Technology has undeniably revolutionized the way we live our day-to-day lives. We have instant access to more information than we could fathom. We can easily connect with long lost friends, make a quick phone call from wherever we may be, or find a product we want and order it within the span of a few minutes. Yet, despite how simplistic technology has made some tasks, it has also led many to be busier than ever.
With a smartphone always in hand and a laptop or tablet never far away, Americans are tethered to work. In fact, research shows that 60 percent of workers who use smartphones are connected to their jobs for an astounding 13 hours per day. Add to this the increasingly scheduled lifestyle of families with children, an abundance of homework, appointments, and extracurricular activities, and it’s easy to make the connection. However, this same technology that may be adding to the workload, could also help reduce stress.
Improving Mental Health with Technology
Just as Americans are more connected and harder working than ever before, they are also more stressed. Depression and anxiety are on a steady rise, with the percentage of American adults who report feeling “extreme stress” jumping from 18 to 24 percent in a single year. And yet, overwhelming work hours and hectic schedules keep many from seeking the help they need, locking them into a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, in our advanced technological age, accessing mental health care isn’t nearly as complicated as it once was. Those laptops, tablets, and smartphones not only keep us more connected to work, they can keep patients more connected with their psychiatrist as well.
Many psychiatrists, recognizing the need for continued care despite busy lifestyles, now offer telepsychiatry as part of their services. Allowing patients to receive the care they need, regardless of their location.
Benefits of Telepsychiatry
The benefits of telepsychiatry are numerous and make it well worth consideration in addition to traditional appointments. Among the reasons to pursue telepsychiatry as a patient are:
- Accessible from virtually anywhere
- No need to rearrange your day to accommodate driving to and from an appointment
- Same levels of privacy and access to medical records as traditional appointments
- Comfortable and familiar for younger patients who frequently use technology
- Allows patients to remain in a comfortable setting such as their home
Furthermore, patients who already use telepsychiatry are reporting that they are pleased with the service and are finding it to be effective.
So, if a hectic schedule, overwhelming personal tasks, or distance are preventing you from seeking the care that you need, consider telepsychiatry as a viable option. For patients of Psychiatry Associates of Baton Rouge, these services are available. Wondering if you would qualify? Give us a call at (225) 769-7575, where we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.