Frequently Asked Questions

What is Telemedicine?

The American Telemedicine Association defines Telemedicine as “the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology” and can involve the use of internet, wireless, telephone, and satellite. To learn more about Telemedicine, please visit the American Telemedicine Association FAQ page.

What is Telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is the practice of psychiatry-specific telemedicine. The field of psychiatry is inherently well-suited to using telemedicine techniques as there is generally no physical exam component involved during appointments. These days, most telepsychiatry is done via real-time televideo-conferencing methods very similar to a Skype or FaceTime session. As long as you are at a location with reasonably fast internet access, you can see an online psychiatrist for your appointment.


Why See an Online Psychiatrist?

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Convenience and comfort. No more battling congested traffic just to arrive at your appointment late. No more sitting in uncomfortable waiting rooms reading outdated magazines and trying to make awkward small talk with other patients. With telepsychiatry, there’s no need to leave your home or office. Just sit down in front of your computer, smartphone, or tablet at your appointment time and start your appointment. Then go back to whatever you were doing once your appointment is over. All you need is a broadband internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. If you can use Skype or Google Hangouts, you can conduct telepsychiatry appointments.

Efficient high-quality care. Research has shown that patients receiving telepsychiatry care are just as comfortable with their psychiatrists as patients receiving in-person psychiatric care, with similarly positive treatment outcomes. And because telepsychiatry appointments can be conducted from the patient’s home or office, hundreds of hours can potentially be saved each year from no longer needing to travel to and from the psychiatrist’s office or sitting in waiting rooms.


Recommended Books/Resources:


Mind over Mood: Change How you feel by changing the way you think

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

A Deeper Shade of Blue: A Woman's Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years

How we Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People--Their Secrets, Their Stories

The Mindful Way Workbook

Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition: The Secret That Will Revolutionize Your Relationships

 The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

 Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Pain

I Dont Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

Driven to Distraction

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder

The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Scattered Minds

Opioid Use Disorder


What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

Postpartum Depression and the African American Community 



Helpful Websites:


The Role of technology in Pediatric Behavioral healthcare

NAMI Martin County

Neurobehavioral Counseling & Consulting   

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness 

Postpartum Support Charleston

Benefits of Magnesium




How to build a meaningful mom tribe


Peer-reviewed publications:

Miller BH, Schultz LE, Gulati A, Pletcher MT. Phenotypic characterization of a genetically diverse panel of mice for behavioral despair and anxiety. PLos One 2010.

Miller BH, Schultz LE, Gulati A, et al. Haplotype -based genetic genetic analysis of behavioral despair in inbred mouse strains. BMC Biology. 2009

Schneyer AL, Sidis, Y, Gulati, A et al. Differential Antagonism of Activin, Myostatin, and GDF11 by Wild Type and Mutant Follistatin. Endocrinology 2008.

Miller, B.H., Schultz, L.E., Gulati, A, et al. Genetic Regulation of Behavioral and Neuronal Responses to Fluoxetine. Neuropsychopharmacology 2008.

Miller, B.H., Gulati, A,, and Pletcher, M.T. Strain-dependent behavioral and neuronal responses to fluoxetine. Neuroscience. Abstr., 2006

Oral/Poster Presentations:

Fleisch, S, Gulati, A, Watson,A. UNC Homeless Support Program: Developing a Street Outreach Community Rotation for Psychiatry Residents. International Street Medicine Symposium. October 2013. Boston, MA

Schneyer, A, Sidis, Y., Keutmann, H., Gulati, A, Sun, J., and Krasney, P. Follistatin Binding To Activin And Myostatin Involves Partially Distinct Contact Regions: Implications For Development Of Ligand-Specific Antagonists. The Endocrine Society’s 89th Annual Meeting, Oral/Poster presentation, 2006

Thesis Research:

Gulati, A. Identification of Follistatin Mutations that Differentially Bind and Inhibit TGF-B Family Members Myostatin and Activain A (Funded by Pfizer, Inc.) Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School, 2005-2008

Thesis Research Summary: My investigations identified molecules that can inhibit myostatin, a negative regulator of muscle growth, thereby increasing muscle mass, and therefore quality of health, in patients with disease related cachexia (ex. Cancer, AIDS patients) without the side effects resulting from concurrent inhibition of related proteins. 




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