Thinking of telehealth to manage depression? Find out what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for Depression
Telehealth allows psychiatrists and therapists to care for people virtually over a phone call, text message, or most commonly, video chat.
Although some situations require an in-person visit, telehealth is a great option when you can't physically meet with your psychiatrist or therapist.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover telehealth visits just like in-person visits, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, even though you're not in the doctor's office, your private health information is still covered by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
You can't get all forms of treatment via telehealth, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)... but you can get prescription refills, quality care, and counseling, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- List any depression symptoms, such as mood changes, sleep disturbances, physical pain, or changes in appetite-including dates and severity- Note any side effects from your depression medications or therapies- Document any new stresses or recent life changes- Compile a list of your health conditions and medications- Write down any questions you have for your psychiatrist or therapist- Charge your computer or phone- Make sure your internet is reliable- Download any telehealth apps your specific provider may require- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:06-10-2020
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