The Covid-19 Pandemic And Increased Anxiety

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Increased Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering increased anxiety – especially with such strong media attention.

Anxiety disorders and depression are just two of the many things a person could be experiencing during these hard times. Fortunately people can seek relief and improvement in their life quality through the aid of mental health professionals. 

However, the treatment’s success rate may vary according to the respective individual as some people respond to treatment after a few weeks or months while others may take longer. If people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from other co-existing conditions, treatment may take longer to achieve success. An experienced therapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment before designing an individualized treatment plan. 

There are many forms of treatment, where several approaches have proven to be effective in addressing anxiety disorders and depression: Medication, Residential Treatment, Complementary and Integrative Health, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) 

Types of Mental Health Care Professionals:

Mental health care professionals include psychiatrists, therapists, psychologists, counselors, or social workers. It is quite important to learn how to distinguish them.

Concerned About Cost?

A number of barriers to treatment remain. 

The first will be the feeling of shame, as the stigma of mental illness still prevents many from seeking professional help. 

The second barrier happens due to cost as patients often face financial constraints despite owning health insurance due to the expense of co-pays and high deductibles. 

For some people, the predicament of needing mental health treatment, but not being able to afford it is doubly shameful, and this avoids them from seeking the care they need.

But there are ways to obtain high-quality therapy for little or no cost. Patients should never let shame get in the way of wellness. Here are some tips that can be helpful to allow us to address our cost concerns to our mental health providers and suggestions on ways to attain free or discounted care.

1. Know that it is OK to talk about cost.

First and foremost, understand that cost is not a taboo subject. Money is a reality for both providers and patients, and people should feel comfortable discussing their ability to pay with therapists.

If you have concerns about cost, be direct and honest with your therapist. When you first call to make an appointment, ask the question and mention the insurance you have (if any). “do you take that insurance? If I can’t make my co-payment, then what do you do? What do you offer for people who don’t have the resources to pay your fee?”

This is very important. Even if talking about your ability (or inability) to pay may not be your favorite topic, but it is far better to have the conversation than avoid seeking care. Patients must shift their thinking to recognize that long-term wellness outweighs the brief discomfort of a conversation about cost. It’s about leaning into that discomfort and believing, “I deserve this.”

2. If a therapist won’t work with you on cost, find one who will.

If you ask a therapist about reduced-cost care and get an unsatisfactory answer, don’t take that “no” for your final answer. Just because one therapist won’t work with you on cost doesn’t mean that’s how all mental health facilities function. Ask the therapist if he or she has any recommendations for where you could receive free or low-cost care. Very rarely will a therapist just turn someone away with no guidance or referral.

3. Tap community resources.

If you are having trouble affording traditional psychotherapy, there are some low-cost alternatives that might meet your needs.

If you live near a university, call the graduate psychology department and ask if they have a counseling center for people in the community. These centers are typically staffed by graduate students who are learning to provide therapy, and the care is usually excellent and free or very low cost.

In the communities, there are crisis care services for people facing a mental health crisis. The specially-trained support staff will help over the phone, and may even come to homes to help through the crisis. Often, services include connecting people to affordable, appropriate care, and this can be a valuable resource for people who don’t know where to turn for assistance. ends

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