How telehealth helped Michele overcome panic disorder with agoraphobiaPosted on 02/07/23 11:21:am
Share this article:Taking part in telehealth treatment through Rogers Connect can be a challenging prospect. Thank you to former patient Michele for sharing her experience with telehealth through Rogers’ St. Paul clinic and how it changed her life.
"I had my hesitations about trying Rogers because it’s scary to get help. But I am so glad that I did not let this stop me from getting the help I so desperately needed.
I started telehealth OCD and Anxiety partial hospitalization care (PHP) in November of 2021. It was a huge adjustment as I was used to having my own very flexible schedule and I had never participated in any sort of intense therapy or treatment programs for my severe panic disorder with agoraphobia. After about two weeks in the program, I would wake up each morning looking forward to logging on and doing the program for the day.
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) was so key for me. I was scared to death to be exposed to the things I so feared, but my amazing therapist broke things down into tiny baby steps to make them more doable. Each little step I accomplished felt like such a huge victory to me!
The program’s group time was also so beneficial to me. I had a completely open and vulnerable group that I connected with so well. For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel like I was alone in my mental health struggles. My therapists and group members grew to feel like family to me.
After finishing PHP, I moved the next step down to IOP, which was a great experience as well. This program helped me to keep working toward my goals and doing exposures while also preparing me for adjusting back to regular everyday life. I was so lucky to work with all of the amazing staff.
I am in complete recovery now. My panic disorder and agoraphobia is now rarely present in my life. Honestly, as cliché as it may sound, Rogers changed my life. I would highly recommend it with total confidence!"