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Online Mental Health Services

August 28, 2020 Read Time - 4 minutes

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Jennifer is a freelance writer in the Midwest who writes about a variety of topics but especially enjoys educating people about their health and the health of their pets.

Online Mental Health Services

Mental illness can be crippling, and reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. Luckily, mental health services like therapy, psychiatrist appointments and even primary care consultations are becoming available online.

If you’re too depressed to shower or too anxious to leave your home, you can now get mental health help conveniently. You don’t even have to make a phone call. Help is just a click away.

While PlushCare does not currently have psychiatrists, our online primary care physicians are highly trained to treat a variety of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. They can even prescribe medications (that aren’t classified as controlled substances) just like an online psychiatrist.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Benefits of Online Mental Health Services

Online mental health services offer a variety of benefits compared to in-person mental health services.


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No Need to Leave Home

The biggest benefit to online mental health services is that you don’t need to leave your home. Some mental illnesses can be crippling, and the thought of going to an appointment with a stranger is overwhelming.

Additionally, some people in rural areas have no nearby mental health services. People with physical limitations may also find it hard to leave home for treatment.

With online mental health services, you can have a phone or video appointment with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist. That helps remove one barrier to accessing mental health services.

Affordability

Mental health services can be extremely expensive, and some insurance plans don’t cover mental health services. Since online mental health providers don’t need to pay for office space, they can charge less for their services. Online mental health services are often much more affordable than in-person mental health help.

Convenience

With online mental health services, you can have the appointment whenever and wherever is comfortable for you. There is no need to take extra time off work to drive across town.

People in rural areas or who have a hard time leaving their home especially benefit from online mental health services. Online mental health services are available to people who may not otherwise get the help they need.

Reduced Stigma

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and getting care for mental health issues. With online mental health services, nobody needs to know you’re getting help; not even strangers in a waiting room.

Easier to Open Up

These days, most of us spend much of our lives online. As a result, it can be easier to open up to somebody on a screen than in person. There may be less worry about feeling judged when you’re not in the same room with someone.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Make an Appointment Now

Now with PlushCare, you can have an online appointment with a doctor. If they think you would benefit from an antidepressant or other psychiatric medication, they can send an electronic prescription to your pharmacy.

Getting started is easy. Just click here or call (888) 726-4082 to schedule a phone or video appointment.

It really is that easy to have an online appointment with a psychiatrist and get the medication you need. Dealing with mental illness is hard enough without having to drag yourself to an office appointment. If you have more questions email us at [email protected].

*Note: not all mental health conditions can be treated online.*


Note: PlushCare does not have online psychiatrists at this time. That said, our primary care physicians are able to prescribe mental health medications such as antidepressants, and if necessary can provide you with a referral to a psychiatrist.

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Dr. Adonis Saremi

Dr. Saremi completed his Master’s Degree (MS) in Applied Physiology and Medical Doctorate (MD) at the Chicago Medical School. He subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. When he’s not working, he enjoys time with his family and the outdoors.

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