What is telepsychiatry?
Telepsychiatry involves the use of technology, such as a phone, computer, or tablet, to communicate mental health concerns with your psychiatrist.
It may be beneficial for people who want to talk with their psychiatrist from the comfort of their home, but also provides a way for you to receive prompt help for your mental health. If you have a compromised immune system, it might also prevent your risk of contracting illness from others.
What are the benefits of telepsychiatry?
Some of the benefits you can experience by choosing telepsychiatry with Dr. Messina & Associates include:
• No office wait times
• No exposure to sick patients
• Time and cost savings
You receive the same exceptional care with telemedicine as you do during in-person visits with the providers at Dr. Messina & Associates. They ensure strict patient privacy during and after each virtual appointment.
How does telepsychiatry work?
During your scheduled telepsychiatry appointment, a provider from Dr. Messina & Associates calls you. They review your medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. Your provider then personalizes treatments based on your mental health goals and lets you know what to expect.
During follow-up telepsychiatry appointments with your provider, you can discuss your progress and any side effects you experience while taking medication. You can also schedule in-person visits for additional treatment sessions as needed.
What telepsychiatry services are available?
Dr. Messina & Associates offers the following telepsychiatry services:
• Initial psychiatric evaluation
• Ongoing psychiatric medication management for mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and insomnia
You can also chat virtually with your psychiatrist before and after your in-office visits for further
mental health support.
How do I prepare for my telepsychiatry appointment?
There is no advance preparation required for your telepsychiatry appointment. However, it might be beneficial to find a quiet place where you will discuss with your provider at Dr. Messina & Associates about your mental health concerns.
You might also find it beneficial to write a list of questions and issues that you’d like to discuss, so you don’t forget to address them at your appointment.
To find out more about the benefits of telepsychiatry, call Dr. Messina & Associates today or book an appointment online.