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What is Telepsychiatry and
The 3 Benefits of Scheduling a Session

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Psychiatry is focused on diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders. A typical session with a psychiatrist usually involves one-on-one meeting where you get to talk and discuss things among yourselves to improve your mental wellbeing.

However, not everyone has the luxury of meeting with a psychiatrist because of several reasons. Some of these reasons include not having the time to meet one or the lack of availability of a professional nearby because they are in a remote area.

A perfect solution to this problem is Telepsychiatry. Let’s learn more about telepsychiatry and discuss several benefits of scheduling a session for yourself and others.

What is Telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry as the name implies is an application of psychiatry through telecommunication. This essentially removes the face-to-face aspect that a regular session is conducted with as it is replaced with other delivery methods such as videoconferencing.

Even if the session is not conducted face-to-face, you can still expect to get the same results as if you were there.

Telepsychiatry has become one of the most promising and effective methods of providing mental health care. It also comes with several benefits when compared to the regular practice for psychiatry.

Telepsychiatry is Highly Accessible

One of the problems with most health care systems is the lack of accessibility and availability. For people who live in highly urbanized areas, getting access to health care is simple and easy since you don’t have to look hard for one. However, this is entirely different if you live far from the city or live in a rural area where health care services, particularly mental health services, are difficult to find which deters people from getting the help they need.

The main advantage of telepsychiatry is the accessibility of service you get as you can easily schedule an appointment in your own home at your most preferred time. Telepsychiatry allows for health care to reach a wider scope and area without having to worry about any delays for care. You also don’t need anything too complicated since you only need a laptop or smartphone with a stable internet connection. The accessibility of telepsychiatry is already a big advantage over regular practice.

Telepsychiatry is Convenient

Another big advantage that comes with telepsychiatry is the convenience you get with the service. Compared to the normal face-to-face sessions where you have to follow a strict schedule since you can only have your session during business hours which can conflict with your schedule. The time constraints with when you start and end the session will cause you to miss out on other important events and responsibilities you have to do for the day.

Telepsychiatry is more convenient compared to regular sessions since you have the option to schedule your sessions after regular business hours as well as have it done in the convenience of your own home. Additionally, you wouldn’t have to wait too long for your appointment as most health centers have wait timers that can go on for days or weeks.

Telepsychiatry is Cost-Efficient

Another benefit that telepsychiatry has over its regular counterpart is that it is more cost-efficient. The reason why telepsychiatry is more cost-efficient is that you only have to pay for the session without having to pay extra fees that comes with meeting 1-on-1. Examples of these extra costs are your transportation, food and even some hospital costs which are part of meeting face-to-face.

Furthermore, it is easier to schedule and attend any follow-up or check-up sessions that are essential with the healing process of psychiatry. It also allows for emergency assessments because of the availability that telepsychiatry brings.


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