Working with Your Primary Care Doctor

Jane contacted her primary care physician because she was depressed, hadn’t been sleeping well for months, lost her appetite, and stopped getting along with her family and her boss. She was drinking too much and her friends and her husband were worried about her.

Jane’s primary care physician referred her to a HealthLinkNow (HLN) Telepsychiatrist and she was able to make an appointment from her home computer within a week. The HealthLinkNow psychiatrist treated Jane via a secure and private online videoconferencing system and listened to Jane talk about what has been happening to her. Together, they determined that Jane has severe depression and needs help.

The psychiatrist electronically prescribed medications for Jane, and created a treatment plan which was sent to Jane and her primary care physician.

The psychiatrist electronically prescribed medications for Jane, and created a treatment plan which was sent to Jane and her primary care physician. Jane was able to access health information about depression through the HealthLinkNow patient portal and received her treatment and follow up care with the HLN psychiatrist who collaborated closely with her primary care doctor.

Jane liked seeing her psychiatrist from the privacy of her own home. She responded well to this convenient treatment approach, like most people with mental illness who are treated in a timely manner. She was able to find a new job and is doing very well.