The doctor will Skype you now: Online counseling goes high tech

Telepsychiatry visits have increased access to mental healthcare, particularly in rural areas. Now, medical schools and teaching hospitals are including instruction in the nuances of conducting effective online visits. After several sessions with a patient who suffered from severe depression and anxiety, psychiatrist Dr. Larry Merkel was confident the patient was making progress. But it wasn’t until she gathered her kids in front of the camera to meet him that he understood how much their sessions meant to her.



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