Today I want to share a great option for those of you who, like me, have been searching for a way to see a doctor or therapist without actually leaving your house. Let’s be honest, most of us are short on time these days. Whether we’re working moms trying to do it all or stay-at-home-moms who barely get time for a private bathroom break, our schedules are pretty much booked solid. We have very little wiggle room for things like sick days and doctor’s visits.
Therapy appointments are even harder! I have anxiety disorder. I was seeing a therapist regularly for it, which helped to an extent. Then I started to get more stressed out because the time commitment was just too much. Between driving there and back, and the hour “on the couch,” there were days when it caused me more anxiety to talk about my anxiety. I also found that sometimes I didn’t have much to say because I was feeling fine on those days, while other times I was having panic attacks in the middle of the week and needed to talk through them right away.
See a Doctor or Therapist 24 Hours a Day with Amwell
When I first heard about Amwell, I was really excited to try it out. It’s the nation’s largest telehealth company, featuring real, board-certified and licensed doctors, psychologists and dieticians. Someone is always available for immediate and live visits online every hour of the day. You can visit using your desktop or mobile device.
A few cool things about Amwell that really stand out:
- It’s the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association
- The first telehealth platform to integrate with Apple’s Health App
- It’s also the ONLY serice that let’s YOU pick which doctor you want to see for an on-demand visit
You can use Amwell for general medical conditions, like minor illnesses and injuries. If you have a cough that’s concerning you or wake up with what you think could be pinkeye, it’s easy to hop on with an Amwell doctor and get it checked. Doctors can even prescribe basic medications, like antibiotics and certain pain medications. They can’t prescribe anything that needs a written prescription (controlled classes of medications, like narcotic pain relievers and benzodiazepines).
Using Amwell is easy. Choose your state when you sign up so you’ll have access to the right board-certified doctors. It’s available in 46 states right now! Once you’re in, decide whether you need a physician, psychologist or dietitian. You’ll see all the doctors available for your needs. Click on each one to read a little about them and decide which is right for you.
I primarily use Amwell for the on-call therapy. Finding and connecting to a therapist takes just minutes. Once I’m connected, I can talk my heart out about what is bothering me at any given time. I get the same quality ear and advice that I would get from an in-person session, except I can do it from the comfort of my own couch.
I can’t tell you how valuable it is to know that someone is always that close by when I need them. Living with anxiety disorder is rough at times. I’ve been dealing with it for over two decades, so I have a lot of tricks to cope. Still, there are times when I can feel myself spinning into a massive panic attack and need someone to talk me down.
The doctors and therapists at Amwell have an average of 15 years’ experience, so you can feel confident seeing them. You’d think all this convenience would come at a higher price tag, but it doesn’t. Amwell offers a $49 physician visit, versus an average $82 for first-time in-office visits. It’s a great option for college students or those between insurance.
With Amwell, you don’t have to diagnose yourself anymore. You also don’t have to wait a week to talk to someone when you need advice now.