July 12, 2022

4 mins read

Teletherapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Game Changer

Anxiety disorders have gained a lot of attention in recent years, especially as the stigma surrounding these disorders has waned and more people are seeking help. While seeking help is a significant first step, there are still several barriers that remain. As a therapy provider, it is essential that you understand what can get in the way of anxiety disorder clients receiving adequate care and progressing effectively through their therapy. One solution to consider is teletherapy for anxiety disorders, which can help you deliver therapy to your clients in the comfort of their homes.

Anxiety Disorders and Their Barriers to Treatment

In general, teletherapy has extended the reach of therapy providers so that they can serve patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to care. For example, rural areas that do not have therapy providers or high-volume areas with long waitlists could have patients who need urgent care but cannot find it. A government study in 2019 found that of the 13.2 million U.S. adults with serious mental health conditions, nearly half had not received mental health treatment. This study went on to explain that teletherapy improved both the client and provider experience as well as the health of the U.S. population, all while decreasing costs.

Aside from geographical barriers to treatment, the nature of anxiety disorders can make it more difficult for a client to seek help. Similar to how clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder might not be able to attend appointments without the help of a support person, psychological disorders can prevent people from seeking out and receiving consistent help from a professional therapist. Anxiety disorders, which cause persistent feelings of dread sometimes attached to certain triggers, present a long list of barriers to treatment. Researchers have vigorously studied teletherapy as it has gained popularity, and many studies show it can help overcome these barriers.

Understanding the Barriers for Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a diagnosis given to clients who suffer from persistent anxiety interfering with their daily lives. Clients with GAD will find it difficult or even impossible to carry out daily activities and need assistance in breaking free from their heightened emotional responses to everyday situations. A change in routine or environment, or the presentation of a new experience, can trigger a serious response in these individuals that gets in the way of their ability to attend therapy appointments.

There are also more specialized anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder. If a client has social anxiety disorder, their feelings are triggered specifically in situations where they feel they are being watched or judged by other people. This fear can cause clients to avoid social interactions and situations, including visiting an office and attending appointments.

Further, anxiety disorders could be attached to specific phobias, such as the fear of leaving one’s home, crowds, transportation, and healthcare environments or professionals. These fears could be so extreme that they do not only affect the client when faced with that situation, but also at the thought of that situation possibly arising. All of these phobias would directly affect the client’s ability to attend appointments with an in-person therapist.

How Can Teletherapy Help Clients with Anxiety Disorders?

With an anxiety disorder, the idea of heading to an in-office appointment, sitting in a waiting room, and being in a room with a therapist can be overwhelming or even terrifying. Many people who suffer from anxiety may never seek help because they cannot overcome the fear of the unknown. Teletherapy presents a new option that brings mental health care to a familiar environment – it removes many of the barriers such as planning for an appointment, traveling to an office, seeing other people in a waiting room, and speaking to a therapist face-to-face.

Receiving telehealth services for mental health might not remove every stressor, but it will certainly remove the majority of the biggest barriers to treatment. Someone who suffers from social anxiety will be able to talk to a therapist one-on-one without seeing strangers or being in crowds. The increased feeling of anonymity, combined with the confidence boost that many people feel speaking to a screen rather than in person, can help clients to open up and build rapport with their therapist much quicker. Someone with a phobia of transportation won’t need to travel, and someone with a phobia of leaving their home will not have to leave it. Clients who have GAD will feel more in control, as they can avoid the stress of planning for the appointment, traveling, and bracing themselves for the unknown.

Markee: Made for Telehealth Services for Mental Health

Unlike other virtual communication platforms, Markee was built in the midst of an urgent need for immediate and simple remote office solutions. Born from the pandemic with virtual offices in mind, Markee offers a simple, user-friendly interface that captures all the features you need to provide services to your clients and keep operations running smoothly.

Customize your Markee interface with your practice’s branding, connect to your unique domain, and send clients direct, easy-to-read URLs to access their appointments. With the all-in-one dedicated chatroom, you can schedule and conduct HIPAA-compliant video appointments, send messages, and share files with clients and colleagues. Make your virtual practice inviting, comfortable, and simple so that clients with anxiety disorders feel empowered in their teletherapy journey.

Sign up for your 30-day free trial today to get started with Markee.