Reading Behavioral Heath Center, Inc. (RBHC) is currently providing “Emergency Telehealth Sessions” due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Many individuals in the community are concern about their current experience with symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other preexisting mental health conditions. We understand that increase of stress can lead to worsen current preexisting conditions. Remember that you are not alone! At RBHC we care about you!
The term “telehealth” refers to health care services that is delivered through a variety of media which allow the real time interactions through telephone or video calls, rather than through face-to-face meetings between patients and providers (counselors or psychiatrist).
According with Durland, Interian, Pretzer-Aboff, and Dobkin (2014) a recent randomized controlled trial, telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), was associated with significant reductions in depressive symptoms. The telephone management (symptom monitoring and support) of depressive symptoms, as well as telephone management plus telephone CBT, were associated with positive outcomes in treatment for mental health conditions. Many such treatments utilize a CBT approach, perhaps in part because the emphasis of CBT on the collection and analysis of data relating to patients’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is well suited to a computerized treatment setting (Durland, Interian, Pretzer-Aboff, and Dobkin, 2014).
Individuals with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and pay attention to new or worsening symptoms. If the stress gets in the way of your daily activities, you should contact a mental health provider. Also, get informed and share accurate information about the COVID-19, this will help you to understand the facts and actual risks.
For more information about the COVID-19, we encourage our community to visit the following website: www.cdc.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Durland, L., Interian, A., Pretzer-Aboff, I., & Dobkin, R. D. (2014). Effect of telehealth-to-home interventions on quality of life for individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders. Smart Homecare Technology and TeleHealth, 2, 105-119.
Reading Behavioral Health Center, Inc
40 South 5th Street
Reading, PA 19602
610-374-7035 & Fax 610-374-2508