Telemedicine offers convenient remote access to health care from your home or workplace. Ella Williamson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, at Druid City Wellness Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, can treat most mental health disorders via telemedicine, including depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You can also get help for emotional problems such as low self-esteem and challenging experiences like a job loss or the death of someone close. Call Druid City Wellness Center for more information, or request a telemedicine consultation online today.
Telemedicine or telehealth uses secure internet connections to provide remote health care services. Instead of visiting Druid City Wellness Center in person, you log in to a virtual waiting room and talk to your therapist using a video link.
Telemedicine services must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations to ensure your data remains confidential. You can therefore feel confident that telemedicine consultations are as secure as in-person visits.
Telemedicine is particularly useful for people with mental health problems and emotional challenges. When you feel too anxious to go out or barely have the energy to rise from your bed because of severe depression, telemedicine is a lifeline. You don’t have to suffer the stress of leaving home, just stay in your safe place and get the help you need.
Telemedicine also has several other benefits:
If you work or have caring responsibilities, it can be difficult to arrange cover for the time it takes to travel, wait, have your appointment, and return. With telemedicine, you only need to cover the time it takes to talk with your therapist.
If you live far from Druid City Wellness Center, don’t have easy access to transport, or have mobility problems, telemedicine makes life significantly easier.
In-person visits incur costs like child care coverage, lost work, and transportation expenses. Telemedicine costs considerably less per appointment, which can add up to a fair amount if you need regular therapy sessions.
Going out exposes you to other people’s germs, but staying in for a telemedicine appointment prevents infections like colds and flu from spreading.
You can access the same services using telemedicine as you can in person, including:
Sometimes you might need a blood or other test — for example, to check your drug levels if you have substance use disorder or to measure levels of the mood stabilizer lithium. These require an in-person visit, and there may occasionally be other reasons why you need to see your therapist face-to-face. But for most purposes, telemedicine is ideal.
Call Druid City Wellness Center to learn more about telemedicine or request an appointment online today.