The worries over not enough ventilators, not enough ICU beds, not enough testing kits may yet add another worry to the list: not enough help for the psychological, psychiatric, and mental health collateral damage from the virus.
The direct effects on persons with COVID-19 are now famous: fever, cough, aches and pains, trouble breathing and shortness of breath, pneumonia, and even death. Hand-in-hand are collateral crises, such as the devastation to local businesses, national chains, their employees, and the entire world economy. In this global pandemic, everything is globally connected. The disease doesn’t stop at the lungs, but pervades every aspect of our lives—medical, economic, fiscal, social…
Mental impact from COVID-19
If you’re getting stir crazy hunkered down in your home, this was quite predictable—because it’s normal. We are social creatures. We need contact to realize our comradery with others. Contact is not only necessary for the giving of ourselves to others, but in the receiving of help from others.
Among the entire sequestered nation are those who are more fragile than others. These are persons who rely on interaction with others for their stability and consistent balance amid unexpected surprises. Mental illness is a struggle, from compulsive behavior and depression to overt schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts. Thus, adding isolation is much more than merely compounding the suffering from isolation: it can actually advance the disease of mental illness.
The cruel sabotage of COVID-19
Interaction is so crucial to the treatment of mental illness. Consider the therapy that relies on it:
- Sessions with one’s psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker
- Group meetings and support groups
- Support of family
- Support of friends
- Community resources
Now consider what happens to these safeguards against mental conditions with isolation. Consider, for example, the person recovering from substance abuse disorder, who relies on the above supports while the addiction keeps whittling away at the weakest link in his or her chain.
How teletherapy keeps the support mechanisms intact
We live in an age of crystal-clear audio and video, in real time, which is inexpensive and therefore available to anyone. COVID-19 has taken telehealth, once dismissed as a novelty by the established players, to a new level of relevance. It is now not only considered legitimate, but it is now also considered the very future of medicine.
If there’s one good thing to come out of the pandemic, it’s making health care available, universally, like in no other time in history via telehealth and it’s now doing to the same for teletherapy
The pros and cons of telehealth and teletherapy
The only con was is in a world without things like COVID-19, it was thought to be just as easy to go to a doctor without the worry of contagion. We now know that wasn’t true and unfortunately, we don’t live in that world anymore, which leaves us with just the pros, because the alternative is no health care at all at the ambulatory level.
Think how much better tele-visits with a health care professional are, compared with NO visit.
Think how crucial teletherapy is to the brittleness of those suffering from mental conditions, compared with isolation from all one’s support mechanisms.
Think how life-saving teletherapy can be to recovering substance abuse victims, who—left completely on their own—may end up with a much worse outcome, compared with no contact with and by their therapeutic help.
Think how much telehealth and teletherapy advances healthcare when patients are now able to see a doctor without physically going to his or her office.
Revolution becomes evolution
Before the pandemic, telehealth was novel, innovative and revolutionary, something to fight. It struggled in an uphill fight against bureaucratic regulators, government agencies, and insurance payors. But was it really the future? Those with a stake in telehealth thought so.
Now we know.
The revolution was just a romantic notion: telehealth is not a revolution that needs to be fought against, but the natural evolution of health care, ranging from the common cold to the worst of mental conditions.
HealthPoint Plus amidst the evolution
Before the acceptance of this evolution we are now witnessing today, HealthPoint Plus began in the revolution; this puts it several steps ahead of everyone else now that telehealth has become evolution. We have already partnered with doctors for the physical aspects of health, but we have also already partnered with doctors and other health care professionals for the mental health considerations that must never be ignored.
We “got it” before everyone else. And we have it for you when needed, one Internet connection away. Easy, effective, and affordable…and here to stay. In today’s world—all pros, no cons.
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This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.