Mental healthcare is often an overlooked healthcare need when one receives a diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness. While the majority of COVID-19 cases are mild in terms of symptoms, the impact of a positive diagnosis can be significant on an individual’s mental health. Due to the contagious nature of the virus, even those who experience mild symptoms or are on track for a positive recovery may experience increased anxiety over fears of spreading the disease to vulnerable loved ones.
Social media and the news are flooded with reports of relatively healthy, young people who succumb to the virus, adding to the fear and worry of the unknown to those who test positive. Thus, it’s important to find proper support to help you or a loved one work through mental health issues. Fortunately, Harmony Bay Wellness offers thorough telehealth and mental healthcare therapy individuals need during this crisis.
COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH
It is unclear yet exactly what the outcome will be regarding COVID’s impact on mental health, but we do have some knowledge on the impact of trauma and it is clear that receiving a diagnosis of COVID-19 during this pandemic could be considered a traumatic event to many. To mitigate the potential long-term negative impact of trauma, the overall mental health and wellbeing of those diagnosed with even a mild form of COVID-19 should be assessed. Experiencing a traumatic event can have significant long-term impacts, including heightened stress and anxiety. From the research, we know that individuals who have access to support and quality mental healthcare following a traumatic event fair better and can reduce and, in some cases, even eliminate the negative impact of the experience.
HOW TELEHEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTHCARE WORK TOGETHER
The emergence of telehealth services has allowed mental health therapists and psychiatrists to provide immediate care to those individuals diagnosed or recovering from COVID-19. By hosting the mental health services over a video conferencing platform, therapists can address the anxieties of those in recovery from the virus while they are still recovering and without risking spread to themselves. These individuals are able to continue to stay at home, rest, and focus on getting well, all while still having the ability to process these fears and worries and develop a positive coping plan with a licensed professional. Nearly all of the telehealth and mental healthcare therapies we offer in-person with traditional face-to-face treatment can be accessed online. For instance, we provide clients the following:
- Depression therapy
- Anxiety therapy
- Grief counseling
- Panic attack/panic disorder therapy
- Insomnia therapy
- Couples counseling
- Family therapy
These therapies and treatments are just some of what we can provide. In many ways, telepsych health services can act as a preventative form of treatment for those experiencing distress due to COVID-19. Through this support, patients will be more likely to be able to return to their lives post-recovery without having developed significant mental health challenges. When individuals explore and embrace out telehealth services they are able to maintain positive mental health. Also, they are able to continue to work through issues they were dealing with prior to the pandemic.
HARMONY BAY WELLNESS
Even during this crisis, you or a loved one can find the support necessary if you need help dealing with mental health issues. Whether depression, anxiety disorders, stress reduction, or grief, our compassionate and experienced counselors and therapists have the skills to help you virtually. Online therapy is a convenient and accessible way to get the counseling you need. To learn more about telehealth services offered at Harmony Bay Wellness check out our Telehealth page. If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth appointment, you can call us at 855.765.6399.