in the same room as your psychiatrist when you attend your appointment. While some people prefer being face-to-face with their psychiatrist, others do not mind. Some people may even prefer to have a virtual mental health appointment over an in-person appointment. 

Research shows that telepsychiatry services are equal to in-person services and that there is no sacrifice to the quality of care given.  If telepsychiatry is new to you, you can be assured that the quality of care you receive virtually will be the same as if you were in a face-to-face appointment. 

Is Telepsychiatry Effective?

Yes! Telepsychiatry is proven to be just as effective as virtual health care services. Research shows that the care you receive through telepsychiatry services is equal to in-person and that patients have been just as satisfied with their care. There is no difference in the quality of care, accuracy of diagnosis, or effectiveness of the treatment that you will receive.

Telepsychiatry is especially effective for patients seeking treatment for:

How does Telepsychiatry Work?

At Dr. Messina & Associates, we use a secure video chat program for telepsychiatry appointments. To set an appointment, all you need to do is call our office. You will receive an email link to the video chat program that you can use to attend your appointment. At the time of your appointment, click the link in the email that you received, and log on to the video chat on your computer or smartphone. You will be able to talk to and see your psychiatrist through video chat, and your appointment will go just the same as an in-person appointment. Your psychiatrist will evaluate your needs and provide the support that you need.

Is Telepsychiatry Safe and Secure?

You may be wondering if video conferencing your psychiatrist is safe and if your appointment will be private and confidential. You can rest assured that your virtual appointment is just as secure and confidential as an in-person appointment. It does not matter if your appointment is virtual or in-person. Your psychiatrist will follow the same code of ethics, and your information is protected under HIPAA.

Should I Make a Telepsychiatry Appointment?

Whether you have already seen a psychiatrist before or not, telepsychiatry appointments are available for you. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder, you may benefit from receiving psychiatric care through telepsychiatry. 

Some common signs or symptoms that you may need help from a psychiatrist include:

Getting Help

Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.

If you or a loved one are struggling with your mental health and would like to schedule a telepsychiatry appointment in Texas, call us to book an appointment today.

Author
Dr. Michael Messina

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