By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office
July 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- On one end is a psychiatrist.
On the other could be a person suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, psychosis or a mood disorder.
They’re in separate areas of the county, yet can speak to and see each other through a secure video connection.
It’s called telepsychiatry and the County has been offering the service for nearly 10 years to increase access to psychiatric care for people across San Diego County, providing diagnosis, treatment and medication management. It consists of two-way, real time, interactive audio and video to provide psychiatric care, when participants are in different geographic locations.