As many people are feeling the stresses of life in 2022 (financial pressures, an election year, recent increases in illnesses, and just life!) there has never been as many virtual options for mental wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic shaped virtual healthcare forever, and today we find ourselves with many options for Telehealth services for mental health care. According to a 2021 poll by the American Psychiatric Association that surveyed 1,000 adults, six in 10 Americans say they would use telehealth services for mental health care. This acceleration in both desire and need has resulted in numerous options for care.
So, how do I set up an appointment? Where should I look? A recent article by Forbes describes the top options, and dives into great detail to answer the most common questions regarding online therapy.
If you or someone you know is interested in talking to someone, start here and be sure to reach out to your primary care doctor. Many primary care doctors have connected their patients to online providers, as it can be extremely challenging to see a therapist as a new patient.
Lastly, if you prefer an in-person experience or if you look for care virtually, be sure to include Social Workers and Psychologists in your search rather than only looking for Psychiatrists. These professionals are trained to meet your needs, however they cannot prescribe medications (but can connect you to a doctor if needed).
Jonah Chazin is a 4th year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine, currently applying for residency into Radiology. He graduated with Honors from Boston University in 2017 in Human Physiology. He is passionate about caring for others, promoting wellness, and advocating for his patients. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and wife, Emma, and is expecting his first child this spring! He loves playing golf, throwing the football with his dad, and watching Liverpool FC. He is an avid sneaker collector and enthusiast, and has already begun a collection for his baby!