LAS VEGAS (CBS) — The novel coronavirus outbreak is causing stress and anxiety. People are concerned about going to stores, doctor’s offices, and therapist offices as the United States tries to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Telemedicine and meditations apps are becoming a popular way to cope with the coronavirus as well as manage other mental health conditions.
Neil Leibowitz is the Chief Medical Officer of TalkSpace which provides psychiatric care and therapy through video-based appointments and text messaging. Apps like Talkspace and Betterhelp are seeing big increases in people accessing their sites for care.
Their anxiety is really at an elevated, heightened peak, so telehealth really can serve and help mitigate this problem by opening access, making therapists available to clients in their time of need from the comfort and convenience of their home,” said Neil Leibowitz, Chief Medical Officer, TalkSpace.
Leibowitz says clients are fearful about getting the coronavirus and protecting their families. Financial anxiety is also weighing very heavily on them.
Mindfulness and meditation can also help at this stressful time. The popular app HeadSpace says its providing free subscriptions to healthcare workers for the rest of the year to help them cope with rising stress levels and burnout.
Experts say supporting yourself is even more important now than ever. They suggest making time to unwind and doing activities you enjoy.
Prior to this, America is really going through a mental health crisis. Anxiety has been at an all-time high, depression has been at an all-time high, suicide rates are up and when you superimpose this pandemic, it increases and elevates the fear even more. So people really need to take self- care,” said Neil Leibowitz, Chief Medical Officer, TalkSpace,
Eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep is also key. If you find that stress from all of this is getting in the way of your daily activities for several days, call your healthcare provider.
While many online therapy apps charge for services, you can check with your human resources department or insurance company to see if they cover telemedicine mental health services.