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How To Manage Your Patients’ Holiday Depression With Telehealth

It is December, and Christmas is fast approaching, but what may be a season of merriment for most people can be a time of emotional distress for many. For some people the holidays can be a source of stress and depression. Especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the everyday lives of people and restricting their activities, telehealth plays a big role in getting patients the help they need.

There are various factors that can cause depression during the holidays such as stress and isolation. Christmas can bring forth feelings of expectations along with insecurities. Some patients may feel that they are expected to be jovial during the season even when they are not. The end of the year is also a time when many people think of their finances and success or failure at work. Family tensions can attribute to stress and feelings of isolation. Even more patients may be feeling the effects of isolation this year due to the movement and gathering restrictions brought forth by COVID-19.

A way of coping with these symptoms is to connect, with family or healthcare professionals. Telehealth can help your patients stay connected. Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) provides mental health professionals the ability to check in with their patients efficiently and securely. Telehealth lets you practice medicine from anywhere and allows you to schedule consultations at your convenience. GTHE has in-built functions to assist physicians give their patients high quality care, even during the holidays.

Using GTHE, not only can physicians work their practice schedules into the holidays and stay connected with their patients, but also create Care.Groups. The Care.Groups feature allows you to easily organize your patients into groups according to your custom configurations such as by severity, conditions, and level of risk. Doctors can also send their patients “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) cards to check in with their patients. These HAYFT cards can be automatically scheduled and easily configured to be customized to the needs of the physician and patient.

GTHE offers many benefits to providers including:

With GTHE Providers can connect with their patients seamlessly and provide a better remote standard of care. If you’d like access to global patients and expand your medical practice without investing in expensive software, visit the GTHE website and sign up now.

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