How can tele-psychiatry help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in tele-psychiatry. Some of the benefits you will achieve include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek help
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage or at work
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What will be included in my tele-psychiatry program?
Because each person has different issues and goals for seeking help with their behavioral and mental health problems, each approach will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous session. Depending on your specific needs, treatment can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your practitioners.
It is also important to understand that you will get more results from your sessions if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of tele-psychiatry is to help you bring what you learn in each session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in each session, your psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals including being correct in taking any medications. People seeking psychiatric help for their behavioral or mental issues are usually ready to make positive changes in their lives, and open to new perspectives such as accepting responsibility for their life's issues.
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause can greatly be enhanced through the use of medication. Thus, instead of just treating the symptom, added tele-psychiatry addresses the cause of one's distress and the behavior patterns that curb an individual's progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your Psychiatrist and/or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and tele-psychiatry is the right course of action.