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Behavioral medicine now offers options like individual or group sessions and on-demand treatments that can be utilized without a therapist. (Credit: Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock) Behavioral medicine now offers options like individual or group sessions and on-demand treatments that can be utilized without a therapist. (Credit: Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put an enormous strain on the health care system, delaying non-emergency medical care, potentially creating a higher risk for pain patients. However, the behavioral health community is adjusting with transitions to telemedicine and other alternatives that allow their patients to receive the care they need. Knowing clinicians are feeling additional stress during this time, telehealth options are readily available for the health care community too. We cannot expect those working in health care to properly care for others unless we are prioritizing their mental health needs.

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