Telemedicine Behavioral Health Clinic in St. Louis, MO
Telehealth has many possible advantages for treating behavioral health. At Success Health System, we offer behavioral health services via telemedicine at our St. Louis MO locations. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What does a telemedicine behavioral health clinic do?
Who is a good candidate for telemedicine?
What are the possible advantages of telemedicine for behavioral health?
Is telehealth therapy as effective as in-person therapy?
Whether you’re sick, busy, or feeling down, leaving the house or your responsibilities to go to an appointment with your psychiatrist can feel burdensome. Telemedicine is an effective solution in such circumstances, as it allows you to have an appointment with your psychiatrist or mental health therapist wherever you are. Learn more about telemedicine services in behavioral health clinics below!
A telemedicine behavioral health clinic is a mental health care facility that provides telemedicine services for patients dealing with behavioral and mental health conditions. The clinic may provide telemedicine services exclusively, or it may offer both telemedicine and in-person appointments.
Telemedicine services refer to a variety of different healthcare services that use telecommunications technology. The most common telemedicine healthcare service is live videoconferencing. In a behavioral health care clinic, live videoconferencing occurs whenever you have a virtual appointment with your psychiatrist or mental health care professional.
If you’ve never had a virtual appointment with a psychiatrist, doctor, or other health care professional, they work similarly to any video call you to make to friends or family, except that the video call is an appointment with your psychiatrist or other health care professional. These virtual appointments typically take place over a telehealth app that is securely encrypted in compliance with regulations laid out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), so your information remains private.
With that said, telemedicine behavioral health clinics can provide virtual diagnoses, treatment, and care for individuals dealing with different mental health conditions, such as:
• Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Anxiety disorders
• Bi-polar disorder I or II
• Borderline personality disorder
• Dissociative disorder
• Eating disorders
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Postpartum depression
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
• Substance use disorder (SUD)
In some cases, the diagnosis or treatment may require in-person treatment in addition to virtual telemedicine care. Moreover, some symptoms of mental health conditions require in-person treatment alone. For individuals who are dealing with suicidal thoughts or experiencing psychosis, an in-person appointment with a psychiatrist can provide much more appropriate care.
Telemedicine can be a great resource for many individuals and situations. Still, it is not always the best choice. As such, it’s worthwhile to know if you’re a good candidate for telemedicine and when it is the best choice. Here are some signs that you’re a good candidate for telemedicine:
• You live in a rural area
• You don’t require immediate medical help for your concern
• You’re having a busy day at work or home on the day of your appointment
• You lack ready access to transportation
• You have an injury or illness that influences your ability to leave the house
You’re having a difficult day and would feel better having the appointment in the comfort of your own home.
Telehealth has many possible advantages for treating behavioral health. Since you only need a secure internet connection and a private room, along with a computer, phone, or tablet to have a telemedicine appointment, one advantage is increased convenience and flexibility. You can have the appointment at home, in your office, or in another place that works well for you. The convenience and flexibility of telemedicine also allow you to access treatment easier.
Another possible advantage is affordability, as telemedicine services are often less expensive than in-person services. Besides being less expensive, you can also factor in reduced transportation costs and less time is taken off work to have the appointment, since you can have the appointment in your office, reducing travel time.
In the wake of COVID-19, many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of telehealth therapy in comparison with in-person therapy. A significant number of these studies have shown that telehealth therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy.
We’re proud to provide telemedicine services at our behavioral health clinic, Success Health Systems, in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’d like to learn more about our telemedicine services or want to make an appointment with one of our psychiatrists, please call us or schedule a consultation through our website! We serve patients from St. Louis MO, Creve Coeur MO, Independence MO, Olathe KS, Columbia MO, Craig KS, Spring Hill KS, Prathersville MO, Pierpont MO, Kirkwood MO, Kansas City MO, River Bend Mo & Beyond!