Tips for Transitioning to Telepsychiatry

In March 2020, no one knew that, collectively, we would experience a worldwide pandemic. and experience an explosion in mental health conditions due to the unprecedented lockdowns, loss, and loneliness. We all experienced it. 

Thankfully I had a lot of experience with telepsychiatry before the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve been treating patients virtually for over 15 years and prior to the pandemic about 30 percent of my clinical work was via telemedicine. 

When the pandemic started, I knew everyone was transitioning to teletherapy. So, I recorded this short video with Medscape in March 2020, offering some guidance on how best to navigate this new world: exclusively telepsychiatry and teletherapy. Clinicians are doing our best to navigate this new phenomenon so I hope you find some of this helpful, whether you are a patient, client, or clinician. 

The good news is that teletherapy seems to be as effective as in person visits. The data even shows this. There certainly are some differences. I find some patients are more comfortable digitally and more open about some subjects and other people take a while to get used to the format. 

Watch this short video for some of my initial recommendations on telepsychiatry. 

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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