When I had my newest little bundle of joy, I went through some scary complications. After her birth, we were both okay, but I kept reliving flashbacks of the surgery when I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia and couldn’t breathe. It made my heart race every time. There were times I couldn’t allow my thoughts to wander because my mind would go right to it. I kept the television on or would read a book or would keep busy with taking care of my kids just so I could avoid the anxiety. But, it didn’t work because sometimes it would just hit me like a ton of bricks, and I’d feel panicky.
Anxiety disorders affect more than 42 million Americans including busy moms with babies and young children. We always hear about postpartum depression, but postpartum anxiety is also a real issue for many women. It definitely was an issue for me.
Getting Help with Postpartum
I knew I was having a problem, so I tried finding a doctor or therapist to help me. However, there were hardly any on my insurance plan nearby. The ones I did find didn’t have any openings for months. This is a common problem for many people looking for help. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, more than 96 Million Americans live in areas where there are shortages of mental health providers.
One thing that held me back from initially looking for help was I knew how time consuming visits would be with travel and childcare since you usually need to have regular appointments with a therapist. Then, I learned my insurance covered virtual care through telehealth apps.
Virtual care is perfect because it helps moms with all these issues with via phone, web and downloadable apps. I was able to find appointments available immediately, and often they had a wide range of times from weekends and even at night. I realized it was doable with my husband watching the kids at night.
If you’re a busy mom who rarely has time for yourself, Teladoc is the go-to way to receive quality behavioral health care, whenever, wherever. It’s available anytime, 24/7, and on your terms like the comfort of your home. You could even go out to the minivan for total quiet and privacy while your husband watches the kids inside.
Finding the right care is very personal and not a one-size-fits-all. That’s why you can count on Teladoc to give you choices and help you find a licensed therapist or board-certified psychiatrist who you’re most comfortable with. Plus, there is continuity of care, so that you can speak to the same person throughout your course of care. Plus, all visits are confidential and can be done where you are most comfortable because trust and safety are cornerstones of Teladoc services.
It’s easy to get started.
Register through the Teladoc website or mobile app where you can easily complete your medical history. Next, you’ll request a visit and select your therapist via the app, web, or phone. Once you schedule your visit, you’ll complete your Emotional Health Questionnaire.