Medscape January 25, 2022
Ariel Gans

Lorraine Pereira’s mental health treatment has been in a state of limbo since August 2021.

That’s when the 23-year-old moved from Iowa to California for a research assistant position at the University of California, San Francisco. That’s also when she began seeing her longtime Iowa-based therapist via online video.

Now, every month, she wonders if expiring pandemic declarations and state laws will force her to end this long-term, and beneficial, relationship with the only therapist she’s ever had.

Pandemic Fuels Telehealth Growth

Telemedicine exploded during the pandemic, and perhaps no other specialty showed how well it can work than mental health treatment.

Telepsychiatry increased from 7% of appointments to 85.5% between January and May 2020. During that time, all 50...

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